Sri Lanka’s exports to Pakistan can be more diversified: Business potential seen in power generation: Official

Apr 06, 2015 (LBO) – Sri Lanka can increase its exports to Pakistan through diversification and investment in power generation will be one such area to explore, a Pakistani official said.

“There is very little diversification in the products that Sri Lanka is exporting to Pakistan,” Hazan Ali Zaigam, First Secretary, High Commission of Pakistan in Sri Lanka says.

“There’s a lot of potential in Pakistan for investment in power generation,”

“While, Pakistan is also looking at Sri Lankan firms for investments in the sugar, cement and pharmaceutical sectors,”

“Blended tea is another good traditional product that you can look at.”

Zaigam was speaking at a trade forum organized by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce in Colombo recently.

He said potential in power generation investments in Pakistan is vast and Sri Lanka can do well in this area, as it is experienced in mini-hydro power development.

“We know Sri Lankan companies are experienced in mini-hydro power development.” Zaigam said.

“Pakistan offers upfront tariffs and private power purchase agreements for 20 years,”

“There are many foreign companies coming into Pakistan.”

The Sri Lanka-Pakistan free trade deal covers about 5,000 products.

Sri Lanka’s Statistics Department data shows total trade volume between Pakistan and Sri Lanka stands 461 million US dollars in 2012, an increase of 130 percent over the 2005 figure of 200 million US dollars.

“Yet, this is far from the desired target,” Zaigam said.

“Looking at Sri Lankan exports to Pakistan, growth has largely been in similar products to those exported prior to the agreement.”