Textile sector pins high hopes on Tajikistan

ISLAMABAD: All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) Central Chairman Mohsin Aziz has said that Tajikistan has the capacity to help us overcome many problems being 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.

Aziz said this while talking to Pakistan Economy Watch President Dr Murtaza Mughal before leaving for Dushanbe on the special invitation of Tajikistan’s president.

The delegation includes Ambassador of Tajikistan Dr Zubaydullo N Zubaydov, APTMA former president Gohar Ejaz, central vice chairman Akbar Seth, Punjab region chairman Ahsan Bashir, Sindh-Balochistan region Chairman Yasin Siddike and APTMA Committee of WTO and Market Access Chairman Suhail Tabba.

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 90,000 tonnes 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. APTMA chairman said that Tajikistan exports cotton, aluminium, fresh and dry fruits to Pakistan but we are eager to get energy without which the 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. 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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