Karachi: Chairman Businessmen Group and former President KCCI Siraj Kassam Teli inaugurated the registered head office of Pakistan-Afghanistan Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PAJCCI) housed at Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s building. President Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry Mian Abrar Ahmad in his welcome address felicitated the founding President of PAJCCI Muhammad Zubair Motiwala, Co-President Haji Khanjan Alkozay, Vice Presidents PAJCCI (Pakistan) Engr. Daroo Khan and Usman Bashir Bilour and Vice Presidents PAJCCI (Afghanistan) Younus Momand and Atiqullah Mominzada and assured entire support from KCCI.
He voiced that formation of Pak-Afghan Joint Chamber is a vital step forward to promote regional trade particularly with Pakistan and Afghanistan and generally with SAARC block. He stated that more confidence building measures between two countries, Pakistan may enjoy speedy market access to Central Asian Republics via Afghanistan.
Chairman Businessmen Group and former President KCCI Siraj Kassam Teli, speaking on this occasion, stated that the Pak-Afghan Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry will facilitate the business communities of two brotherly bordering countries to explore new mutual business prospects.
He said that positive thinking and initiatives from the Afghan and Pakistan Governments and Private Sectors will bring economic excellence for two countries and the region. He assured best cooperation from KCCI to achieve the desired objectives and felicitated the founding President of PAJCCI Muhammad Zubair Motiwala, Co-President Haji Khanjan Alkozay and four Vice Presidents of PAJCCI from Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Founding President Pakistan-Afghanistan Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry Muhammad Zubair Motiwala asserted upon the need to dispel the misunderstanding from both sides and explore the existing huge bilateral trade potential.
He articulated that the informal trade will be formalized and its benefit will be passed to the genuine business community. He identified various sectors of economic and commercial cooperation. He informed that the PAJCCI delegation will call-on the Presidents of Pakistan and Afghanistan soon. PAJCCI will accelerate the pace of formal trade between two countries and its will have a trickledown effect on the masses leading prosperity, he concluded.
Co-President PAJCCI and First Vice Chairman Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) Haji Khanjan Alkozay recalled that two years back he as Vice Chairman of ACCI signed MoU with Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry to form the Pak-Afghan Joint Chamber.
PAJCCI is formed with the joint efforts of ACCI and KCCI along with the cooperation and representation of Chaman and Khyberpakh toonkhawa Chambers from Pakistan and Kabul, Qandhar, Nangharhar, Jalalabad and Khost Chambers from Afghanistan. He said that the PAJCCI will play a key role to resolve the transit trade problems and barriers/ bottleneck in the bilateral trade.
Vice President PAJCCI (Pakistan) and Vice President FPCCI Engr. Daroo Khan stated that the PAJCCI has transformed the vision of Joint Chamber into reality. He said that Karachi, Torkhum and Chaman are acting as bridge for Pak-Afghan bilateral trade. He focused that India had given free trade access for dry fruits to Afghanistan. If Pakistan gives similar offer, Afghan dry fruits, coal, timber products may be imported to Pakistan and after value-addition Pakistan may export to countries worldwide.
Vice President PAJCCI (Afghanistan) and Vice Chairman (Commercial) ACCI, Younus Momand expressed gratitude and compliments to Pakistani counterparts for joint efforts to form PAJCCI and sought similar cooperation in future.
Senior Advisor Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) Dawood Moosa and Member Board and Chairman of International Affairs Committee ACCI Azarakhsh Hafezi also spoke on the occasion.
President Chaman Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) Haji Jamaluddin, former President CCCI Hameedullah, Managing Committee Member CCCI Abdul Qayyum Kakar, Senior Vice President KCCI, Younus Muhammad Bashir, Vice President KCCI Zia Ahmed Khan, Directors of PAJCCI (Pakistan), Talat Mahmood, Jawed Bilwani, Junaid Makda, A.Q. Khalil and Directors PAJCCI (Afghanistan) also participated in the ceremony. Mementos and gifts were also exchanged on this occasion.
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