Leveraging SAFTA: Cross Border Trade Dialogues

SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAARC CCI) organized a two-day workshop on Cross Border Trade Dialogues in partnership with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) and in collaboration with Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) on April 29, 2019 in Peshawar, Pakistan.

The aim of the workshop was to discuss the current challenges and workout a doable set of policy recommendations for the policy makers from relevant stakeholders particularly the private sector representatives such as the trade bodies located in bordering areas of the member nations and to engage the primary stakeholders to discourse and examine the issue of non-tariff measures hindering the achievement of SAFTA objectives.

Workshop participants included members from the Chambers of Commerce in the bordering regions, a relevant civil society organization and government officials deputed to focus on border crossings with a view to discuss on the prioritized issues pertinent to trade across the border.

Ms. Hina Saeed, Secretary General of SAARC CCI in her opening remarks welcomed the participants and thanked them for their valuable presence at the event.   

Mr. Mohammad Daood Musa, President, Pashto Kandahar Group of Companies, Afghanistan, addressed the gathering sharing great insights on Pak- Afghan border trade.

Mr. Faiz Muhammad, President of Sarhad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) highlighted the importance of bilateral trade and shared his insights on prevailing non-tariff measures (NTMs) and non-tariff barriers (NTBs) impeding bilateral trade between Pakistan and Afghanistan during SAARC CCI border trade dialogue in Peshawar.
 
On the second day of the workshop, a field visit to Torkham Border was organized to examine the level of port efficiencies potential trader barriers and to scrutinize the security and infrastructure challengers and issues pertinent to standardization. Furthermore, the prevalence of NTMs and NTBs at the border point was also examined during the visit.

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