WASHINGTON DC: Pakistan’s Ambassador to the US Masood Khan has said that Pakistan’s year-on-year exports to the United States have increased by 23% while last year, the total volume of exports, for the first time, crossed US$ 5 billion.
Masood Khan said that Pakistan’s exports to the US have already grown to US$ 6.16 billion in the July-May 2021-22 period. The figures of June, which have yet to come, would further enhance the overall volume of total Pakistan’s exports the US.
In the last financial year, Pakistan’s imports from the United States stood at US$ 2.4 billion. In the July-May 2021-22 period, they have increased to US$ 2.72 billion.
So, our imports from the United States have increased marginally whereas there has been a huge rise in our exports, he said.
“The United States is an important trading partner and the single largest export destination for Pakistan. The spurt in our exports is a very promising trend”, Ambassador Masood Khan said.
Pakistan’s total exports to US in the sectors of Services and IT have crossed US$ 2 billion. Cumulatively, the total volume of exports should be more than US$ 8 billion, including services and IT.
“Pakistan’s tech sector, supported mainly by the United States’ entrepreneurs, has shown extraordinary results. It is poised to continue on its positive trajectory”, the Ambassador said.
In recent months, the tech startups in Pakistan have invested and earned half a billion dollars. The digital enterprises in Pakistan are fast becoming global, ready for exponential growth.
“The Pak-US partnership in the tech sector will grow in strength in the years to come”, Masood Khan said.
In the recent past, Pakistan has emphasized closer trade and investment ties between Pakistan and the United States.
The remarkable performance of Pakistan’s exports to the US market would reinforce such trends and deepen the engagement between the two Countries.
Pakistan and the United States held an intersessional meeting of trade and investment in March 2022, which was led by the Assistant US Trade Representative Mr. Christopher Wilson from the US side, and the Secretary Commerce Muhammad Sualeh Ahmad Faruqui, from the Pakistani side.
Both sides are preparing for a Ministerial meeting under Trade and Investment Framework (TIFA) during summer or early fall this year.