PM urges Pak-Afghan busi­ness­men to ben­e­fit from op­por­tu­ni­ties

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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

HYDERABAD: Speaker Sindh Assem­bly Nisar Ahmed Khoro dis­tribut­ing de­grees among the suc­cess­ful stu­dents dur­ing con­vo­ca­tion of Uni­ver­sity of Sindh, Jamshoro. -App

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