Visas sought for Afghan traders at Torkham border

Participants of a daylong conference in Peshawar have asked the government of Pakistan to issue Afghan traders with visas at the Torkham border crossing.

Attended by trade leaders and political figures, the all parties conference (APC) presented the government with the first-ever Charter of Economy (CoE)aimed at boosting Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s economy.

While seeking abolition of the regulatory duty on imports from Afghanistan, they called for concrete measures to facilitate trade with Afghanistan.

The government was urged to provide infrastructure, including the Internet, banking and electricity facilities at the Ghulam Khan, Kharlachi and other custom stations in the tribal belt.

The APC asked the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) to take up measures to jack up exports of local products, including tobacco and grains.

Organised by the Sarhad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) in collaboration with USAID, the APC was part of an initiative called “Economic Revitalisation of KP-FAT.

By S. Muddasir Ali Shah, Pajhwok

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