President Daroo Khan Achakzai & Senior Vice President FPCCI Dr. Mirza Ikhtiar Baig with 10 members Pakistan delegation attended EC&GB of Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) in Istanbul from 28th till 30th July.
The meeting was attended by 10 member countries including Pakistan, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan & all central Asian countries. Dr. Baig gave five presentations at specialized committees meeting on Trade Facilitation,Industry, investment & SMEs promotion, arbitration & tourism and emphasized easy market access for the member countries. Members agreed to his proposal for ECO visa stickers and implementation of ECO Trade agreement by the countries already ratified.
During the visit, the inaugural meeting of Turkey Pakistan joint chamber of commerce & industry Forum was also held attended leading businessmen of both countries. Engr. Daroo Khan & Dr. Ikhtiar Baig has emphasized need for early signing of FTA/PTA between Pakistan & Turkey,the meeting was also attended by Riffat Hisarciklioglu President Federation of Turkey(TOBB), Azarakhsh Hafizi President ECO CCI, Dr. Hadi Soleimanpour Secretary General & Engr. Hossein Salimi. The ECO CCI board agreed to hold next ECO meeting in Pakistan on 14th November 2019 followed by BoD meeting of Islamic chamber of commerce on 15th& 16th November 2019 in Karachi,on the sideline of ICCI meetings, there will be investment conference and exhibition of 53 members Islamic countries.
Dr. Baig called it a historic moment that after 23 years Pakistan will be hosting ECO & Islamic chambers meetings which is a great honor and opportunity to present Pakistan potential to enhance trade and attract investment between the member countries. During the visit, President Daroo Khan, SVP FPCCI Dr. Mirza Ikhtiar Baig with delegation met Consul General of Pakistan to Istanbul Dr. Bilal Khan Pashato discuss Pak Turkey trade and free trade agreement between the two countries.