Secretary Commerce meeting the PAJCCI delegation
Pakistan Afghanistan Joint Chamber of Commerce & Industry (PAJCCI delegation, led by Zubair Motiwala, Chairman & Khan Jan Alokozai, Co-Chairman had meeting with the Secretary Commerce today at the Ministry of Commerce, Islamabad . Mr. Junaid Makda president PAJCCI, Mr. Younus Momand vice president PAJCCI Afghanistan, Daroo Khan senior Vice President PAJCCI Pakistan, Mozammil Shinwari Advisor to CEO Afghanistan , Mr. Jamaluddin Achakzai, President Chaman Chamber of Commerce and others also attended the meeting.
Motiwala reiterated the significance of economic ties between Pakistan and Afghanistan and Secretary Commerce , Mr. Mohammad Younus Dagha assured the delegation that Pakistan gives immense importance to the economic relationship with Afghanistan. Pakistan invited Afghan Minister for Commerce for meeting in Islamabad in January 2018, although Afghanistan has postponed 7th APTTCA meeting indefinitely. The Ministry of Commerce desires to discuss all outstanding issues in bilateral and transit trade and have been working vigorously to resolve the impediments from Pakistan side.
It was pointed out that, a draft text of the proposed PTA has been shared with Afghanistan through diplomatic channels in 2014. During the 10th Session of Pak-Afghan Joint Economic Commission (JEC) meeting held in Islamabad on 23rd November, 2015, the Afghan side assured to convey their response on the draft text of the PTA by January, 2016, which is still awaited. Pakistan is willing to have PTA with Afghanistan.
The delegation discussed problems of customs valuation, bonded carriers, regulatory duty, quarantine issues, visa issues faced by businessmen from both sides. It was agreed that Visa regime in both the countries should be improved further by making categories like: business visa and visit visa. For business visa specifically, PAJCCI recommendation letter should be made mandatory, so that it can authenticate the process and resolve the irritants.
Alokozai acknowledged support of Ministry of Commerce, Pakistan and resolved to work to arrange 7th meeting of APTTCA and bilateral Ministerial Meeting as soon as possible. He stated that Afghanistan values historical brotherly relations between the two countries and tansit through Pakistan is the best available route for Afghan trade. Motiwala on behalf of PAJCCI assured support and facilitation for holding APTCCA meeting even in Pakistan, if need be.