TASHKENT, Uzbekistan: The eighth meeting of the Pakistan-Uzbekistan Inter-governmental Commission on Trade-Economic and Scientific-Technical Cooperation (IGC) was held in Tashkent on February 24, 2023.
Both Countries signed a one billion trade agreement to encourage the exchange of goods and services.
The meeting mainly focused on bilateral economic cooperation in various sectors including commerce and trade, banking, industries and production, investment, textile industry, energy, oil and natural resources, transportation and communication, agriculture and tourism and culture development.
8th Session of Pak-Uzbek Inter-governmental Commission on Trade-Economic & Scientific-Technical Cooperation, co-chaired by Mr. Laziz Kudratov,Minister of Investments,Industry & Trade,Uzbekistan & Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar,Finance Minister,Pakistan in Uzbekistan on 24 Feb,2023. pic.twitter.com/PGnCu4Rsm8
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The IGC meeting was co-chaired by the Minister of Investments, Industry and Trade from the Republic of Uzbekistan Laziz Kudratov and the Minister for Finance and Revenue from the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar.
It was appreciated by the Uzbek side the continuous efforts by both Countries to encourage closer ties, especially in the fields of trade, transport, banking, and agriculture.
The most important outcome of the IGC was the signing of the 1 billion trade agreement, which will encourage the exchange of goods and services into a target and will also ease the process of trade.
Ishaq Dar appreciated the deeper interests by the Uzbek side and strengthening the relationship and lauded progress already made in the field of transport, trade and welcomed Uzbek side to explore the areas in automobiles, information technology and natural minerals.
The parties emphasized the huge untapped potential in investment cooperation and bilateral trade.
Furthermore, the IGC recognized the importance of closer collaboration in order to bring sustainable development through technology, innovation, and economic partnership. The IGC aims at increasing economic diversification, sustainable growth, building supply chain resilience, and robust regulatory environment.
The Commission expressed satisfaction on the bilateral trade volume between the two countries and desired to enhance it further in the future.
Moreover, Uzbekistan showed commitment for enhancing bilateral connectivity through diverse modes.
The meeting was attended by the Minister for Finance Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar, the Prime Minister’s Special Adviser Tariq Bajwa, the Finance Minister’s Special Assistant Zulfiqar Younus, the Federal Secretary Economic Affairs Division, Dr. Kazim Niaz along with other ministry representatives from Pakistan.
From the Uzbek side, the session was attended by the Minister of Investments, Industry and Trade Laziz Kudratov, the Minister of Sport and Youth Policy Hamraev Oybek Nematovich, the Chairman Chamber of Commerce of Uzbekistan Ikramov Adham Ilhamovich.
Both the parties agreed to hold the ninth meeting of the Pakistan-Uzbekistan Inter-governmental Commission next year in Pakistan.