Islamabad, April 30, 2014 (PPI-OT): PAJCCI’s third Annual Conference on “Way-Forward – Afghanistan in Transition: Looking Beyond 2014” commenced on April 30, 2014 at Islamabad. PAJCCI has always engaged both officials and business community across the border at the same platform to deliberate and discuss way forward.
Keeping the latest developments in terms of new governmental set-up in Pakistan, elections in Afghanistan, withdrawal of US troops, PAJCCI has organized the forum to delve into significance of such challenges and upcoming strategies to help stabilize the economic and peace developments throughout the region via Pakistan and Afghanistan corridors.
Khan Jan Alkozai, President PAJCCI elaborated on the pretext of Afghanistan in Post 2014 scenario and highlighted that Afghanistan is not the same as it was thirty years ago. It is now an increasingly urban, substantially more connected, academically sound nation in contrast to previous years. The challenges exist but Afghanistan would not disengage and leave connectivity with international community.
Zubair Motiwala, Co-President PAJCCI stated that Pakistan’s role in Afghanistan’s development and stability is multidimensional. Pakistan has made tangible commitments to the Afghanistan’s future and intends to continue the same in Post 2014 scenario.
He established that not only transit but bilateral trade must be strengthened significantly to cement the relationships between the two countries. He also appreciated the peaceful and constructive election process in Afghanistan and confirmed that this illustrates commitment of Afghanistan towards a prosperous and self-sustainable future.
The session was transformed into Panel deliberations between , H.E. Abbas Khan Afridi, Federal Minister for Textile industry – Pakistan, H.E. Janan Mosazai, Ambassador Afghanistan to Pakistan, H.E. Wafiullah Iftekhar, President, Afghanistan Investment Support Agency, Ms. Anjum Assad Amin, Joint Secretary – Ministry of Commerce Pakistan, Mr. Khawar Fareed Maneka, Director General Transit Trade, Mr. Khurshid Marwat, Commercial Attache, Pakistan Embassy in Kabul, Mr. Fahim Rahimi, In-charge Pakistan Desk, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Afghanistan, Dr. Naeem Khan, Director Transit Trade – Peshawar.
H.E. Ambassador Afghanistan appreciated role of PAJCCI and extended that embassy and consulates of Afghanistan and Pakistan is currently issuing 6 months multiple visa to Pakistani business community especially on recommendation of PAJCCI.
H.E. Wafiullah Iftekhar deliberated that as per MoU between AISA and PAJCCI, the business license in Afghanistan would be facilitated upon recommendation letter of PAJCCI.
H.E. Abbas Khan Afridi, Federal Minister for textile industry established that this is an important forum but strategizing is more important and due execution is critical. This forum should resolve issues one by one and facilitate trade and transit across the border. He further highlighted that immediate reforms may be devised and implemented to establish confidence amongst each other.
During the interactive session, on the spot decisions were taken and answered accordingly. Ambassador Afghanistan committed to extend 12 months duration visas to PAJCCI members. In response to a project proposal of setting up factory in Kabul by PAJCCI member, Wafiullah Iftekhar committed to allocate plot to investors on the basis of relevant project proposals. It was proposed to Ministry of Commerce and DG Transit Trade by Zubair Motiwala that in order to resolve transit issues immediately, a committee may be formulated on urgent basis to deal with tactical and operational issues.
The recommendation was well accepted and proposal is sought from PAJCCI that a proposal in this context may be submitted to Ministry of Commerce and FBR. It was also highlighted that Ghulam Khan check post needs to be activated but DG transit trade elaborated due to law and order situation and he would further see to this matter.
The conference participants included Executive Committee of PAJCCI, Ambassadors and Commercial Attaches’, Chambers of Commerce, Custom and Governmental officials and most importantly business and trading community across the border.
For more information, Contact:
Pakistan Afghanistan Joint Chamber Of Commerce and Industry
Tel No: 021-99218024-7,