SCCI chief wants hurdles to Pak-Afghan trade removed

SCCI chief wants hurdles to Pak-Afghan trade removed

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: The Sarhad Chamber of Commerce and Industry President, EngrMaqsood Anwar Pervaiz has stressed the need for removal of hurdles to trade between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

SCCI chief called upon the Islamabad and Kabul to provide facilities to business community to further strengthen the mutual economic relations between the two countries.

He termed the increase in regulatory duties and tariff, delay in issuance of visas and lack of facilities at border as major obstacles in way of bolstering the mutual trade ties between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

EngrMaqsood while talking to Afghanistan Commercial Attaché in Peshawar, FawadArash and Deputy Commercial Attaché, Hamid Fazalkhil at the chamber house here on Friday. SCCI Senior Vice President, ShahidHussain, Vice President Abdul Jalil Jan and others were present in the meeting.

SCCI president said the mutual trade volume between Pak-Afghan has substantially declined due to high regulatory duties and tariff, introduced by the both governments which should be reviewed to give further boost to bilateral economic relations between the two neighbouring countries.

He called upon the Islamabad and Kabul to facilitate business community and take joint measures to amicable resolution of issues which is hampering the mutual trade between them. He furthermore demanded the timely issuance of visas to business community.

FawadArash said that Afghanistan and Pakistan are enjoying cordial relations due to their common religious, langague, culture and tradition.

However, he emphasized that the bilateral trade will be enhanced between the two neighbouring countries by exchange of business delegation, holding joint exhibitions and bringing easiness in their policies.

Afghan diplomat furthermore called for joint efforts to end mistrust and resolution of all outstanding issues between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Engr Maqsood Pervaiz said that SCCI has initiated efforts for establishment of joint chamber between Peshawar and Jalalabad, which would be help pivotal role in enhancing the bilateral trade between the two neighbouring countries.

Fawad Arash has agreed with recommendations of the chamber president EngrMaqsood Anwar Pervaiz regarding further strengthening the mutual trade and economic relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Engr Maqsood assured the SCCI will extend full cooperation and support to further enlarge the bilateral trade between the two neighbouring countries.

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