Khokrapar-Monabao border: World Bank asked to study trade promotion

KCCI suggests all facilities should be provided to boost trade with India.


Our Correspondent July 29, 2013
KCCI President Muhammad Haroon Agar praised the bank’s initiative to study the improvement in trade on the Wagah-Attari border. ILLUSTRATION: JAMAL KHURSHID.

KARACHI:


The Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) has urged the World Bank Group on Trade and Transport Facilitation to undertake an assessment study on Khokrapar-Monabao border trade in an effort to start exchange of goods on the pattern of Wagah-Attari border Lahore.


Exchanging views with a delegation of the World Bank Group on Trade and Transport Facilitation, KCCI President Muhammad Haroon Agar praised the bank’s initiative to study the improvement in trade on the Wagah-Attari border.

Describing Pakistan Railways’ network as extremely weak, he said cross-border trade totally depended on road transport, but it was very costly due to high consumption of expensive fuel. This, he said, underlined the need of a study to revive Pakistan Railways for promoting trade with Afghanistan and India.

WB delegation group leader Diep Nguyen-van Houtte told businessmen that in response to Pakistan’s request for support in trade and transport facilitation, the bank’s initial scoping mission was on a visit to Pakistan to conduct site visits and hold discussions with the public and private sectors in Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 30th, 2013.

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