ISLAMABAD: In a significant move towards fostering regional connectivity and trade, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Uzbekistan have announced the formation of a technical joint group during tripartite talks held in Islamabad on Wednesday. The development marks a crucial step in addressing transit issues and enhancing economic cooperation among the three nations.
Pakistan’s caretaker Minister for Commerce and Industries, Gohar Ejaz, hailed the trilateral discussions as a milestone, emphasizing the potential for increased regional connectivity and trade. Taking to the social media platform X, Ejaz expressed his honor in signing the minutes of the first trilateral meeting on trade and transit, foreseeing “exciting times ahead” for the three countries.
The Afghan Ministry of Industry and Commerce echoed this sentiment in a separate statement on X, revealing the signing of a document addressing trade and transit issues. The agreement aims to strengthen regional integration by developing trilateral economic relations, increasing transit facilities, and promoting joint investments. The parties have committed to resolving challenges and enhancing cooperation in various sectors.
Trade Between Pakistan, Afghanistan and Uzbekistan
During the second day of talks in Pakistan’s capital, the meeting was attended by Gohar Ejaz, Afghan acting Commerce Minister Haji Nooruddin Azizi, and Uzbekistan Deputy Prime Minister Jamshid Khodjaev, along with their respective delegations. The joint technical group, set to convene by next week, will play a pivotal role in facilitating increased trade among the three nations.
Key areas of focus include the enhancement of transportation facilities, the development of the banking system, ensuring food security, and making the visa system more trader-friendly. The collaborative efforts aim to create a conducive environment for economic growth, strengthen ties, and promote mutual benefits among Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Uzbekistan.