PM assures Tajik business community of all-out facilitation



Prime Minister Imran Khan invited on Thursday the Tajik business community to invest in Pakistan, saying the government will facilitate them in every way possible.

"The objective of today's meeting is to have an interaction between the business communities of Tajikistan and Pakistan," the premier said while addressing the Pakistan-Tajikistan Business Forum in Dushanbe.

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"I believe we have some 67 companies here from Pakistan from different fields of textiles, minerals, pharmaceutical and logistics," he said.

"Tajikistan is a very resourceful country and we envy that," he said, adding, "You have achieved clean, hydro-electricity."

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"In Pakistan, unfortunately, we have expensive electricity and we will expedite the CASA-1000 project so we can also benefit from your clean and cheap hydro-electricity," the premier added.

"For the business community of Tajikistan, Pakistan is a country of 220 million people and that is a huge market."

"I invite you, and the business community in Pakistan will invite you, and I assure you that we will facilitate you in every way," PM Imran said.

Prime Minister Imran Khan met with H.E. Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, President of Kazakhstan at Dushanbe on the side-lines of SCO.

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He highlighted that, "The more the trade in the country, the more it will be beneficial for both of us."

"We will be giving you all the incentives," the premier said, adding that, "We are already trying to facilitate our own business community."

"You will find, whenever you will come, that the government will do everything to make it easier for you to do business," he concluded.

Afghanistan's situation

While speaking about the situation in Afghanistan, the PM said Pakistan wishes and prays that the country acheives peace after 40 years of conflict.

He observed that peace in the neighbouring country was extremely important for peace in Pakistan too, especially for trade and better connectivity.

The premier assured that him and Tajik President Emomali Rahmon will "try everything" to ensure that there's peace in Afghanistan, especially between the two major communities of Afghans and Tajiks.

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Earlier today, the PM left for Tajikistan in a bid to add another destination to Pakistan’s export market.

Following his arrival in the country, the premier was received by his Tajik counterpart Kokhir Rasulzoda.

The premier is accompanied by Adviser on Commerce Abdul Razak Dawood, who had floated the idea for the trip, as well Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qurshi, National Security Adviser Moeed Yusuf and federal ministers Fawad Chaudhry and Ali Zaidi.

On the occasion, business-to-business (B2B) meetings between delegations of Tajikistan and Pakistan will take place.

The meetings will focus on investment opportunities in Tajikistan and discuss avenues for Pakistan to enhance its exports to the Central Asian Republic.

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