Uzbekistan’s Deputy Prime Minister arrives in Islamabad

The two sides will discuss a wide range of issues including trade and investment

Uzbekistan Deputy Prime Minister Sardor Umurzakov arrived in Islamabad for an official visit. Umurzakov will meet the Pakistani leadership and discuss various matters of importance including investment and trade. He was officially invited to visit Pakistan in May.

Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Adviser on Commerce and Investment Abdul Razak Dawood received the deputy prime minister at the Nur Khan Airbase in Islamabad along with senior officials of Commerce and Foreign Affairs divisions. Dawood is confident that the visit will pave way for greater cooperation between Pakistan and Uzbekistan in various fields of life.

During the meeting between the adviser and the deputy prime minister, both sides agreed to start negotiations for a bilateral Early Harvest Plan, proceeding to Preferential Trade Agreement to provide increased market access to each other’s products. It was also agreed to arrange a business forum for the private sector of both countries.

“Pakistan is keen to develop backward and forward linkages in textile, pharmaceutical, leather and agriculture sectors with Uzbekistan,” Dawood said.

The nine member delegation comprising of First Deputy Foreign Affairs and Deputy Ministers of Investment & Foreign Trade, Transport, and Senior Officials of Ministry of Investments & Foreign Trade called on the Prime  Minister and Chief of Army Staff.

Pakistan and Uzbekistan signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for establishment of Joint Working Group on Trade and & Economic Affairs to work together for trade enhancement, promotion of intergovernmental projects in different sectors and improvement of connectivity.

The delegation also held meetings with the Ministers for Industries & Production and Maritime Affairs to actualize existing investment opportunities in the fields of textile, agriculture, pharmaceuticals and tourism. Both sides endeavor to work towards improved connectivity through land borders and shipping. Uzbekistan is particularly interested in using sea ports of Pakistan for shipment of imports and exports.

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