Published On: Tue, Oct 12th, 2021
Published in Category: Lahore

SAARC Chamber pinpoints major hurdles in enhancing Pak Afghan bilateral trade

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LAHORE: SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry, an apex trade body in the region Monday pinpointed the major hurdles in enhancing the bilateral trade between two Muslim neighbouring countries Pakistan and Afghanistan. Life member SAARC Chamber Pakistan chapter Mian Kashif Ashfaq who is also CEO Pakistan Furniture Council and former chairman FIEDMC while talking to a delegation of exporters and importers led by Waqas Anjum, he said a couple of days ago first 10 members Afghan traders delegation of Kunar Chamber of Commerce and Industry visited Torkham border crossing point since new Taliban regime to find out for quick removal of impediments in smooth flow of trade and work out a strategy for promoting regional economic connectivity besides improving the bilateral ties between two countries. He said extremely poor infrastructure with only two small scanners is one of the major cause in smooth flow of trade which resulted in heavy congestion. He said Pakistan in given circumstances must increase the capacity for quick handling and clearance of consignments and new scanners also be installed few kilometres away from the zero point to avoid crowding. He said in prevailing global and regional scenarios trade and economic connectivity is of prime significance and both countries must eliminate the key challenges faced by the traders of either countries at all border crossing points.