The ambassador of Tajikistan Sherali S Jononov said that Pakistan would get 1000 MegaWatt of energy under CASA-1000 Project from his country in 2017.

Tajikistan has the potential to provide 1000MW extra to Pakistan on cheaper rates, he added. He said that his country was eager to enhance bilateral trade ties with Pakistan.

He said that Pakistani kinno, mango and textile could get huge response in Tajik market but Pakistani business community needs to be more active to get their share.

Sherali was exchanging these views with the President Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) Syed Asad Mashadi during his visit to Chamber on Tuesday. Senior Vice President Mian Humayun Parvez, members’ executive committee and other member of the Chamber were also present on the occasion.

Ambassador said that transportation issues would be resolved soon and after the completion of Gwader Port it will be easy for both countries to get access each other’s market. He said that embassy has sent a request to the ministry of Commerce for establishment of Pak-Tajik trade forum and hope we would get positive response soon. He urged the Pakistani business community to actively participate in Expos and fairs in Tajikistan to introduce Pakistani products there. He ensured his cooperation in t his regard.

President RCCI Syed Asad Mashadi said that both countries must enhance relations in other sectors beside energy. He said that current trade volume between two countries is mere $9 million.

 and it was far behind the potential. Both countries have to enhance bilateral trade relations.

He stressed the need to improve road and air link between two States and also highlighted the importance of direct interaction of the business community of two countries.  He said Pakistan could be a gateway to Central Asia for trade and commerce. Similarly, he said Central Asian states, including Tajikistan, could be a very strong market for Pakistan with immense opportunities to boost trade.