Joint chamber backs 2nd phase of Beyond Boundaries
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): The Pakistan-Afghanistan Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PAJCCI) has lent its weight to the second phase of an ambitious civil society initiative to boost regional cooperation.
It pledged all-out support for “Beyond Boundaries Project – Phase II” as a 12-member delegation of officials from Pakistan and Afghanistan held a meeting with the Board of the PAJCCI in the port city of Karachi on Tuesday.
PAJCCI has undertaken several activities to help re-establish confidence-building measures between the business communities, general public and governments of the estranged neighbours.
The Afghan delegation was led by MP Khalid Pashtoon, while the Pakistani side was headed by former police officer and security analyst Dr. Shoaib Suddle.
PAJCCI Director Junaid Makda briefed the delegations, highlighting the chamber’s achievements in strengthening business across the border. He referred to several initiatives that formally aided policy-making and arbitration and nourish regional integration.
He called tariff rationalization and development of an export house as need of the time. Pashtoon encouraged the chamber to voice mutual concerns for amicable resolution. He said Afghan businesses were compelled to do business with Iran as facilitation from Pakistan had been compromised.
Afghanistan’s former deputy minister of commerce Muzammil Shinwari transit trade between the two countries had declined drastically from 65 to 27 percent due to official bottleneck. He said Karachi was the most economical route for transit trade for Afghanistan.
But Iran’s facilitation of Afghan businessmen was pulling the business away from Pakistan, he explained -- a view shared by Suddle and other delegates.
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