Tajikistan allows workforce hiring from Pakistan

Published: September 1, 2015
Envoy asks investors to set up textile units in Central Asian state. PHOTO: ONLINE

Envoy asks investors to set up textile units in Central Asian state. PHOTO: ONLINE

FAISALABAD: Tajikistan has allowed Pakistan’s investors, who set up textile manufacturing units in free trade zones of the Central Asian state, to hire workforce from their home country.

“There are four free trade zones in Tajikistan with lucrative incentives; Pakistani investors could import textile machinery without any taxes or duties,” said Maruf Jon Abdurahmonov, Consular Economic Section and Head of Visa Section at the Embassy of Tajikistan.

Speaking at the Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the envoy said the business community of Pakistan and Tajikistan should establish direct contacts in order to encourage trade and tap the potential between the two countries.

He pointed out that Tajikistan, where 93% of land constitutes hilly areas with population equal to that of Faisalabad, was a gateway to other Central Asian states.

Pakistani kinnow, garments, potato and mango juice are very popular in Tajikistan. Similarly, Tajikistan is rich in electricity and will provide electricity to Pakistan through the Central Asia-South Asia (Casa-1,000) power supply programme.

The envoy recalled that during the Soviet era a big textile unit was set up in Tajikistan to cater to the huge demand from the Soviet Union. This unit has now become redundant, but new and small units are being established to meet the need of domestic market.

He asked businessmen and industrialists of Faisalabad, who had expertise in textile manufacturing, to come forward and establish textile units in Tajikistan.

Until 2007, according to the envoy, trade between Pakistan and Tajikistan was restricted below $100 million, which is now growing satisfactorily with room for a quantum jump in future. Highlighting the liberal visa policy of Tajikistan, he announced that multiple business visas would be issued on the recommendation of the FCCI.

In reply to a question, he said Tajikistan had a renowned medical university where many Pakistanis were also enrolled. Still, he added, the Central Asian nation had an acute dearth of pharmaceutical manufacturing units.

“Earlier most of the medicines were imported from India, however, now 60% to 70% of medicines come from Pakistan.”

Tajikistan is holding many international exhibitions namely Interfood, Dushanbe International Health Care Exhibition, Info Com Expo and Tajik Build from October 14 to 16.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 1st, 2015.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • Nav
    Sep 1, 2015 - 8:13AM

    Good for Tajikistan. Pakistani youth will help Tajikistan to prosper, increase it’s exports and to create an industrial eco-system. Pakistani businessmen will shift their factory from Pakistan to Tajikistan, helping the economy of the Tajikistan.Recommend

  • Sanity
    Sep 1, 2015 - 9:41AM

    Not good for Pakistan, industries shall remain here. Govt should ensure all facilities shall be given to Pakistan business men and even to Tajik business men to invest within country.Recommend

  • leela4fun
    Sep 1, 2015 - 9:42AM

    With Pakistani help one wonders when will Tajikistan become an IT exporter?Recommend

  • dagan
    Sep 1, 2015 - 11:23AM

    Oh Dear!!!Recommend

  • Khalid Saeed
    Sep 1, 2015 - 2:23PM

    Human export to Tajikistan. Unfortunately People of Pakistan have become commodity for sale like other commodities. Corrupt politicians will be happy to open a new source of human export where they can make money as we have seen in gulf countries where Pakistanis are literally living as modern slaves. Pakistan needs new leader with vision of development so that each Pakistani can get a honorable job in his own country and use his abilities to develop Pakistan.Recommend

  • salman
    Sep 1, 2015 - 3:32PM

    LOL at the naive people who are against this news. Foreign workforce has always led to good amount of remittance for Pakistan so its a win win situation for both the countries in a way. If any local industry is not doing good here it can always move to there just like they did in Bangladesh and resulting in foreign remittance by helping our economy indirectly anyways.Recommend

  • Khalid Khan
    Sep 1, 2015 - 4:15PM

    Shame on Nawaz Sharif and his shameless finance minister the book keeper of the Sharif empire to make policies harmful to the existing industries who are now moving to much lucrative grounds to set up businesses there..Recommend

  • Bilawal
    Sep 1, 2015 - 4:17PM

    At this point, looking at the living conditions for an average pakistani in pakistan, he will do anything to get out of there. He will be away from his loved ones, but atleast he will have running water, electricity, gas and, a hope that he will be home safely, and most of all a chance to get a Tajik 2nd wife.Recommend

  • Karachi Wally
    Sep 1, 2015 - 4:52PM

    I have visited Tajikistan in 2008 and 2009 and noted that some Pakistanis work there on construction projects as engineers, QS, project managers. In many cases Pakistani men had married Tajik girls as second wife. Tajik women are quite famous for their beauty!Recommend

    Sep 1, 2015 - 6:47PM

    @ Karachi Wally.and Bilawal…It seem both of you are planning to go to Tajikistan to have 2nd wife ..good luck… Recommend

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