Islamabad: A delegation from Afghanistan led by Afghan Finance Minister Dr. Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal discussed various dimensions of trade between Pakistan and Afghanistan in a meeting with Senior Minister for Commerce Makhdoom Amin Fahim, here today.
Dr. Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal appreciated the Pakistan governments’ efforts for promoting trade between two countries. He told the meeting that current 8th Session of Pak-Afghan Joint Economic Commission (JEC) proved to be very successful and it showed the government’s commitment and interest in promoting the bilateral relations between the two countries.
He also informed the meeting that Pakistan is the biggest trading partner for Afghanistan and Pakistan’s share of exports to Afghanistan is very high as compared to exports from Iran or other countries to Afghanistan. The exports from Pakistan to Afghanistan stood at 2336.7 million US$ and imports from Afghanistan to Pakistan were 172.0 million US$ in 2010-2011.
The meeting discussed at length the existing hurdles and irritants in bilateral trade between two countries. Several issues like stoppage of containers containing goods specifically for Afghan people in the wake of NATO’s container stoppage and other procedural hindrances in trade were discussed in detail.
While deliberating these issues, Senior Commerce Minister Makhdoom Amin Fahim assured the delegation that we are fully committed to address the issues and all type of Afghanistan’s concerns will be resolved on priority basis. He informed the delegation that other stakeholders like defense division, finance division and foreign affairs division of government of Pakistan are also involved in this matter.
Therefore the senior minister concluded that we will invite the Foreign, Defense and Finance Minister of Pakistan in a next meeting and we all will sit together to find some viable solution for the said concerns.
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Ministry of Commerce
Mr. Iftikhar Ali Qureshi,
ACS/Incharge Computer Section,