KARACHI: Dr. Mirza Ikhtiar Baig accompanied CEO TDAP Tariq Puri, President FPCCI Senator Ghulam Ali, Ambassadors of both countries and media representatives with the largest 118 businessmen TDAP/FPCCI delegation to Tajikistan on an official visit at the invitation of the President of Tajikistan.
The delegation was covering Textile, Mining, Logistics, Construction, Education, Banking, Fruit & Vegetable and cement sectors. In a meeting with the Foreign Minister of Tajikistan Hamrokhon Zarifi at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Dushanbe.
Dr. Baig emphasized the need for the road link to facilitate the trade between the two countries. He informed that from Chitral, only 36km road can link Pakistan with Tajik border. He also requested to reduce the landing charges of the airlines for Tajikistan enabling PIA and other airlines to operate to Dushanbe.
Dr. Baig requested Foreign Minister to give one year multiple visa of Tajikistan to Pakistani businessmen to facilitate their traveling. He said signing of FTA or PTA is vital to enhance the trade between two countries. Dr. Baig thanked Tajik Government for offering Casa 1000 power project to supply 1000 Mega Watt electricity from Tajikistan to Pakistan between April and October every year.
The delegation also met the President, Prime Minister, Ministers for Economic Affairs, Energy, Minerals and Investment Ministers of Tajikistan to discuss measures to enhance trade and investment between Pakistan and Tajikistan. Dr. Baig called the visit extremely successful and said it will open new avenues of trade and investment between the two countries.
The President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari will also visit Dushanbe to attend 20th Independence Day celebration of Tajikistan. Dr. Baig requested both governments to sign trilateral Transit Trade Agreement between Pakistan, Tajikistan and Afghanistan. Pakistan has already bilateral Transit Trade Agreement with Afghanistan. Baig Group has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Tajikistan Textile Complex Dushanbe the largest textile group of Tajikistan to upgrade the plant for the manufacturing of Value Added Textile Products.