Ef­forts on to boost trade ties with Iran: Khur­ram Dast­gir

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Min­is­ter for Com­merce, En­gi­neer Khur­ram Dast­gir has said that trade in­fra­struc­ture on Pak­istan-Iran bor­der was be­ing up­graded in a bid to boost bi­lat­eral trade ties. "Af­ter lift­ing of in­ter­na­tional sanc­tions on Iran, good progress in trade re­la­tions with Iran is go­ing on", the min­is­ter said adding, in this con­nec­tion a third trade syn­onyms­d­ing bor­der post with Iran has also been made func­tional which would help in­creas­ing the lo­cal trade ac­tiv­i­ties. Ad­dress­ing a sem­i­nar ti­tled "re­gional trade and re­gional co­or­di­na­tion" here, Khur­ram Dast­gir Khan said the govern­ment had ini­ti­ated a num­ber of projects re­gard­ing re­gional trade, in­vest­ment and re­gional co­or­di­na­tion which would change the fate of the coun­try.

He said that Pak­istan was also ne­go­ti­at­ing with the Western coun­tries to take ad­van­tage of the strate­gic geo­graphic pres­ence of Pak­istan which is of­fer­ing a huge trade and in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties. He in­formed that ini­tial work on bi­lat­eral trade agree­ments with Afghanistan and Cen­tral Asian States had been started.

The min­is­ter said that Pak­istan had al­ready ful­filled the de­mand of Afghanistan to ex­empt the check­ing of goods on its sea ports com­ing from Afghanistan and cur­rently more than 90 per­cent cargo was be­ing cleared from the ports within merely a cou­ple of days due to which the tran­sit trade from Afghanistan through Karachi was in­creas­ing.

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