Pak-Afghan Businessmen, Officials Agree to boost joint trade

Pak-Afghan Businessmen, Officials Agree to boost joint trade

…The agreement was reached at a meeting of local businessmen with Acting Consul General of Afghan

PESHAWAR: Acting Consul General Afghan Consulate in Peshawar, Hafiz Mohibullah Shakir and businessmen from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have agreed over launching of collective efforts for removal of hindrances between Pak-Afghan bilateral and Transit trade.

The agreement reached during a meeting of local businessmen with Acting Consul General of Afghan Consulate held on Friday. 

The businessmen were led by Director Pak-Afghan Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PAJCCI), Zia-ul-Haq Sarhadi. 

Second Secretary Consulate General, Mufti Noorullah Hotak, Commercial Attache, Waheedullah Himat and Protocol Officer, Shahid Ullah Zaheer were also present in the meeting.

Zia-ul-Haq Sarhadi,who was also former Senior Vice President of Sarhad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI), apprised the participants of the meeting by problems being faced by businessmen dealing in Pak-Afghan trade.

Zia raised various issies included restoration of Afghan document Ilm- Khabar document, constitution of a liason committee between the two countries, problems faced by exporters, importers, industrialists and others. 

On this occasion,the Afghan Consulate officials expressed some reservations on unnecessary and unregistered checking points at Torkhem border, non-implementation of decision regarding cross tuffing of Afghan transit container into local container, inflicting losses on Afghan businessmen under the head of detention charges.They also give some suggestion to bring betterment and boos up trade with Afghanistan.

The Afghan envoys also expressed reservation over delay in checking of Afghan transit goods at Karachi sea port, causing delay in reaching of consignment.

Zia Sarhadi said it was the need of the day to take steps from both sides of Pakistan and Afghanistan to remov all kinds of hindrances in trade between the two countries.

He said bilateral trade between Pakistan and Afghanistan is very essential for bringing prosperity in the region and this goal can be achievement through launching of sincere efforts.

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