Afghan-Pakistan industrial show opens in Balkh
This was stated by Khurshid Murid, the economic counselor at the Pakistani Embassy in Kabul, after inaugurating a joint Pakistan-Afghanistan exhibition at a hotel in Mazar-i-Sharif.
Forty stalls have been displayed at the four-day joint show, with 25 stalls showcasing Pakistani products and the remaining Afghan products.
Pakistani traders have put on display construction materials, food items, electrical tools, cement and other similar products at the show.
Similarly, Afghan traders have showcased different handicrafts, food items, agriculture products and several industrial products.
Murid said 25 Pakistani traders were taking part in the exhibition. He said Pakistan would try to maintain holding similar exhibitions, which would benefit traders from both the countries.
He invited Afghan traders, particularly from northern Balkh province, to hold such exhibitions in Pakistan.
He said if joint Pakistan-Afghanistan exhibitions succeeded, Pakistani traders through their counterparts in Balkh would try to convince Tajik traders to join them in Balkh.
He said the Pakistani government was trying to encourage Pakistani traders to invest in northern Afghanistan and today’s exhibition was part of that effort.
Balkh Chamber of Commerce and Industry head Arsh Yunusi welcomed Pakistani traders taking part in the exhibition, saying it was for the first time that Pakistani traders displayed their products in Balkh.
He hoped the exhibition would help develop relations between Pakistani and Balkh traders and increase trust in each other.
He said Pakistani traders could invest in mines and agriculture sector in northern Afgahnistan.
A Pakistani company A & K official, Niaz Mohammad, said such joint exhibitions were the best way to develop relations between traders of the two countries.
He said selling products through such shows equaled to nothing, but the events offered traders an opportunity to know what foreign countries produced and made it easy for them to select products for imports.
A businesswoman from Mazar-i-Sharif, Seema, who had displayed her company’s handicrafts at the show, said such events helped people of the two countries become familiar with products manufactured in their respective countries.
She said Mazar-i-Sharif residents were familiar with her company’s products, but the products could prove important for the visiting Pakistani traders.
She said if cooperation between traders of the two countries on holding such joint exhibitions increased, it would help enhance trade ties between the neighbouring countries.
Acting Balkh governor Atta Mohammad Noor, who took part in the show’s inauguration, welcomed Pakistani traders and said such joint ventures could further increase trade relations between the two countries.
He said if the two countries took joint and solid steps toward improving the security situation in the region, it would enable traders of the two countries enhance their contacts, which would eventually benefit the two nations.
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