SCCI, UNDP agree to make joint efforts to remove hurdles in Pak-Afghan bilateral trade

24 October 2019

The Sarhad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) and representative of UNDP have agreed to make joint efforts to remove hurdles in bilateral trade between Pakistan and Afghanistan, amicable resolution of common issues and to further strengthen relations between business community of the two countries.

The agreement came during a meeting of SCCI Vice President Abdul Jalil Jan with UNDP representative, Simbal Adnan Khan in the chamber house here on Thursday.

The SCCI former president, Faiz Mohammad Faizi, former vice president Shuja Mohammad, Senior Vice President of Pak-Afghan Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Khalid Shahzad, the chamber senior member Rashid Siddique and Ammar Ansari were present in the meeting.

Faiz Mohammad while speaking on the occasion said that the bilateral trade volume between Pakistan and Afghanistan has declined substantially due to increase in tariffs and regulatory duties by governments of both the countries.  He stressed the need for lowering the tariffs and RDs to give boost to mutual trade and economic relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Though, he said government of Pakistan had opened Torkham border for around the clock, which is welcoming step.

But, he said the initiative has yet to prove fruitful due lack of facilities by Afghan government and poor border management system, which has enhanced difficulties of business community and exporters as well as a visible decline was witnessed in Pakistan export to Afghanistan and Central Asian republic countries.

Owing to inconstant economic policies, SCCI former president said the industries are closing down genera in Pakistan, particularly in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, which has caused unemployment in the country.

Ms Simbal Khan, the UNDP representative while speaking on the occasion informed that a joint web portal will be soon launched to enhance bilateral trade between Pakistan and Afghanistan as well as resolve common issues of business community on both side of the border.