- Human and skill development is indeed crucial for attracting investments and fostering economic growth
Interview with Mr. Zaheer Ahmed — UAE-based Pakistani
PAGE: Tell me something about yourself, please:
Zaheer Ahmed: I am part of a Pakistani diaspora, residing in the UAE for the preceding 13 years. I am working as an aircraft engineer.
PAGE: What is your take on bilateral trade between Pakistan and the UAE?
Zaheer Ahmed: There is enormous potential between these countries for bilateral trade. The UAE is enriched with natural resources such as oil & gas; apart from that it’s a regional economic hub especially for the Middle East. On the contrary, Pakistan is enriched with fruit/vegetables and human resources.
PAGE: What is your standpoint on the UAE investment in Pakistan?
Zaheer Ahmed: It’s a win-win situation, both countries would take advantage of the investment. The UAE has capital and Pakistan is a land of opportunities and has a huge market. The only thing remaining is transparency, commitment, and fulfillment of the agreements from both sides.
PAGE: Do you reckon our policies are working wonders in terms of exporting more products to the UAE?
Zaheer Ahmed: I think so, the incumbent government personnel who’re mainly technocrats are working very hard to explore new avenues for exports. They should also work on human/skill development so more and more investment could be brought into the country.
PAGE: What is your take on government-to-government contacts between Pakistan and the UAE?
Zaheer Ahmed: I see communication gaps. I believe more diplomatic efforts should be exerted especially from our side and confidence-building measures should be taken. Our foreign office should have an entirely separate unit for the Middle East Region. We have a great history of relationship with the UAE, and it should be further strengthened.