The eighth meeting of Afghanistan Pakistan Transit Trade Coordination Authority (APTTCA) was held in Islamabad from December 28 to 30, 2020.

The Afghanistan delegation was led by Nisar Ahmad Faizi Ghoryani, Minister of Industry and Commerce of Afghanistan. During the visit, he had meetings with Prime Minister Imran Khan, Advisor to the Prime Minister on Commerce and Investment Abdul Razak Dawood, Minister for Maritime Affairs Ali Zaidi, Speaker of National Assembly Asad Qaiser, and private sector of Pakistan.

The APTTCA meeting was jointly inaugurated by Abdul Razak Dawood and Nisar Ahmad Faizi Ghoryani. It was co-chaired by Muhammad Sualeh Ahmed Faruqui, Secretary Ministry of Commerce and Hashmatullah Ghafoori, Deputy Minister of Irrigation and Natural Resources, and Ministry of Agriculture Irrigation and Livestock of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

The two sides held detailed discussions for the revision of APTTA in a constructive and positive spirit, where a lot of progress was made on the agenda. Texts of the proposed drafts were earlier exchanged and discussed in the meeting between the two sides. Both agreed to have further discussions and exchange views on the subject matter.

This would be followed by next meeting on a mutually agreed date and place to make further progress.

In addition to the talks on APTTA, constructive discussions were also held on Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and proposed sustenance markets. A memorandum of understanding on Railway cooperation was also discussed.


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