DUSHANBE: Prime Minister Imran Khan Thursday invited the business community of Tajikistan to invest their capital in Pakistan, assuring them of all out facilitation by his government.
Addressing the Pakistan-Tajikistan Joint Business Forum, the prime minister said his government was already on the course of incentivizing and facilitating own business sector through different measures.
The prime minister is currently visiting here on two-day visit mainly to attend the SCO Summit here and is accompanied by high level delegation including the representatives of 67 companies of multiple sectors including textiles, minerals, pharmaceuticals, logistics and others.
The prime minister, who was accompanied by his Commerce Advisor Abdul Razzak Dawood, said Pakistan was envy to have cheap deal for hydro power generation and called for expeditious execution of CASA-1000 project to make Pakistan benefit from clean energy.
He told the Tajik business community Pakistan was a 220 million nation and a huge market for investment and invited them to invest in Pakistan assuring them all out facilitation for benefit of the two countries.
He said the current Pak-Tajik trade was a miniscule and far below than the existing potential and the Tajik investors, as they come to Pakistan, would look how the government was incentivizing the business sector.
Regarding the situation in Afghanistan, the prime minister wished that peace was established in the country after 40 years of conflict. He said peaceful Afghanistan would pave way for regional connectivity.
Imran Khan, said as he was scheduled to meet Tajik President Emomali Rahmon during the visit, they would discuss the ways and would do everything specially for peace between Pashtun and Tajik ethnicities to ensure that there is an inclusive government in the war-torn country.
Later, the prime minister along with his commerce advisor also responded to the questions from both Pakistani and Tajik businessmen.
Imran Khan arrives in Tajikistan
Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday arrived in Tajikistan to attend the 20th Shanghai Cooperation Organization Council of Heads of State (SCO-CHS) summit in Dushanbe, the Pakistani foreign office said, with Afghanistan expected to be on the agenda of bilateral and summit-level discussions.
This will be the third visit of the Pakistani prime minister to Central Asia, aimed at underlining Pakistan’s enhanced engagement with the region. He previously attended the SCO-CHS summits in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic, in June 2019 and another hosted by Russia through video conference in November 2020.
The prime minister is scheduled to have bilateral meetings with other participating leaders on the sidelines and discuss trade and economic ties, as well as the developing situation in Afghanistan and its impact on the region.
“His talks with [the] Tajik president will cover the entire gamut of bilateral relations, especially enhancing trade, economic and investment ties with a particular focus on regional connectivity,” the foreign office said in a statement. “The two countries have earlier expressed strong commitment to enter into a formal strategic partnership.”
PM Khan, who will be accompanied by a high-level ministerial delegation, will inaugurate the first meeting of the Pakistan-Tajikistan Business Forum, for which a group of Pakistani businesspersons are also traveling to Dushanbe.
“The Joint Business Forum will catalyze growing trade and investment relations, and promote business-to-business contacts between trading communities of both sides,” the statement read. “A meeting of Pakistan-Tajikistan Joint Business Council will also be held on the sidelines.”
The foreign office said the visit was part of Pakistan’s deepened engagement with Central Asia and focus on political ties, trade and investment, energy and connectivity, security and defense, and people-to-people contact.
SCO, an eight-member permanent inter-governmental trans-regional organization, was established in Shanghai in June 2001. Pakistan became an SCO observer in 2005 and a full member in June 2017. Other members include Russia, China, India, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan.
The organization has four observer states, Iran, Mongolia, Belarus and Afghanistan, and six dialogue partners, including Azerbaijan, Armenia, Cambodia, Nepal, Turkey and Sri Lanka.