Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industries with support from Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI), Pak – Afghan Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industries (PAJCCI) and Kabul Chamber of Commerce and Industries organized “3rd Made in Pakistan Exhibition” from 15 – 17 April 2015 at Intercontinental Hotel of Kabul.
40 Pakistani companies showcased their products in 60 booths by three days, which includes Electronic equipment, paints and chemicals, energy, printing industry, furniture, carpets, foods, handy crafts, leather industry, safety devices, semi-precious stones, machinery, plastic, services, communication, vehicle spare parts, cloths, internal decor, hygienic and cosmetics, cloths, Drugs, meat and eggs.
The Opening of this exhibition was attended by Mr. Khanjan Alkozay, Senior Vice Chairman of ACCI, Mr. Mohammad Yonus Momand Commercial Vice-Chairman of BoD of ACCI, Mr. Khuram Dastgir Khan Minister of Commerce and Industry of Pakistan and Mr. Arbab Shahzad Secretary of Ministry of Commerce and Industries of Pakistan, Mr. Mozamil Shinwari Acting Minister of Commerce and Industries of Afghanistan, Chairman and Members of Rawalpindi Chamber, Pakistani Ambassador to Afghanistan and several national and Pakistani businessmen.
Mr. Alkozay while terming the conduction of such exhibitions very useful for familiarization of afghan consumers with Pakistani quality products, added that, currently Afghanistan has the highest level of commercial exchange with its neighboring country Pakistan.
Mr. Alokozay added if the trade between the two countries get rid of political considerations, these two neighboring countries could approach good relations.
“We would like to have strong and close relations with all states of Pakistan, therefor we want the hurdles facing the trade and transit between two countries to be taken care as soon as possible” he added.
In his closing remarks Mr. Alokozay thanked Pakistani Ambassador for his continuous support for traders of two countries, and appreciated his efforts for facilitating the provision of Pakistani Entrance Visa for afghan traders.
Meanwhile the chairman of Rawalpindi Chamber termed the achievement of the two chambers significant and asked the Pak-Afghan Joint Chamber of to organize such exhibition “Made in Afghanistan” in Pakistan.
Mr. Mozamil Shinwari called the conduction of exhibitions a great opportunity for business communities to exchange their views and experiences. He acknowledged the problem in both countries, and called for immediate response from the two sides.
H.E. Khuram Dastgir Khan appreciated ACCI’s all-round efforts and cooperation for successful conduction of the exhibition, and added that the aim of this exhibition, besides introducing Pakistani quality products to Afghans, is to boost better business relations between the two countries.
Furthermore he added that the majority of problem in the customs and ports of his country have already been taken care, and there is strong political determination for addressing the remaining trade and transit challenges.
The conduction of such exhibitions is positive steps toward fostering business relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan and could pave the way for joint ventures between the business communities of two countries.
It’s worth mentioning, that first and second exhibitions of “Made in Pakistan” had been organized by 2012 and 2013 in Kabul InterContinental Hotel where a number of Afghan companies also showcased their products.
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