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Ahmadzai, SCCI leaders agree on enhanced trade links

Ahmadzai, SCCI leaders agree on enhanced trade links

May 31, 2020 - 10:38

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Representatives of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa business community have commended efforts by the Afghan consul-general in Peshawar to boost bilateral trade links.

A delegation of the Sarhad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) and Najeebullah Ahmadzai agreed on making joint efforts to remove hurdles to bilateral and transit trade between the neighbours.

Frontier Custom Agents’ Association (FCAA) President Ziaul Haq Sarhadi briefed the Afghan diplomat on issues in bilateral and trade, according to a statement from SCCI. 

The statement said Afghan Consulate Director Ahmad Shah,  Trade Attaché Fawad Arshad, Deputy Trade Attaché Dr Hameedullah Fazilkhel and First Secretary Ghulam Sipas were also in attendance.

SCCI representatives, other relevant officials, members of the business community, importers and exporters were also present at the meeting.

The SCCI delegation apprised the Afghan consul general about the issues being faced by the business community, traders, industrialists, exporters and importers and presented recommendations for their resolution.

The diplomat agreed with the delegation’s proposals to strengthen bilateral and transit trade relations. Ahmadzai was invited to visit the SCCI office.

Sarhadi said about 6,000 empty trucks, which took Afghan transit trade items to Afghanistaninfo-icon were stuck on other side of the border. The vehicles will be released gradually on SCCI request.

He said nearly 1,500 empty trucks/containers crossed the border into Pakistaninfo-icon on Saturday, while the rest of vehicles would return next week.

Sarhadi called for 24/7 opening of the Durand Lineinfo-icon at Torkham and Chaman for trade. The call was endorsed by the Afghan consul general and other officials.

He praised Ahmadzai’s efforts for strengthening bilateral trade and taking proactive measures to resolve longstanding demands and issues of the business community.



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