Almaty. September 23. Information Center - Kyrgyzstan
Ambassador Ulanbek Totuiaev and Ambassador of Kazakhstan Yerzhan Kistafin here
on Wednesday called trade with Pakistan to the benefit of the region, The News
They were speaking at a function arranged at the Sarhad
Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI).
The chamber’s president Sherbaz Bilour, senior
vice-president Manzoor Elahi, vice-president Junaid Altaf, newly-elected
members of the SCCI’s executive committee, Hussnain Khurshid, Javed Akhtar,
Pervaiz Khan Khattak and others were present on the occasion.
The SCCI chief proposed that Free Trade Agreement and
Preferential Trade Agreements should be signed between Pakistan and Central
He said the trade between Pakistan and regional countries
was very low, which needed to be boosted to improve the country’s export.
The chamber president called for the removal of hurdles in
the way of bilateral trade with Afghanistan and Central Asian Republics.
He said KP was a gateway for trade with Central Asian
Republics as huge potentials were there to strengthen bilateral trade and
economic ties between Pakistan and regional countries.
The SCCI chief invited investors from Kyrgyzstan and
Kazakhstan to make investments in the potential sectors in KP.
He suggested that being landlocked countries, Kyrgyzstan and
Kazakhstan should utilize Karachi and Gwadar ports as a transit for onward
trade with the rest of the world.
Ulanbek Totuiaev stressed the need for bolstering mutual trade
and economic relations between Pakistan and Kyrgyzstan.
Yerzhan Kistafin emphasized the reconstitution of the
Kazakhstan and Pakistan Business Council and the revival of mutual economic and
Both diplomats agreed to the SCCI chief proposals and
pledged to make joint efforts for strengthening mutual trade relations among
Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan.
Earlier, Hussnain Khurshid, Manzoor Elahi, Junaid Altaf and
addressed the meeting and pointed out a number of issues, hindering mutual
trade between Pakistan and regional countries.
They gave some proposals to address those problems amicably
and ensure carrying out smooth trade with CARs.