In order to pursue its objectives to facilitate regional integration and rejuvenate links with Commonwealth of Independent States countries, Pakistan-Afghanistan Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PAJCCI) has taken an initiative to visit Dushanbe, Tajikistan.
It will attend Business to Business meetings conducted by USAID/Afghanistan Trade Revenue Project (ATAR).
The delegation comprised businesses from across Pakistan and is led by PAJCCI Co-President Zubair Motiwala.
The objective of the visit is to support the increase of trade turnover of Central and South Asia through direct private sector engagement. PAJCCI in this context would ensure possible MoUs mutually beneficial for the regional integration and tapping potential business linkages.
During the meetings, entrepreneurs from Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan and Pakistan will meet and learn about potential business opportunities in each country.
The products, which are the main focus of this event, include food processing, construction materials, and textiles. This will introduce exporters and importers from all four countries and facilitate business negotiations between them. It will also present investment opportunities at Free Economic Zones in Tajikistan.
Regional trade and transit issues will also be discussed and a sustainable mechanism for long-term cooperation among Chambers in the region to include the formation of Joint Business Council will be deliberated. In order to further engage the participants, site visits to production facilities and markets in Dushanbe are also planned.
Pakistan was one of the first countries to establish diplomatic relations with Tajikistan soon after its independence in 1991. Bilateral ties between the two countries are based on mutual respect, shared interests, and a common desire to promote peace, stability and development in the region and beyond. Recent visit of Prime Minister Pakistan to Tajikistan is also illustrative of high priority and commitment to further deepen Pakistan’s engagement with Central Asia.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 22nd, 2014.
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