KARACHI: The President Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI) will take over the presidency of the Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO) Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) for three years starting from September 4, trade officials said on Tuesday.
Zakria Usman, President of FPCCI told the News that enhancement of trade through signing free trade agreements with promoting the transportation and tourism facilities among ECO member countries will be Pakistan’s priorities during the new term.
The ECO is the regional block of Islamic countries, including Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, Afghanistan, and some of the Common Wealth of Independent States.
“The members from ECO states are discussing various proposals on strategy and viable joint projects to promote economic, trade, and investment activities and enhancing economic relations among the ECO member countries in general as well as bilateral trade between member states,” Usman said.
“To strengthen the working relationships between members, we are also planning to hold different ECO-CCI committees every quarter,” he said.
Usman said committee members also discussed the latest achievements about the Islamabad-Tehran-Istanbul (ITI) route in the light of the 8th meeting of ECO’s high-level working group on container trains held in Tehran in March this year.
“Besides, the members also discussed the Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Iran (KTAI) train project,” he said.
“The committee emphasized the establishment of a commercial working group for activation and marketing of ITI and KTAI trains. They also stressed training workshops for transport operators of Pakistan on TIR Convention to enhance their skill and performance to the desired level,” he said.
The International Transport of Goods Under Cover of TIR Carnets (TIR Convention) is a multilateral treaty to simplify and harmonize the administrative formalities of international road transport.
The recommendations of the above committees will be presented in the executive committee meeting on 4th September for their endorsement.