Islamabad: 14 November, 2023 – Deputy Prime Minister of Uzbekistan, H.E. Dr. Jamshid Khodjaev Abdukhakomovich, who is leading a 7-member delegation for an official visit to Pakistan, called on the Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar in Islamabad today.
Prime Minister Kakar welcomed the Deputy Prime Minister and his delegation to Pakistan and recalled his recent meeting with President of Uzbekistan, Shavkat Mirziyovev, on the sidelines of the 16th ECO Summit held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan from 8-9 November 2023.
Trilateral meeting between Pakistan, Uzbekistan and Afghanistan for regional trade and cooperation
Prime Minister Kakar expressed satisfaction at the pace of bilateral engagements between the two countries especially in the areas of trade, defence and connectivity.
He also appreciated the holding of the First Trilateral Meeting of the Commerce Ministers of Pakistan, Uzbekistan and Afghanistan in Islamabad. The three sides also established a trilateral working group to discuss customs, logistics, trade promotion, tariffs, TIR procedures, etc. Showing satisfaction at the outcome of the trilateral meeting, the Prime minister hoped that the trilateral mechanism would boost trade relations between the three countries.
The Prime Minister underlined the need to continue momentum of people-to-people exchanges. He underscored that easy visa procedures, improved banking channels and reciprocal warehousing facilities would further boost trade between the two countries. He hoped that the business community of both countries could easily achieve the bilateral trade target of US$ 1 billion in a short time.
Deputy Prime Minister Khodjaev thanked the Prime Minister for the warm hospitality extended to him and his delegation. He briefed the Prime Minister about fruitful meetings with the business community of Pakistan including the banking and logistics sectors.
He expressed the hope that both sides will continue active engagement for the timely completion of the Uzbekistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan Railway Project.
The Uzbekistan delegation included Minister of Transport, Ilkhom Makhkamov Rustamovich, Deputy Minister of Investment, Industry and Trade, Badriddin Abidov, Deputy Foreign Minister, Bobur Usmanov, Deputy Chairman of State Security Service, Maj. General Farukh Mukhtarov and Ambassador of Uzbekistan in Islamabad Mr. Oybek Arif Usmanov.
The Pakistan delegation included Minister of Commerce Gohar Ijaz as well as secretaries of Commerce, Board of Investment and other senior officials.