ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Uzbekistan on Saturday signed a protocol to cooperate in water, power, agriculture, leather, textile, tourism and pharmaceutical sectors and to enhance bilateral trade between the two countries.
The agreement was signed in Tashkent after the conclusion of the 4th session of Pak-Uzbek Joint Ministerial Commission (JMC).
Chairman of the JMC from Pakistan side, Minister for Water and Power Raja Pervez Ashraf and Uzbek Minister for Agriculture and Water Management Safiuddin Ismailove signed the protocol.
The 4th session of the JMC was held at Tashkent from April 17 to 18, says a fax message received here from Tashkent. The session discussed various proposals to enhance bilateral trade and economic cooperation and stressed the need for joint strategy in this regard.
Ashraf also called on Uzbek Prime Minister. The minister urged for the opening of a branch of National Bank of Pakistan in Tashkent. He said that the government of Pakistan is considering a request of Uzbekistan for provision of transport facilities at the Gwadar Port and Port Qasim.
He also informed him the federal cabinet has ratified transit trade agreement with Uzbekistan. The Uzbek Prime Minister during the meeting assured that the necessary formalities are being finalised for the opening of an NBP branch in Tashkent. Uzbek PM also expressed good wishes and solidarity with Pakistan for its fight against terrorism.
Ashraf also held meetings with the Uzbek Minister of Commerce, Water, Economic Affairs and the delegation of chamber of commerce and industry. They all assured of their full cooperation and joint venture projects in Pakistan.