Minister for commerce leaves for Afghanistan to realise Prime Minister’s vision of trade enhancement and regional connectivity

Islamabad, April 14, 2015 (PPI-OT): Federal Minister for Commerce, Khurram Dastagir Khan left for Afghanistan today to realize prime minister’s vision of trade enhancement and regional connectivity. After Afghan president Ashraf Ghani’s visit to Pakistan; this is the first high level delegation visiting Afghanistan from Pakistan. During the visit trade facilitation between the two neighbouring countries would be negotiated.

Pakistan-Afghanistan-Tajikistan transit trade agreement is also on the cards. This would unveil countless opportunities ensuring economic connectivity and integration for whole of the region after its materialization. In order to further strengthen the coordination with Central Asian Republics, a separate desk has been formed at ministry of commerce for Afghanistan and Central Asian Republics.

The government is looking towards Central Asian Republics in a bid to open up new avenues for trade enhancement. This was stated by Minister for commerce while leaving for Afghanistan. The last year’s economic performance , conclusion of Pak-US Business Opportunities Conference, successful Trade Policy Review by WTO, stable rating by Moody’s International clearly depict that economic policies of the present government are in a positive direction.

The federal minister further added that regional integration and trade liberalization is the norm of the day. The present government under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif is all set to expand and further strengthen trade ties with Afghanistan and Central Asian Republics.

The recent commitment of both the governments of Afghanistan and Pakistan has injected a new hope that CASA-1000 and TAPI projects would materialize soon, bringing further economic prosperity and trade integration in the region. The minister is scheduled to hold meetings with the Afghan President Dr Ashraf Ghani, Afghan chief executive Dr Abdullah Abdullah, Afghan National Economic Advisor Omar Zakhilwal and Afghan Finance minister Mr Eklil Ahmed Hakimi.

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