Ishaq Dar meets Afghan Finance Minister

Baku, May 04, 2015 (PPI-OT): The Finance Minister Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar had a meeting with his Afghan counterpart Mr. Eklil Ahmad Hakimi here Monday. At the outset of the meeting, Dar said As part of his vision for a “Peaceful and prosperous” neighbourhood, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif places great emphasis on strong, stable and cooperative ties with Afghanistan. Such ties were mutually beneficial both for Pakistan as well as Afghanistan and would enhance regional peace, trade and economic opportunities for the people of the two countries.

Dar gave the Afghan Finance Minister an update on progress achieved on the decisions taken during the meeting between the two Finance Ministers last November. He said Pakistan had made continuous efforts to implement, as far as possible, all the decisions. For facilitation of transit trade, efforts were being made like development of Web Based One Customs (WeBOC) System which would help in bringing transparency in the system and enable the Afghan importers and Customs authorities in both countries to trace the cargo en-route to Afghanistan.

Pakistan had resumed work on incomplete projects in Afghanistan in health, education sectors etc. Dar said that funds for the Torkham-Jalalabad Highway had been released and the contractor would remobilize on ground within this month. Furthermore, the Rehman Baba School Boys Hostel would be completed very soon. Pakistan would extend all possible support to accomplish all tasks such as enhancing road / railways connectivity and energy projects.

Dar asked for expeditious response on different spheres from the Afghan side including road link between Pakistan and Tajikistan through Ishkashim (Afghanistan) and Joint Power Project on Kunar River. He said Pakistan also looked forward to an early response of the Afghan Government to the draft PTA between Afghanistan and Pakistan and the draft Trilateral Agreement on Transit Trade between Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Mr. Eklil Ahmad Hakimi expressed appreciation on Pakistan’s eagerness on completing projects in Afghanistan and said he would see to it that on all important matters, responses from the Afghan side were expedited.

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