Dastgir said Pak-Afghan border to have more crossing points


ISLAMABAD : Minister for Commerce Khurram Dastgir Khan said more crossing points at Pak-Afghan border would be opened soon to facilitate trade between the two countries.

While addressing the concluding session of Pakistan, Afghanistan Central Asian Republics Trade Summit (PACTS) on Wednesday, the minister said that the government under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is practically re-discovering the Central Asian states to further enhance trade activities with these countries.

The day-long summit was organised by Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) in collaboration with United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Dastgir said the improved regional connectivity is the vision of the prime minister who is acting like an anchor of the regional activity. He said the purpose of regional connectivity is to improve quality of lives of people in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Central Asia.

Pakistan attached highest importance to the economic relations with Afghanistan and the Central Asian states and in future we would see growth in the country’s exports and transit trade with Afghanistan and other Central Asian Republics, he said. We are also interested to initiate Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) with Afghanistan and a proposal has already been sent to the neighboring country, he added.

He said Pakistan Railways is playing vital role in transporting goods to reduce the cost of trade he adding that visa issues are going to be resolved in the upcoming TIR convention. Due to government’s efforts in last three years, stability has been brought in Pakistan as energy crisis is gradually subsiding and infrastructure is being upgraded, Dastgir said.

The commerce minister said the government is committed to complete CASA-1000 and Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India (TAPI) energy projects despite being difficult in nature. He said the $46 billion mega project of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is going to transform the destiny of the people of region. Significant benefit of CPEC is connectivity between China, Pakistan, South Asia and Central Asia.

While addressing a press conference, President Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry Humayun Pervaiz said the summit would help explore the new trade avenues and business opportunities to discuss trade aspects and finding the means of ease of doing business between Pakistan, Afghanistan and Central Asia.

Source : APP

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