Deputy Chairman Senate Saleem Mandviwalla has said that Pakistan provides shortest route through sea, land and aerial link for trade and economic activities for the Central Asian States and there is need to chalk out a mechanism to boost trade and business cooperation between CARs and Pakistan utilizing all the viable options of connectivity. Deputy Chairman Senate expressed these views during a meeting with Atadjan Movlamov, the Ambassador of Turkmenistan at the Parliament House on Wednesday.
He said that Pakistan values it ties with CARs and particularly Turkmenistan and desires to expand these ties at bilateral and multilateral levels. He said that leadership of the two sides have always placed bilateral relations at high esteem and therefore steps need to be taken to bring people of the two sides more close. Mandviwalla pointed out that there is huge potential for enhancing trade and in this regard business communities of the two sides needs to be connected. He proposed organizing investment conferences between Pakistan and Turkmenistan. He said that TDAP and BOI must take practical steps to engage and business communities of the two countries.
He said that Islamabad and Ashgabat have initiated some important projects. TAPI and TAP projects need to be expedited to overcome the energy crisis. Saleem Mandviwalla also proposed direct flights between Pakistan and Turkmenistan as such an initiative would give boost trade and tourism sectors. He said that investors can explore the possibilities of investment and initiate joint ventures in different sectors.
Mandviwalla was flanked by Senator Kalsoom Parveen, Convener of Pakistan- Turkmenistan Friendship Group in the Senate. Both Mandviwalla and Senator Kalsoom Parveen stressed the need for enhancing parliamentary cooperation and bilateral institutional linkages. Senator Kalsoom said that Turkmenistan is an important country and the friendship groups can play a vital role in boosting cooperation and promote people to people contacts. Senator Saleem Mandviwalla called upon the friendship group to hold frequent meetings and explore ways and means to further boost cooperation.
Ambassador of Turkmenistan said that Pakistan is an important country and the government of Turkmenistan wants to further deepen the bond of friendship between the two countries. He said that both sides are working closely on different projects. He agreed with the views of Deputy Chairman Senate to enhance trade and business cooperation for mutual benefit of the two sides. He said that steps are being taken to encourage more exchanges at business and trade levels. He thanked the Deputy Chairman Senate for his candid views to boost bilateral cooperation and enhance parliamentary exchanges.
In a separate meeting with Akan Rekhmetullin, Ambassador of Kazakhstan, Deputy Chairman Senate Senator Saleem Mandviwalla has underscored the need for enhancing trade and investment between Pakistan and Kazakhstan for mutual benefit of the people of two sides. Deputy Chairman Senate observed that it is in the interest of both the countries to have a proper channel for bilateral trade and investment.
He said that Kazakhstan is an important country for Pakistan and we place the mutual beneficial relationship with Kazakhstan at high esteem.
Deputy Chairman Senate also proposed direct flights between Pakistan and Kazakhstan. He said that frequent exchange of business delegations would bring people of the two countries closer.