Bridging the Business Gaps between Pakistan and Afghanistan

Categories: Small Grantee Features

As part of the Center’s ongoing Afghanistan-Pakistan Partnership program, this project brought together local business community representatives from Afghanistan and Pakistan to promote regional integration by bridging the gaps in business, culture and education between Afghanistan and Pakistan. The project aimed to foster entrepreneurial eco-systems to generate employment opportunities for entrepreneurs and make Afghan and Pakistani entrepreneurs an impetus of growth and to promote cultural dialogue between Pakistani and Afghan entrepreneurs.

A two-day exchange program was organized for Afghan participants to meet with business community representatives from Islamabad and members of the Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (FPCCI) on October 17-18, 2018. The purpose of the exchange meeting in Islamabad was to develop an interactive dialogue between the participants and the members of the FPCCI to better understand government policies on trade and policies on the Afghanistan Pakistan Transit Trade Agreements. Participants also discussed issues concerning the trade deficit between Afghanistan and Pakistan and how to overcome them.

The project also yielded the following results:

  • Two television shows were recorded covering trade issues between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
  • The Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce Delegation met with Commerce Minister of Pakistan and presented him with information on issues the Afghan business community faces in Pakistan.
  • The president and vice president of the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) asked for recommendations to support Pakistan-Afghanistan business relations. These recommendations are being prepared to brief Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan.
  • Members of the Pakistani parliament also participated in the meeting and mentioned that they would raise the issues in Parliament.
Author: Michael Carroll