Islamabad—The 8th Pakistan–US Trade & Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) Council meeting is being held here on Tuesday, 18th October, will discuss ways and means to improve access of Pakistani exports to the United States. The US delegation will be led by Ambassador Michael Froman, United States Trade Representative (USTR). The US delegation will include Ambassador David Hale, Matthew Vogel, Deputy USTR & Michael Delaney, AUSTR & Ms. Zeba Reyazuddin, Director South & Central Asia, USTR among others. The Pakistan delegation will be led by Engineer Khurram Dastgir Khan, Federal Minister for Commerce, and will include Azmat Ranjha, Secretary Commerce, and Asad Hayauddin, Additional Secretary Commerce, and Ali Tahir, Trade Minister at Washington D.C.
In the upcoming meeting, the two sides will discuss, ways and means to improve access of Pakistani exports to the US, including textiles, agricultural, and other products, enforcement of intellectual Property Rights in Pakistan, Dispute Resolution mechanisms, opening up of defense procurement by US Government in Afghanistan to Pakistani companies, holding the next Business Opportunities Conference in Pakistan, and other matters. The Pakistani side will apprise the visiting delegation about the improved economic & security situation in the country, and the pressing need for the US government to revisit its travel advisories regime for US businessmen, as the most critical step towards improving bilateral trade & investment.