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Pakistan, Tajikistan to promote cooperation

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The two countries sign an agreement on customs-related matters pertaining to goods and passengers, drug trafficking  

High Asia Herald Report

Islamabad: Pakistan and Tajikistan have agreed to promote cooperation and mutual assistance in customs-related matters.

An agreement to this effect was signed by Pakistan’s ambassador to Tajikistan Imran Haider and Karimzoda K, Chairman, Customs Services of Tajikistan in Dushanbe on Friday, said a statement issued by the Federal Board of Revenue.

The two governments approved the agreement to ensure prompt implementation of its provisions that would help promote cooperation between the Customs authorities of the two countries through exchange of customs-related information pertaining to goods and passengers; prevention of drugs trafficking, enforcement of customs laws, research and development, enhance mutual foreign direct investments and promotion of exports between the two countries.

The new arrangement would ensure optimum facilitation for the bilateral transit trade between the two countries. It would also reduce the cost of doing business for the importers and exporters of the countries involved, a statement read.

“It is yet another milestone in the growing bilateral relations between Tajikistan and Pakistan. The agreement also reflects the will of the leadership in both countries to further reinforce friendly relations,” a statement issued by the FBR read.

Ambassador Haider expressed his gratitude for the close cooperation of Tajikistan in customs matters. He said: “The Pakistani government and Customs are always ready to enhance the economic and trade cooperation with Tajikistan.”

This agreement will ensure international cooperation for the achievement of strategic objectives for greater economic integration with the regional countries.

Pakistan and Tajikistan first signed the protocol on establishing diplomatic relations in June 1992. So far the two countries have signed 64 protocols, agreements and understandings on various subjects.

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