KARACHI - Karachi Chamber of Commerce & Industry President Muhammad Haroon Agar has urged the World Bank’s Group on Trade and Transport Facilitation to execute Indo-Pak cross-border trade assessment study from Khokrapar-Monabao Border to start trade on the pattern of Wagah-Attari. 

Exchanging views with the delegation of World Bank Group on Trade and Transport Facilitation headed by Ms Diep Nguyen-van Houtte, he appreciated the initiative of WB’s study on improvement of Wagah Border and emphasised that for cross-border trade, Pakistani borders lack sufficient infrastructure and modern integrated check-posts and indispensable services.

Diep Nguyen-van Houtte apprised that responding to the request of the Government of Pakistan for World Bank support in trade and transport facilitation particularly in improvement of Wagah Border, World Bank’s initial scoping mission was on visit to Pakistan to conduct site visits and hold discussions with public and private sector in Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi.

In this connection, the mission sought proposals from KCCI. The delegation recognised the active role of KCCI for promotion of trading and industrial activities in Karachi and elsewhere. This mission informed that they will also visit Khokrapar-Monabai Border for physical analysis.

Earlier, Haroon Agar said to enhance trade with India, KCCI has formed Bombay-Karachi Joint Chamber of Commerce & Industry which is recognised by both Indo-Pak Governments. KCCI had provided its proposals for Trade Liberalisation, Negative List, 3 agreements and opening of Khokrapar-Monabao Border to facilitate the businessmen of Sindh and Balochistan.  He asserted upon the need to establish Purpose-Built Warehouses and Cool-Chains at the Indo-Pak Borders at Wagah and Khokrapar.