5th Session Of Pak-Tajikistan Joint Commission On
Trade, Economic And Scientific-Technical Cooperation
Chitral Times Report
The 5th Session of Pakistan–Tajikistan Joint Commission on
Trade, Economic and Scientific-Technical Cooperation was held in
Islamabad on June 15-16, 2016. The Session was Co-chaired by
Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Federal Minister for Water and Power and
also Co-chair of Pakistan whileMr.Usmonali Usmonzoda, Minister of
Energy and Water Resources, Republic of Tajikistan led Tajikistan
During the two days of the Session, detailed meetings were held
between the experts of the two sides on a number of issues,
especially focussing on Trade & Commerce, Energy, Agriculture,
Education, Science & Technology and other matters of mutual
interest. During the closing session, Protocol of the Session was
signed by both Co-chairs, based on major actions/decisions.
During his stay in Pakistan, Mr. Usmonali Usmonzoda, Minister of
Energy and Water Resources, Republic of Tajikistan called-on
Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Minister
for Petroleum and Natural Resources and Minister for Commerce.
The highlights of major decisions taken during the meetings of the
5thSession of Pakistan–Tajikistan Joint Commission are as under: -
i. Both sides agreed to enhance business to business contacts
through organizing the second meeting of Joint Business Council on
the sidelines of the Inaugural Session of Joint Working Group on
Trade, Investment and Transport at Dushanbe in October 2016.
ii. Both sides agreed to sign a MoU between the State Bank of
Pakistan (SBP) and National Bank of Tajikistan (NBT) on Supervisory
cooperation. In this regard, SBP will share a draft MoU through
diplomatic channels within three months.
iii. Tajik side was apprised that their request for accession to
Quadrilateral Agreement for Traffic-in-Transit (among Pakistan,
China, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan), given to Pakistan being the
Depository of Quadrilateral Agreement, is under consideration.
iv. Tajikistan appreciated the initiative of Pakistan to organize a
truck caravan under the framework of Quadrilateral Agreement and
has agreed to participate in this project.
v. Bilateral Transport Agreement will also be discussed during the
first meeting of Joint Working Group on Trade, Investment and
Transport, scheduled in October 2016 at Dushanbe.
vi. The sides noted with satisfaction the progress made so far in
realization of CASA-1000 project and also expressed the resolve to
initiate the physical work on the project as early as possible to
achieve the desired delivery of energy.
vii. The Parties also noted the mutual interest for export of
additional 1000 MW by Tajikistan to Pakistan outside CASA-1000
Project. The Parties have notified the technical committee members
and the first meeting of the committee is proposed to be held as
early as possible. The committee will review the previous reports
prepared by Tajikistan side and will develop a road map for future
viii. Both sides agreed to establish joint ventures with “Oil and
Gas Development Company Limited” (OGDCL) and “Pakistan Petroleum
Limited” (PPL) on detection and processing of oil and gas in the
Republic of Tajikistan on Government to Government basis.
ix. The Tajikistan side showed interest to establish joint ventures
with Pakistan investors in the field of processing of ginned
cotton, wool and leather finished products (cotton fabric, sewn and
knitted products, leather jackets, bags and shoes).
x. In order to effectively collaborate in the field of agriculture
a Joint Working Group (JWG) will be formed. Both sides agreed to
share the composition of members of JWG through diplomatic
xi. The two sides agreed to the renewal of Agreement between
Pakistan and Tajikistan on Scientific and Technological Cooperation
signed in 1992 through exchange of diplomatic notes.
xii. Both sides decided to appoint Focal points to combat the
menace of drug and narcotics trafficking.
5. The meeting was characterised by a spirit of friendship,
cooperation and a desire to make rapid advances in the above