Pak-Uzbek to increase bilateral trade upto US$1 billion: Ambassador Usmanov


Ambassador of Uzbekistan to Pakistan, Aybek Arif Usmanov on Sunday said the Pakistan and Uzbekistan intend to increase the bilateral trade volume upto US$1 billion in the coming two years.

The current bilateral trade between the two countries is $180 million, which is expected to reach $1 billion in the next two years by the mid-2024, Ambassador of Uzbekistan, Aybek Arif Usmanov told a state run news agency here.

In response to a question, he said that the implementation of Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) between Pakistan and Uzbekistan is going on and bilateral trade will get development through it.

The Ambassador said that negotiations will be held every year to review the PTA between the two countries to make it further more productive for both sides. He further said that the two countries used to have online discussions in this regard, in which the process of discussion on Terrif rationalization continues. He said that at this time mutual trade barriers and customs issues were major issues in both countries and for resolving these issues both of the countries are working on a mechanism?

In response to another question, he said that a transit trade agreement has been signed between Pakistan and Uzbekistan in this last year, which has a very important role in promoting mutual trade. Related to this, the transport and logistics sector is also important, in which the governments of the two countries are in negotiate for improvement.

The Ambassador said that on March 28 of the same year, a tripartite transport and logistic conference was held in Uzbekistan in which the transport and communication ministers of Pakistan, Uzbekistan and Afghanistan participated and many problems were resolved through mutual discussions.

In this conference, Uzbekistan announced the establishment of International Temiz Cargo Center, which will provide benefits and trade facilities to the traders of the three countries, he added. He said that the governments of both the countries are implementing a comprehensive plan for the increase of mutual trade in the two countries and for the promotion of mutual trade in the future.

Which includes working on rail and road network for regional economic and trade integration and connecting the countries of the region including China, Central Asia and South Asian countries in terms of trade and promoting economic relations with Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO)countries.

Ambassador Arif Usmanov said that road and rail links are very important for the promotion of mutual trade between the Central Asian states, especially Uzbekistan, China, Pakistan and Afghanistan, and this work has been started. He said that work has been started on China, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan railway line.

This railway line should be connected to Jalalabad and Peshawar railway line from Termiz of Uzbekistan, which will establish economic and trade relations with the countries of the region, including China, a major economic power. He said that the role of the third party Afghanistan will be very important in any kind of mutual trade agreement between Pakistan and Uzbekistan and enough work has been done in the three countries.—NNI


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