PM urges Pak-Afghan businessmen to benefit from opportunities
KABUL: Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on Sunday pointing out the transregional development and connectivity opportunities between Pakistan and Afghanistan urged their business communities to make optimum use to develop win-win scenarios.
Addressing the leaders and CEOs of the Afghan corporate sector and Afghan business community here at a breakfast meeting, the Prime Minister said the future of two economies was closely interlinked and the geo-economic dynamics of the region makes it an essential imperative.
He said Pakistan and Afghanistan have also agreed to work jointly to enhance regional connectivity and to establish corridors to facilitate trade and energy transactions. He said projects like TAPI, CASA-1000 and North South Rail link can transform the economic landscape of the region.
Gilani said he has proposed to President Karzai establishment of special trans-border economic zones and to facilitate joint ventures and partnerships in the private sector.
He said Afghanistan and Pakistan have vast human and natural resources, entrepreneurial talent and technological skills and were not poor by any means. "We must optimally build and utilize our mutual economic complementarities. We should establish closer links between our respective chambers of commerce. A vibrant and dynamic Afghanistan
Pakistan CEO's forum would make a huge difference." Gilani said, "time has now come to shape our own destiny by joining hands and marching together towards a prosperous future for our peoples." He said the Afghans were engaged in very successful business enterprises in Pakistan including arts, artifacts, paintings, carpets and restaurants, apart from involvement in the transport business Gilani said relations between the two peoples were special as they were immediate neighbours and for centuries, "we have had mutually-dependent commercial and strong trading ties that need to strengthen
further for the benefit of our people."
He noted the "tremendous progress" between the leadership and governments of the two countries in developing a vision of shared development and shared prosperity and was reflected in the solemn declarations signed between the two sides in 2009 and 2010.
He said ongoing trilateral and quadrilateral frameworks of
cooperation were illustrative of common endeavour to realize this vision. Gilani said he and President Karzai have agreed to fully implement the new Afghanistan-Pakistan Transit Trade Agreement and redouble efforts to increase trade to $5 billion by 2015. To facilitate trade additional measures including customs harmonization and establish trade facilitation mechanisms would be taken by both the sides, he added.
He pointed that increasing levels of bilateral trade at a time of global recession were extremely heartening and the businesses were benefiting from increase in trade.
"Pakistan will never seek unilateral advantage in trade with Afghanistan. -App
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