27th May, 2016: A high-ranking delegation from Germany inaugurated the newly created German Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GPCCI) at the Marriott Hotel, Karachi tonight. German Ambassador Ina Lepel, Dr. Stephan Oswald, Division Head of the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Rainer Schmiedchen, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Karachi and prominent business leaders were present. The guests enjoyed the Sindhi music played on the traditional instruments aloghoza, sitar and chung as well as Pakistan’s first and only sand artist Ameer Mukhtar’s show.
“This is an important step to further deepen our bilateral business ties,” ambassador Lepel stated. “The German-Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GPCCI) will provide a new and permanent home for all German companies in Pakistan, Pakistani companies working with German products and Pakistani companies trading with Germany.”
Chairman GPCCI, Mr. Qazi Sajid Ali, thanked the German missions in Pakistan, the Commerce Ministry, as well as the bodies of GPTI and PGBF for extending their unabated and selfless support during the process of building this concept and bringing it to fruition.
GPCCI is the first European bilateral chamber in Pakistan. It will support its members by offering an ever-increasing range of services aimed at facilitating bilateral trade and direct investment. The inaugural ceremony ended with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the GPCCI and the Pakistan German Renewable Energy Forum (PGREF) whereby GPCCI will provide a secretariat for PGREF in Karachi and will help promote German expertise in renewable energy as part of the PGREF program.