Pakistan textile sector pin high hopes on Tajikistan

Islamabad: Central Chairman All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) Mohsin Aziz has said that Tajikistan has the capacity to help us overcome many problems faced by the Pakistani spinning, weaving and knitting industries.

Pakistan and Tajikistan enjoy excellent relations in areas of trade, economy, defence, education, investment, energy and human resource development and our visit will help cement times and augment trade, he said.

Mohsin Aziz said this before leaving for Dushanbe on the special invitation of President of Tajikistan.

The delegation include Ambassador of Tajikistan Dr. Zubaydullo N. Zubaydov, former president APTMA Gohar Ejaz, Akbar Seth, Central Vice Chairman, Ahsan Bashir, Chairman Punjab Region, Yasin Siddike, Chairman Sindh-Balochistan Region and Suhail Tabba, Chairman APTMA Committee of WTO and Market Access.

Mohsin Aziz said that during the visit we will seek enhanced cooperation in the fields of textiles, cement, and energy.

He said that Tajikistan, landlocked by Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan and China, exports over 90 thousand tons of cotton to 18 countries including Russia, Iran, Turkey and Latvia, and we desire to become its major trading partner.

He said that Central Asia South Asia (CASA) 1000 power project which is supported by the US administration and the World Bank can be of great help to energy starved Pakistan.

Chairman APTMA said that Tajikistan exports cotton, aluminium, fresh and dry fruits to Pakistan but we are eager to get energy without which economy will cripple. The central Asian state has traditionally been a major importer of grain, food products and petrochemicals from Kazakhstan, Russia, Poland, Ukraine and Georgia.

Mohsin Aziz said there is a direct flight between Islamabad and Dushanbe while increasing number of flights will help boost trade and tourism.

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