Pakistan and Uzbekistan agreed on Monday to increase the current trade volume to ideal levels. A delegation of Uzbekistan headed by Deputy Prime Minister Khodjaev Jamshid Abdukhakimovich called on Pakistan’s Finance Ishaq Dar in Islamabad and discussed with him trade ties and matters of mutual interests.
According to APP, the Uzbek side also sought technical support from Pakistan for its inclusion in WTO and to get GSP+ status. Pakistan and Uzbekistan hoped that the scheduled meeting of Joint Inter-Governmental Commission (IGC) in February 2023 in Pakistan will further improve economic cooperation and investment to the mutual interest of the two countries.
During the meeting, both the country discussed several avenues of cooperation to further deepen the economic and trade partnership between the two sides including improvement of road infrastructure from Tashkent to Pakistan, Pakistan- Afghanistan- Uzbekistan Rail link, export/import facilitation, etc.
Khodjaev Jamshid Abdukhakimovich admitted friendly and cooperative relations with Islamabad. The Deputy PM exchanged views to extend bilateral trade and economic ties with Islamabad and showed keen interest to set up road and rail links between Pakistan and Uzbekistan via Afghanistan.
On the occasion, Pakistan’s Finance Minister Ishaq Dar highlighted that constructive interaction at the leadership level has given positive momentum to their bilateral ties which must be continued and further strengthened.
He emphasized the potential of cooperation in investment sectors and expressed the desire of the Government of Pakistan to further enhance and diversify bilateral economic and trade linkages between the two sides.
Ishaq Dar thanked Khodjaev Jamshid Abdukhakimovich and extended complete support and cooperation of Islamabad to further improve bilateral trade ties between the two sides