Pakistan to hold trade talks with Afghanistan today

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

17th Nov, 2020. 11:31 am

A delegation led by Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Adviser on Commerce, Abdul Razak Dawood, will meet Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani in Kabul. They will discuss expanding trade.

According to the details, the delegation under Abdul Razak Dawood, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Commerce, Textile, Industries, and Investment, would also include Secretary Commerce, a member of Pakistan Customs, and senior officials of the Ministry of Commerce.

The Pakistani officials’ goal is “to start discussions on a new era of trade and investment cooperation so that the two economies may integrate more and further enhance our exports to Afghanistan and beyond”, Abdul Razak Dawood said on Twitter.

“Discussions will include bilateral trade, transit trade, discussion on a PTA and moving our trade to a more formal and documented arrangement,” he added.

In addition to this talks on formalizing the informal cross-border trade (ICBT) are also on the cards. Dawood is also set to meet Afghan President Ashraf Ghani

Earlier Dawood said that as the world returning to lockdowns, amid the resurgence of COVID-19 cases, the demand for Pakistan’s exports may also be affected. “I appeal to the exporters to be vigilant and aggressive so that they may be able to sustain their presence in the global markets,” he said.

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