Trade Ties With Afghanistan
Trade Ties With Afghanistan: On the much awaited and need of the hour 7th Afghanistan- Pakistan Transit Trade Coordination Authority meeting by the Afghan side, Pakistan and Afghanistan expressed solidarity to enhance trade ties.
Both the sides expressed the desire
- to enhance trade relations between the two countries by overcoming existing challenges.
- The discussion focused on the SPS/Quarantine certification and removal of regulatory duties on selected items like fresh fruits and vegetables, dry fruits, etc to facilitate Afghanistan’s exports to Pakistan
- Deployment of Department of Plant Protection personnel on various border crossings was also discussed
- the secretary Ministry of National Food Security and Research informed the Afghan side that the personnel have been deployed at Chaman and Torkham initially and other border crossings will also be facilitated in due course.
- It was resolved that all-out efforts would be made to remove impediments hampering bilateral and transit trade.
- Pakistan and Afghanistan will increase interaction at technical and policy levels for the prompt resolution of issue from time to time.
Officials present in the meeting were Afghan Deputy Minister for Commerce Kamila Sidiqi , Mohammad Younus Dagha, Secretary Commerce,Fazal Abbas Maken, secretary National Food Security and Research, while officials of the Ministry at the Ministry of Commerce, officials of Ministry of National Food Security and Research, Federal Board of Revenue and Foreign Office were also present during the meeting.
Afghan delegation included
- Hamdullah Hamdard, Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock,
- Mir Saeed Saeedy, Director General International Trade, Ministry of Commerce,
- Khan Jan Alakozai, head of Afghan Chamber of Commerce and Industry,
- Najibullah Wardak, deputy director, Income, Ministry of Finance,
- Ahmed Shakir Qarar, deputy director, First Political Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
- Edrees Raouf, cotton specialist, Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock and Embassy officials.
The Afghan delegation thanked the Pakistan government for their hospitality and for accommodation of the concerns of Afghan traders and farmers.
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