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Business Community Invited to Participate in Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan in Dushanbe

Islamabad: Pakistan’s business community must participate actively in the fifth Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan (RECCA), being held in Dushanbe, Tajikistan on March 26-27, 2012, in order to better articulate the interests of the country’s private sector and to explore opportunities for regional trade and investment.

This was stated by Mr. Zubaydullo N. Zubaydov, the Ambassador of the Republic of Tajikistan to Pakistan, while paying a visit to the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) Head Office on Monday, February 27, 2012.

Mr. Zubaydov was greeted at the Federation House by Syed Masood Alam Rizvi, Secretary General-FPCCI. Also present on the occasion were Mr. Mansha Churra, Mr. Nasiruddin Sheikh, Sardar Shakat Popalzai and other members of the business community.

In his welcome remarks, the Secretary General thanked Mr. Zubaydov for playing a very active role in furthering Pak-Tajik commercial ties. In particular, he lauded Mr. Zubaydov’s services in facilitating the FPCCI delegation’s visit to Tajikistan in 2011.

He reminded Mr. Zubaydov that FPCCI’s delegation to Tajikistan, whereby more than 100 high ranking businessmen flew to Dushanbe on a specially chartered jet, was Pakistan’s largest delegation ever to any country. The visit was extremely useful in networking with the Tajik business community, and exploring further avenues for cooperation and trade.

Mr. Zubaydov thanked the business community for their hospitality and said that they were always welcome in Tajikistan. He pointed out that Pakistan would be represented at the RECCA by the highest level of government and therefore, it would be very useful for the private sector to have a say as well.

He assured FPCCI of maximum facilitation with regard to the visit from the Embassy of Tajikistan, including free visa issuance and local hospitality.

Other issues discussed during the meeting were import of cotton and aluminium from Tajikistan. The possibility of a workable transit trade route to Tajikistan through Afghanistan in the future was also deliberated. The meeting concluded with presentation of the FPCCI crest to Mr. Zubaydov.

For more information, contact:
Malik Sohail Hussain
Chairman FPCCI Standing
Committee on Media and PR
Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI)
Tel: +9251 2251 891-3
Fax: +9251 2251 894
Cell: +92333 5155300; +92321 5155500
Email: malick.sohail@yahoo.com

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