Pakistan’s new plan to enhance imports & exports

Pakistan's new plan to enhance imports & exports | PakistanTribeISLAMABAD – The National Assembly was informed on Monday that the Land Port Authority is to be established to provide better facilities to importers and exporters through land routes of the country.

The National Assembly resumed its session in Islamabad on Monday with Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in the chair.

Minister of State for Commerce and Textile Industry Engineer Khurram Dastgir Khan told the House during question hour that a bill to this effect would soon be presented before the House.

He said presently up to eight different departments and organizations have their presence at land ports like Wahga, Chaman and Torkham which creates problems for businessmen.

Under the proposed law all these entities would be under the port authority which will have modern information system to expedite clearance processes.

To another question, the Minister of State said the government would focus on securing the same market access from Japan which is currently available to ASEAN plus six.

He said Pakistani exports to those countries with which we have Free Trade agreements have increased but the country was not in a position to take full advantage of these arrangements because of low export base and energy crisis. He said efforts are being made to diversify exports to fields like agro food, hilal food, apparels and pharmaceuticals, besides addressing the energy problem. He pointed out that already the large scale manufacturing has shown increased growth due to improved supply of electricity.

Replying to a question on behalf of Foreign Ministry, Khurram Dastgir Khan said an unknown number of militants and criminals have take refuge in Afghanistan and are involved in cross border attacks into Pakistan.

He said Pakistan has conveyed its reservations and concerns to the Afghan government in this regard.

He said presently 378 Pakistani prisoners are in Afghan jails on different charges and this issue is also taken up with the Afghan side.

In a written reply, Minister for States and Frontier Regions Abdul Qadir Baloch informed the House that 480 schools have been damaged due to militancy. Of them, 150 have been rehabilitated while the remaining 330 are being rehabilitated within the limited resources on priority.

He said 68 health facilities were either destroyed or partially damaged due to militancy. Of them, 24 have so far been reconstructed.

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Graduate in Media Sciences, Afrah Kamran is PakistanTribe's Correspondent in the United States. She writes on current affairs and latest happenings across U.S., especially from New York and Washington. She was part of PakistanTribe's editorial desk before leaving for United States.

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