CARs envoys eye huge trade potential with Pakistan



The Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) opened CARs and Azerbaijan Facilitation Desk to help its members in promoting trade and exports with Central Asian Republics and Azerbaijan.

The Desk was inaugurated by Atadjan Movlamov, Dean of Diplomatic Corps CARs and Ambassador of Turkmenistan, Khazar Farhadov Ambassador of Azerbaijan, Yerzhan Kistafin Ambassador of Kazakhstan, Ismatullo Nasredin Ambassador of Tajikistan and Ulanbek Totuiave Ambassador of Kyrgyzstan during their visit to ICCI, said a press release issued here.

Speaking on the occasion Atadjan Movlamov Dean of Diplomatic Corps CARs and Ambassador of Turkmenistan congratulated ICCI for opening a Facilitation Desk for CARs and Azerbaijan as it would boost Pakistan’s trade ties with these countries.

He said that ICCI should set up a web portal on its websites for CARs to help private sectors of Pakistan and CARs to share business proposals with each other.

Khazar Farhadov, Ambassador of Azerbaijan said that the geographical location of Pakistan is special for CARs and Azerbaijan as these landlocked countries can access many markets through Pakistani ports.

He said Azerbaijan would launch more direct flights with Pakistan to promote people-to-people and B2B ties. Yerzhan Kistafin Ambassador of Kazakhstan said that the ICCI Facilitation Desk would be a great milestone to promote trade ties. Direct flights between Almaty and Lahore and in May between Almaty and Karachi will start in April this year.

Ulanbek Totuiave Ambassador of Kyrgyzstan said that his country is keen to promote strong economic ties with Pakistan and said that the Facilitation Desk would help in achieving this goal. He said that his country will organize the Investment and Business Forum and will invite the ICCI delegation to participate.—APP