Talks underway to finalize PATTTA draft
KABUL (Pajhwok): Khan Jan Alakozai, first deputy director of the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI), said the vital project of Pakistan-Afghanistan-Tajikistan Trilateral Transit Agreement (PATTTA) was discussed with Pakistani commerce minister in greater detail.
Alakozai said that Afghanistan demanded the inclusion of India in the agreement during Pakistan’s Commerce Minister Khurram Dastgir recent visit to Kabul.
He said that Dastgir assured Afghan traders with more facilities in the transit of Afghan goods.
Meanwhile, Afghanistan Pakistan and Tajikistan have been working on a trilateral transit agreement to further boost trade and economic activities among the three countries.
In January this year, Pakistan handed draft of the proposed PATTTA to both the Afghan and Tajik governments and sought their proposals.
The working group headed by additional secretary Ministry of Commerce dispatched the said draft to relevant ministries of Afghanistan and Tajikistan. In the meantime, three governments held internal discussions on the said draft.
Afghan businessmen have been complaining against the non-cooperative attitude of Pakistani custom officials regarding the transit of their goods.
He said Afghanistan’s suggestion regarding India involvement was no acceptable to Pakistan, adding that without the presence of India the commerce related problems of Afghanistan could not be resolved.
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