Islamabad: (PR)    The ground for economic uplift of the whole region. He was
speaking on occasion of signing agreed minutes on conclusion of two days experts group meeting
on International Road Transport at Ministry of Communications.
Senior Joint Secretary Ministry of Communications Mr. Altaf Asghar and leader of Chinese
delegation Mr. Lin Ping Deputy Party Secretary of Transportation Department, Xinjiang signed the
minutes.
In order to promote bilateral trade relationship between Pakistan and China in context of
China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), meeting of Pakistan-China Working level Experts
Group on International Road Transport continued two days at Ministry of Communications. Matters
relating to expanding trade ties and facilitating transportation of passengers and goods between
the two countries were discussed in detail.
The Pakistan side was led by Senior Joint Secretary Ministry of Communications Mr. Altaf
Asghar, while senior officers from Ministries of Communications, Foreign Affairs, Interior and
Commerce, National Highway Authority, Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation, National
Logistic Cell and Northern Areas Transport Cooperation participated. Likewise Mr. Lin Ping,
Deputy Party Secretary of Transportation Department of Xinjiang led the 8-member Chinese
delegation, while high ups from International Road Transport office Xinjiang and other officers of
relevant Chinese departments participated in the meeting.
On the first day, working level experts group of both the sides discussed in details matters
relating to exchange of information about China-Pakistan international transport volume during
2018, present condition of Karakoram Highway, restoration of Kashgar-Gilgit Bus Service and start
of Bus service from Lahore and Islamabad to Kashgar, routine mechanism for holding of bilateral
talks on regular basis and grant of multiple entries visas to the drivers/crew members. The meeting
also reviewed problems being faced by Transport companies and facilitation measures by both the
sides. Proposal for opening of Pak-China border seven days a week was also considered.
It was told that due to extreme weather conditions at Khunjerab Top, Pak-China border
remains closed almost four months affecting the trade. Both the sides discussed to make efforts
for minimizing this closure time. It was told in the meeting that construction work of Havelian-
Thakot section is in progress and hopefully will be completed by March 2020. The meeting also
reviewed to obtain services of more than one Bus Operators from both sides that will ultimately
pave the way to ensure quality services for cross border transportation of passengers & freight. In
order to expand the range of trade relationship between Pakistan and China and to facilitate
transportation of passengers and goods, both the sides desired implementation of Bilateral Road
Transport Agreement in an effective manner.
On conclusion of experts level meeting both the sides signed the agreed minutes.

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