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Continuing history: Pakistan and Turkey ready to sign $5 billion Agreement

Pakistan and Turkey are all set to sign an agreement to increase trade by $5 billion in three years

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Pakistan and Turkey have a long history of signing bilateral agreements and Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) for enhancing cooperation in a variety of fields such as economy, trade, communication, environment, and housing. In a recent meeting between Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Turkish Trade Minister Dr. Mehmet Mus, it was decided to sign an agreement to increase trade by $5 billion in three years, covering the areas of logistics, banking, customs, and agriculture.

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The significance of enhancing economic engagement and achieving the actual potential of business, trade, and investment between Turkey and Pakistan was emphasized by the Prime Minister.

Moreover, highlighting the need for increasing the bilateral trade, the PM stressed the significance of early completion of the Trade in Goods Agreement, which would aid in opening new prospects to improve bilateral trade across a range of sectors to the advantage of both economies as well as countries.

Also, both the countries have agreed on the implementation of the Strategic Economic Framework (SEF) and finding new areas of cooperation in the SEF, and working for the sustainability of the Islamabad-Tehran-Istanbul (ITI) train project.

Turkey is a member of the European Union (EU) and has an advanced customs system. Jointly, the countries will consider the ways of improving Pakistan’s whole business ecosystem. Side by side, they will discuss how turkey can take advantage of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.

The incentives of entering into the Pak-Turk agreement can be manifold. It will help result in an institutionalized information exchange mechanism.

Turkish company Samsun Makina will delve into finding opportunities for the provision of desalinated water to Karachi; Maarif Foundation has demanded land provision in other cities and consultation also.

The sources said, Turkish Airlines has asked for additional departure spots (Sialkot and Faisalabad) and raised frequency from Lahore, Karachi, and Islamabad, while the maintenance of profits made in Pakistan will be in foreign exchange accounts and repatriated to Turkey. This will ultimately facilitate the businessmen operating in both the countries and other travelers.