Pakistan and Afghanistan have agreed upon the introduction of a luxury bus service between Peshawar, Jalalabad, Quetta, and Kandahar by the end of August this year.
It was also decided during the three days of bilateral discussions between the two parties, which ended on Wednesday, that mutual cooperation would be used to address the challenges with visa processing.
The two parties underlined their commitment to maintaining frequent coordination in order to put these understandings into practice and increase economic cooperation.
The neighboring nations also came to a consensus on a number of measures to assure prompt clearance, unrestricted commercial flow, and increased efficiency in the clearing of products.
Acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi, Pakistan’s Commerce Secretary Muhammad Sualeh Ahmed Faruqui, and Afghanistan’s Nooruddin Azizi served as the negotiations’ leaders in the Afghan capital from July 18 to 20.
The Pakistani delegation’s visit was intended to explore joint initiatives for increasing bilateral commerce, transit, and connectivity and to take the necessary steps to facilitate trade in order to solve issues faced by importers and exporters on both sides.
To ensure prompt passage of commerce and transit traffic and to eliminate bottlenecks and obstacles on a priority basis, all parties agreed to make border crossing points more efficient.
In order to further boost bilateral commerce, they decided to put into effect the Temporary Admission Document (TAD), which permits unrestricted movement of vehicles engaged in bilateral trade but prohibits the picking up and unloading of cargo at the border crossing.
It was also decided that mutual cooperation would be used to overcome the challenges associated with visa processing. The two parties underlined their commitment to maintaining frequent coordination in order to put these understandings into practice and increase economic cooperation.