Afghanistan Pakistan Trade Portal

    Peshawar: As part of its efforts to engage with Key Public Sector stakeholders, Afghanistan Pakistan Trade Portal (APTP) team held a meeting with KP Customs Department. Project Lead, Dr Simbal Khan met with high level officers of Customs Office headed by Mr. Arbab Qaiser Additional Collector, Model Customs collectorate Peshawar.  The meeting was also attended by Deputy Director Customs Transit Station Torkham Mr. Inam Wazir, Additional Directorate of Transit Trade, Peshawar Mr. Jahan Bahadur and APTP Research Assistant Mr. Arsalan Ahmed Raja.

    According to the details released by the APTP media center, Dr. Simbal Khan thanked the customs officials for giving APTP team time to present the key concepts and objective of the of APTP Project. The discussion focused on current opportunities and future coordination on data and knowledge sharing, advocacy and strategic communication to highlight positive developments and new custom regulations facilitating trade between the two countries.

    Regards APTP the following suggestions were made by Custom officials:

    1. APTP to provide updated Afghanistan-Pakistan Trade data sourced from Pakistan State Bank website.
    2. A mechanism through which relevant Tariff and trade data from Afghanistan can be sourced and posted on the Portal as Afghanistan’s official trade data is not publically available or posted on officials websites.
    3. Need to establish APTP mobile app to improve ease of doing business and attracting the new investors and businessman.
    4. Need to have Persian and Pashto language features on Afghanistan Pakistan Trade Portal APTP and its app to help vendors and businesses understand procedures and regulations on both sides of the Pak-Afghan borders.
    5. Business to business matching: Custom officials highlighted the importance of a Portal feature, which includes mechanisms for linking Afghan traders and businesses with Pakistani counterparts who have been vetted as legitimate businesses and verified by FBR.

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