Visit of the Kyrgyz Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs to the RCCI

Rawalpindi – On the sidelines of the 17th extraordinary session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Kyrgyz Deputy Foreign Minister Dr Aibek Artekbayev and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ulanbek Totuiaev visited the Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) and met with President Nadeem Rauf, a spokesperson informed Monday.

Group leader Sohail Altaf, senior vice president Asim Malik, vice president Talat Awan and members of the executive committee were also present on the occasion. Kyrgyz Deputy Foreign Minister Dr Aibek Artykbaev exchanged views on issues of bilateral importance and trade relations between Pakistan and Kyrgyzstan, and insisted on strengthening exchanges of delegations to bedroom level.

Ambassador Ulanbek Totuiaev said the bilateral trade volume is only nearly $ 1.8 million, which could be further increased.

RCCI President Nadeem Rauf gave a detailed briefing to the Deputy Foreign Minister on the chamber’s ongoing activities and future programs. He said that there is huge potential in the tourism sector for improving bilateral trade relations between Pakistan and Kyrgyzstan. He insisted that direct flights be launched between the two countries.

There is a need to increase bilateral trade ties and networking at the chamber of commerce level, he suggested.

Group leader Sohail Altaf said the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is an important route and Pakistan provides Central Asian states with short and easy road access via the ports of Karachi and Gwadar.