CII looking forward to meeting between Indo-Pak Commerce Secretaries

April 25th, 2011 - 10:21 pm ICT by ANI  

By Sawinder Singh

Amritsar, Apr 25 (ANI): The Chairman of CII Zonal Council, Suneet Kochhar, on Monday said the Confederation of Indian Industry is looking forward to the meeting between Commerce Secretaries of India and Pakistan to be held in Islamabad on April 28 and 29.

Reiterating the points handed over to the Government of Punjab by the Punjab State Council of CII earlier in March, he mentioned that CII has been quite active in creating awareness towards the hardships faced by the Industry in Indo-Pak trade as also to unlock the opportunities for commerce that exist for Punjab’s business community through Pakistan to CIS and Middle East countries.

Kochhar also stressed on the granting of Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status to India as a reciprocal measure by Pakistan.

“The positive list for items to be traded also needs to be increased. The need to connect upcoming Integrated Check Post at Wagah with the Eastern Freight Corridor, whichneeds to be extended to Amritsar establishing cold chain and warehousing facilities at Wagah for perishable commodities, was one of the important points discussed during the Zonal Council meet recently,” said Kochhar.

“Also it was recommended that a fully developed Railway siding should be setup at Attari railway station with storage godowns and other facilities,” he added.

Kochhar also welcomed the forthcoming ICP at the Attari-Wagah border and reiterated the need of opening the rail route for containerised movements as being done on all the international land ports.

The issue of difficulty in issuance of Visas to business community of both sides was also highlighted.

Kochhar also proposed that visa norms need to be relaxed.

“As an option for Punjab Industry and Trade, a Punjab specific visa needs to be introduced so that the industrialists and traders of both the sides can freely visit Punjab of each others country for business purposes with ease,” he said.

Commerce Secretaries of India and Pakistan, will meet in Islamabad on April 27 and 28, in an effort to give a trade push to the resumption of dialogue between the two nations. (ANI)

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