The Pakistan-Afghanistan Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PAJCCI) intends to enhance business ties between the two countries in specific and within the region in general.
The PAJCCI is conducting various activities to help strengthen confidence building, and in line of these efforts, a 12-member delegation comprising officials both from Pakistan and Afghanistan met the board of PAJCCI with respect to `Beyond Boundaries Project – Phase II’, according to a PAJCCI statement issued here on Tuesday night.
It said the the Afghan delegation was led by Khalid Pashtoon and Pakistan delegation by Dr. Shoaib Suddle. Junaid Makda, Director PAJCCI, on behalf of Zubair Motiwala, President
PAJCCI, conducted the briefing.
Junaid Makda presented the introduction and work procedure of PAJCCI, while also highlighting the achievements of PAJCCI in a short span of time in strengthening business across the border.
He enlisted several initiatives that formally helped in policy making and arbitration amongst private sector of both the countries. He highlighted tariff rationalisation and development of export house as need of the hour.
Khalid Pashtoon, the head of Afghan delegation, highlighted various matters and urged the PAJCCI to voice mutual concerns for amicable resolution. Mozammil Shinwari, former deputy minister of the Ministry of Commerce and Industries, Afghanistan, expressed his views on transit and bilateral trade.
While acknowledging PAJCCI’s role in strengthening bilateral trade, Shoaib Suddle, the head of Pakistan delegation, stressed that more improvement may be brought in mutual trade.
He urged that both the governments should take steps to improve trade relations for greater good.
Faiza, Secretary General PAJCCI, raised visa related issues. She said Tajikistan being another land-locked country should be included in trilateral bond. Shazia Marri, Member of Standing Committee of Commerce, National Assembly, commended the role of PAJCCI in the betterment of Pakistan Afghanistan transit and bilateral trade.
She invited PAJCCI board to meet the Standing Committee of National Assembly on Commerce to discuss the problems more precisely. She also promised to raise the highlighted matters at government level for prompt and considerate resolution.