Dushanbe, Islamabad vow to boost trade and economic cooperation

20/06/2016 11:23
Asia-Plus
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DUSHANBE, June 20, 2016, Asia-Plus – The 5th session of Tajikistan-Pakistan joint commission for trade and economic cooperation took place in Islamabad, Pakistan on June 15-16, according to Tajik MFA information department.

Co-chaired by Tajik Minister of Energy and Water Resources Usmonali Usmonzoda and Pakistani Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif, the commission reportedly discussed issues related to state and prospects of further expansion of trade and economic cooperation between Tajikistan and Pakistan, development of legal foundation of economic cooperation between the two countries, etc.

Meanwhile The Nation (Pakistan) reports Khawaja Muhammad Asif said on June 15 that Pakistan was keen to forge sustained and sustainable relations with Tajikistan.

“We are particularly looking for export of heavy engineering goods, surgical instruments and consumer goods being produced in Pakistan under licensing arrangements with international market leaders,” he said while addressing the inaugural session.   

Khawaja Asif said that Tajikistan may benefit from import of these competitive Pakistani products which “we consider our strength.”

Pakistani minister said that Pakistan greatly values the warm and longstanding relations with brotherly country of Tajikistan.

He said by bringing together experts of various fields of both the countries, the session offered a unique opportunity for exploring avenues of mutual cooperation and collaboration.

Khawaja Asif said Pakistan had been confronted with energy crisis for the past few years.  In this regard, he said launching of CASA 1000 project on May 12, 2016 was not only a landmark example of cooperation between the two countries but was also a significant milestone in improving Pakistan's electricity shortage and enhancing socio-economic development of the region.

Speaking at the session Tajik Minister for Energy and Water Resources Usmonali Usmonzoda said that Tajikistan paid particular attention to the development of friendly and mutual beneficial relations with Pakistan.

The further expansion of cooperation, he said, in commercial and economic, agriculture, education, culture, health care, foreign trade, investment and banking activities, energy, water, exploration and extraction of oil and gas, transport and communication was one of the main directions of regional and international policy of independent Tajikistan.

He said that CASA 100 was the first inter-regional joint project of the Central and South Asia countries, which would connect the power grid of Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.

He hopes that the project would reduce the energy deficit, would contribute to the formation of the energy market, the establishment of trade cooperation of partner countries, creation of new job opportunities, taking into account a number of economic, social and environmental benefits, according to The Nation.

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