Pakistan Afghanistan Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry to enhance tri-lateral trade relations between Pakistan, Afghanistan and Russia

Islamabad, May 09, 2013 (PPI-OT): The intention to strengthen ties between Russia and Pakistan using a platform of Pakistan Afghanistan Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PAJCCI) was discussed in a called on meeting between H.E Andrey V. Demidov, Consul General, Consulate General of the Russian Federation and Mr. Muhammad Zubair Motiwala, President PAJCCI. Mr. Junaid Makda, Director, PAJCCI, Mr. Dmitry Bondarenko, Attache, Russian Consulate Karachi, Ms. Faiza, Secretary General, PAJCCI and Syed Mairaj Ahmad, Business Development Manager, PAJCCI were also present in the meeting.

Mr. Motiwala elaborated on the background of establishment of this unique Chamber and objectives of this entity to facilitate bi-lateral trade between the two nations. He also briefed about initiatives taken by PAJCCI in a short span of time and informed Consul General regarding achievement of PAJCCI in amicably resolving issues related to APTTA which were pending since long between the two countries. With the foresight to sort out concerns of business communities across the border, the board in its meeting unanimously agreed on 8 most important resolutions which were also presented as a joint document in the APTTCA meeting held in October 2012.

Mr. Demidov showed immense interest in Chamber’s achievements in form of developing mutual business between the two countries, using PAJCCI’s membership database and expertise to increase business from Pakistan by transiting through CIS countries to Russia. He also acknowledged interest of both Turkey and Tajikistan in PAJCCI to have tripartite engagements with them for better regional co-operation and enhanced economic activities.

In response to Mr. Junaid Makda’s question regarding strengthening the regional trading block, Mr. Demidov showed interest in exploring common landscape between Pak-Afghan and Russia to develop strong regional trading capabilities and assured sharing of pertinent information and business opportunities with PAJCCI.

He believed that there are lots of untapped opportunities available in Pakistan and Afghanistan which shall benefit CIS countries and more specifically Russia. In this context, he showed intention to collaborate with PAJCCI in order to penetrate in this unexploited segment for greater economic benefit for all stakeholders.

Mr. Motiwala elaborated on available opportunities in Pakistan and Afghanistan specifically in the field of construction and allied material; textile; fresh fruits and its processing; minerals and mining etc. and suggested H.E. Consul General to identify opportunities of potential business available in Russia which can be tapped by PAJCCI’s members for mutual benefits. Mr. Motiwala sought that triangular businessmen interaction between Russia, Pakistan and Afghanistan is highly required to establish confidence in the business community across the countries.

Mr. Motiwala extended invitation to H.E. Mr. Andrey V. Demidov for further meeting to discuss opportunities of collaboration for strengthening the relationship between Russia, Pakistan and other CIS countries using the route of Afghanistan.

For more information, Contact:
Pakistan Afghanistan Joint Chamber Of Commerce and Industry
Tel No: 021-99218024-7,
Fax: 021-99218028,
Email: info@pajcci.com

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