Rawalpindi - The Ambassador of Tajikistan, Sherali S Jononov visited the Rawalpindi Chamber Of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) here on friday.

Addressing the traders, Tajik envoy said that Pakistan and Tajikistan have historical, cultural and religious background and the roots of their relation are very deep.

Both countries are enjoying cordial relationship, he added. Tajikistan understands the energy need of Pakistan and said that power will be provided to Pakistan under Central Asia South Asia (CASA 1000) energy project, he said.

“We understand, banking and transportation issues,” he added. Tariff rates will be rationalized for better cooperation and bilateral trade activities. Pakistan is now emerging on the globe and under China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) its importance has been increased, he said.

Central Asian countries including Tajikistan now have a shortest access to sea via Gwadar Port. Pakistan trade and business community should come forward and take benefit of the emerging opportunities, he urged. The envoy appreciated the role of RCCI in promoting trade exhibitions under the indigenous brand, made in Pakistan Expo.

“We will try to replicate the same in Pakistan,” the envoy informed. Earlier, President RCCI Raja Amer Iqbal, in his welcome address said that Pakistan economy is taking a leap and expressed hope that CASA1000 MW energy project will help Pakistan to meet its energy requirement.

He demanded for exchange of trade delegations of both chambers. He provided an update on Pakistan Afghanistan Central Asian Trade Summit.

 and said that under the phase II the research report is in final stage and will be available shortly.

The two-day conference will be held in Dushanbe in March-April 2017, he further added. RCCI President apprised him about the current and upcoming activities of the chamber.

Senior Vice President Rashid Waien, Vice President Asim Malik, former Presidents Syed Ali Raza, Mian Humayun Parvez, members of the executive committee and a large number of traders were also present on the occasion.