SCCI, Afghan diplomats agree on joint efforts to remove hurdles in Pak-Afghan trade
PESHAWAR: Sarhad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) and Afghan diplomats have agreed to make joint efforts to remove hurdles to bilateral Pak-Afghan trade and transit trade.
The agreement came during a meeting between the SCCI, Pak-Afghan Joint Chambers of Commerce and Industry (PAJCCI) former senior vice president, and Frontier Custom Agents Association (FCAA) President, Ziaul Haq Sarhadi and Najeebullah Ahmadzai, Afghan Consul General in Peshawar, said a press release issued here on Saturday.
Ahmad Shah, Director, Fawad Arsha Afghan Attaché, Dr Hameedullah Fazil Khel, Deputy Trade Attaché, Ghulam Sipas, First Secretary and other relevant officials, members of business community, importers and exporters were present in the meeting.
The SCCI delegation apprised Afghan Consul General, Najeebullah Ahmadzai about issues being faced by business community, traders, industrialists, exporters and importers and presented recommendations for their amicable resolution.
The Afghan diplomat fully agreed with the proposals of the SCCI delegation meant to strengthen bilateral Pak-Afghan and transit trade relations as well as removal of impediments in way of trade between the countries.
The SCCI delegation Najeebullah Ahmadzai to visit the Sarhad chamber.
Ziaul Haq Sarhadi, while speaking on the occasion said around 6,000 empty trucks of Afghan transit trade stuck on other side of the Pak-Afghan border, which are being gradually released on the request of the SCCI.
He informed that nearly 1,500 empty trucks/containers crossed the border on Saturday, while rest would reach Pakistan during the next week.
The meeting agreed to jointly resolve issues of traders, exporters and importers to give boost to the mutual trade and transit trade between the two neighbouring countries.
Sarhadi requested 24/7 opening of Pak-Afghan borders at Torkham and Chaman for trade on permanent basis, to which the Afghan Consul General and other relevant officials assured to implement the SCCI proposal for promotion of mutual Pak-Afghan trade and transit trade.
He praised the efforts of Najeebullah Ahmadzai for strengthening bilateral trade between Pakistan and Afghanistan and proactive measures to resolve long standing demands and issues of business community, traders, exporters and importers on priority basis. – APP