The business community in Balochistan has called for the establishment of more trade routes between Pakistan and Iran to boost economic activities and bilateral trade between the two countries.

A two-day meeting of the 9th Joint Border Trade Committee was held in Zahedan, Iran on Wednesday.

A Pakistani trade delegation is visiting the neighboring country to boost bilateral trade between the two countries.

The 23-member delegation from the Quetta Chamber of Commerce and Industry is led by President Fida Hussain Dashti.

Pakistan Customs Chief Collector Muhammad Sadiq, Deputy Commissioner Chaghi Inamul Haq, Fisheries DG Tariqur Rehman, DS Pakistan Railways Nisar Ahmed, FIA Deputy Director Bashir Ahmed Soomro and others are also part of the delegation.

Senior Iranian trade officials also attended the joint border trade committee meeting, which discussed ways to improve and boost border trade activities.

During the meeting, Fida Hussain Dashti briefed the participants on the current state of trade and difficulties at the Pak-Iran border.

Dashti said Pakistan and Iran are two brotherly Islamic neighbors with a long chain of border trade.

Trade between Iran and Balochsitan has existed in one form or another and even today a conducive environment for business activities is needed, he added.

Both sides stressed the need to build more trade gateways for business communities and individuals.

For Mashkeel, Panjgur and Bilangur in Kech district, it was suggested to create industrial zones bordering Mirjawa and Ramdan on the Iranian side while Taftan and Kaldan border on the Pakistani side.

It was agreed to create more facilities. Both countries decided to increase trade routes and encourage free trade. The meeting also requested the Iranian authorities to increase the electricity supply in Makran to address the grievances of the residents of Panjgur, Turbat and Gwadar.

Published in L’Express Tribune, June 2n/a2022.