Pakistan is fast strengthening trade ties and getting access to markets of several developed countries around the globe in an attempt to increase exports, which is a must to do away with the pressure on the rupee, build foreign currency reserves and steer the country out of the financial crisis.
"We have got increased market access to China, Europa, Indonesia...and a small market access in Qatar," said Adviser to Prime Minister for Commerce, Investment, Industries, Production and Textile Abdul Razak Dawood during a visit to a Dawlance factory on Friday.
"Now I am going to the United States to get more market access there," he said, adding that there were four other countries with whom Islamabad was negotiating to get more market access, which included Canada, Japan, South Korea and Australia.
"All of us in Pakistan must understand that without (revival of) exports this country is not going anywhere," he remarked while emphasising that exports were increasing at a fast pace.
"Are the country's exports increasing fast," he asked and said in the same breath "the answer is yes."
He said exports increased 14percent in July 2019 compared to July 2018. "That is good, but still not good enough. We have to do a lot more. Data for August is keenly awaited to see whether the trend is sustained," he said.