Pakistan, India commerce ministers to meet in Bhutan next month


ISLAMABAD: The Pakistani commerce minister Khurram Dastgir Khan and his Indian counterpart Nirmala Sitharaman will meet in Bhutan next month to discuss means to promote bilateral trade.

The two ministers will meet on the sidelines of the SAFTA (South Asian Free Trade Area) ministerial council meeting in Bhutan on July 24.

This will be the first meeting between the commerce ministers of the two countries after the establishment of a new government in India.

An official source said that trade liberalization will be at the top of the agenda when the commerce ministers meet. They will also discuss the agreements signed in 2012 to remove bottlenecks in trade facilitation.

Moreover, the meeting between the two commerce ministers will also take up issues such as further trimming the sensitive list, removing visa restrictions, allowing banking channels and mobile connectivity, he added.