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Khurram hopes Pak-Afghan trade will double in 2 years

Khurram hopes Pak-Afghan trade will double in 2 years

LAHORE: Minister for Commerce, Engineer Khurram Dastgir Khan here the other day said that Pakistan was working on the prospects of export-led investment flows from Pakistan to Afghanistan and the volume of bilateral trade would be doubled during the next two years.

“Pakistan is very much interested in developing the nascent manufacturing sector of Afghanistan through export-led investment which will be expanded to Tajikistan and then to the rest of Central Asia”, the minister said while chairing a meeting here the other day.

The meeting was held to discuss the prospects to maintain sustainable Pak-Afghan trade relations after the new government took charge in Kabul.

This was also a preparatory meeting before the 5th Afghanistan Pakistan Transit Trade Coordination Authority (APTTCA) meeting to be held on January 2-3 in which the Tajik officials are also invited for talks on a Trilateral Transit Trade Agreement. Khurram Dastgir said that Pakistan was looking towards West for enhancing trade opportunities and Afghanistan was looking towards East for a consistent trading partner, therefore, the priorities of the two governments had converged and both governments had showed firm resolve to remove hurdles in the way of trade and investment.