ISLAMABAD - A 33-member Tajik business delegation visited Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ICCI) and showed interest to invest in Pakistan in the fields of cement, steel, gems and electricity as both sectors have a lot of potential for earnings. The delegation was representing the sectors of cotton fiber, cement, hydraulic fittings, banking, telecommunication, pharmaceutics, energy, jewellery, leather products, tourism, agriculture, hospitality and aluminum, which was on visit to Pakistan along with Tajik President Emomali Rahman for improving bilateral trade between the two countries. Muhammad Tauseef Zaman, Acting President Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ICCI) expressing his views, said that Pakistan considers Tajikistan an important place in Central Asia but due to lack of exchange of business delegations and interaction between the private sectors, the trade was much below the true potential. Zaman highlighted construction, pharmaceutical and textile in which companies could collaborate for joint venture investment. He welcomed the initiative of Tajik President for bringing a big entourage of businessmen with diversified interests and hoped that new trade opportunities and business links will emerge on the visit. ICCI Acting President was of the opinion that both countries should go for joint ventures and also study each other market to look at the possibilities of joining hands in different sectors. Tajik government should urge Afghan government for implementation of Afghan Transit Trade Agreement which would help both countries in emerging trade activities, as it provides trade access from land route to transports to reach CIS states for business, he added. Adil Anees, Vice President ICCI said that business delegation of ICCI consisting members from rice, flour, steel, cement and marble sector would planned to visit Tajikistan in July-2011 for participating in trade-expo. Nekroy H. Zabirov, leader of Tajik business delegation said that Tajik businessmen were interested to invest in Pakistan in the fields of cement, steel, gems and electricity as both sectors have a lot of potential for earnings. He said that Tajikistan has cheapest electricity rates and for new investor of cotton industry, government was not charging taxes for 12 years. He said that both the countries were enjoying close brotherly and historic relations, with the sharing culture, faith and traditions, adding that their visit would further boost the relations between the two brotherly nations.