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Experts meet to discuss China-Pakistan international transport volume under CPEC
A meeting was held between experts from the Ministry of Communications and Xinjiang’s Transportation Department. In the meeting, the rising trade volume between the two countries under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was discussed, and mechanisms were put forth to cater for the rising trade volume. The major issues that were discussed were the Karakoram Highway, Kashgar-Gilgit Bus Service, Lahore to Kashgar Bus Service and the grant of multiple entry visas. Both sides also agreed to formulate and implement a Bilateral Road Transport agreement.

ISLAMABAD: Communications Secretary Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui has said that cooperation between Pakistan and China in trade, industry and tourism sectors would ultimately prepare an ideal ground for the economic uplift of the South Asian region.

Siddiqui said this while signing the agreed minutes upon the conclusion of a two-day experts group meeting on ‘International Road Transport at the Ministry of Communications’.

Ministry of Communications Senior Joint Secretary Altaf Asghar and Xinjiang’s Transportation Department Deputy Party Secretary Lin Ping signed the minutes.

In order to promote bilateral trade relations between Pakistan and China in the context of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the meeting of Pakistan-China experts group on international road transport was held at the Ministry of Communications.

On the first day, the experts group from both sides discussed in details matters pertaining to the exchange of information about China-Pakistan international transport volume during 2018, present condition of Karakoram Highway, restoration of Kashgar-Gilgit Bus Service and commencement of bus service from Lahore and Islamabad to Kashgar, routine mechanism for holding of bilateral talks on regular basis and grant of multiple entries visas to the drivers/crew members.

The meeting also reviewed problems being faced by the transport companies and facilitation measures taken in this regard by both sides. Proposal for the opening of Pak-China border seven days a week was also considered.

The meeting was informed that due to extreme weather conditions at Khunjerab Top, Pak-China border remains closed almost four months, affecting trade and business activities. Both the sides discussed ways to minimize this closure time.

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