• publish: 23 November 2015
  • time: 9:08 pm
  • category: Economy
  • No: 2312
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Afghanistan-Pakistan trade target should meet $5 billion target

The Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said Afghanistan and Pakistan should work “strenuously” to meet the trade target of USD 5 billion by 2018.

Insisting on the existence of a great scope for increasing bilateral trade, Sharif pledged Pakistan’s all possible support to Afghanistan and accomplish all infrastructure development and energy sector projects to consolidate long term bilateral and regional partnership.

The remarks by Sharif during a meeting with the Finance Minister of Afghanistan Mr. Eklil Ahmad Hakimi who is on an official visit in Pakistan for the 10th Session of Pak-Afghanistan Joint Economic Commission.

“Both sides should work strenuously to meet the trade volume target of USD 5 billion till 2018,” Sharif said, adding that work on incomplete projects by Pakistan has been resumed and is ongoing with satisfaction which covers health, education and other sectors.

Sharif also added that Pakistan is ready to help Afghanistan in its quest for peace and development. “Pakistan believes that a peaceful, prosperous and progressive Afghanistan is in the best interest of Pakistan and the region,” he said.

In the meantime, Finance Minister Mr. Eklil Hakimi, said Afghanistan can be the transit hub between Pakistan and the Central Asian States.

Referring to CASA-1000 electricity scheme and other connectivity projects, Hakimi said that early realisation of these projects will provide a win-win situation for all the countries of the region.

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