8th Round of Pak-China FTA to be held in Beijing from Sept 14

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Zahid Chaudhary

Islamabad

The Federal Minister for Commerce, Mohammad Pervaiz Malik said this while chairing a briefing on Pak-Thailand and Pak-China FTA. Mr. Taimur Tajammal, Joint Secretary (FT-1) and also the chief negotiator on the FTA, briefed the honourable minister on the state of negotiations with Thailand & China.
Mr. Mohammad Pervaiz Malik expressed satisfaction over the progress of FTA negotiations and the preparation of the negotiating team and directed them to work vigorously to conclude the agreements in best interest of Pakistan and at the same time addressing the concerns of the local industry, said the press release issued by the ministry.
Speaking to the negotiating team, the minister was of the view that while negotiating FTA with Thailand, Pakistan is also looking to access a huge untapped market of the whole East Asian Region. From the same region, the minister added, Pakistan has already concluded successful FTAs with Malaysia and Indonesia.
Earlier, the Pakistan’s Ambassador to Belgium Mrs. Naghmana Hashmi and Pakistan’s Economic Minister in Brussels, Mr. Omer Hameed called on Minister for Commerce and briefed minister about the situation of bilateral trade between Pakistan and Brussels and appraised commerce minister on the areas of trade & investment between the two countries.
Mohammad Pervaiz Malik directed them to work relentlessly for boosting exports of Pakistan to Brussels and to look for opportunities to increase trade, investment and cooperation between the two countries.
The Commerce Minister, later on also visited the National Tariff Commission Office in Islamabad where he was given briefing by Chairman NTC, Mr. Qasim M. Niaz about the structure, working, achievements and problems faced by NTC.
Commerce Minister, Mohammad Pervaiz Malik expressed satisfaction over the performance of National Tariff Commission and assured them of full support of the Commerce Ministry in resolving the issues faced by them.