Pakistan to enhance agri exports to Tajik: Khurram


December 23, 2014 –

ISLAMABAD(APP)– Federal Minister for Commerce Engr Khurram Dastgir Khan said that Pakistan would massively enhance its agriculture exports to Tajikistan as Tajikistan was planning to enhance its regular stocks of agricultural goods in the near future.

He made these remarks while talking to Tajik Minister for Reserves N A Akhmedov here on Tuesday. Tajik Ambassador to Pakistan Jononov Sher Ali was also present in the meeting. He said that the trilateral transit trade agreement between Pakistan, Afghanistan and Tajikistan would provide a great boost to trade and investment among the three countries and bring down barriers hampering regional trade.

The Ministry of Commerce had previously proposed to the Tajik side for entering into bilateral Preferential Trade Agreement which the minister reiterated in his meeting with the Tajik minister. The two ministers also discussed the proposal to enhance the current trade volume of $9.07 million in 2013-14 to $500 million in the next three years as agreed in the meeting of prime minister of Pakistan and president of Tajikistan held in June this year.

The minister informed Akhmedov about the breakthrough achieved during the recent visit of the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to Pakistan, where it was agreed that Pakistan, Tajikistan and Afghanistan would discuss Trilateral Transit Trade Agreement on the sidelines of next Afghanistan Pakistan Transit Trade Coordination Authority meeting scheduled to be held in the beginning of January next year. This is a big step towards providing route to access the sea port to Tajikistan which is a landlocked country.

Tajik minister said that the Tajik government was concerned about the food security of the country and wants to enhance its standing food stocks in the near future for which it seeks Pakistan’s help. Only 7 per cent of the total area of the Tajikistan is cultivable and Tajikistan is heavily dependent upon import of food products, he said adding Pakistan could fulfill the requirements of the population of Tajikistan which was very small as compared to that of Pakistan.

He sought the help of Ministry of Commerce to import wheat, sugar, cooking oil, cotton seed and vegetables from Pakistan. Khurram also proposed to sign a Memorandum of Cooperation between the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan and the Trade Promotion Organisation of Tajikistan to develop stronger trade linkages between the two countries. He also proposed the establishment of Joint Business Councils between the business communities of both the countries.

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