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'SEC, its companies can play important role in development of infra-structure of Tajikistan'.

ISLAMABAD, July 20, 2009 (Frontier Star) -- Given the gap between demand and supply in its domestic market, Pakistan is keenly interested in import of hydroelectricity from Tajikistan. The JEC would also discuss the early implementation of CASA 1000 project. The Opening Session of The Third Session of Pak-Tajik Joint Economic Commission held in Islamabad on Monday. Minister for Water and Power, Raja Pervez Ashraf, Government of Pakistan and Mr. Gul Sherali, Minister for Energy and Industry, Government of Tajikistan Co- chaired the JEC. It is the third session of Pak-Tajik-JEC. The Last Session was held in Dushanbe on 27-28 October, 2006. Today's Opening Session besides reviewing implementation status of Last Session's decisions, following areas of pivotal importance were also focussed:-Bilateral trade has yet to realize its full potential. Finalization of the Preferential Trade Agreement would help boost it. Negotiations on the subject are being held on the sidelines of the JEC. Given the gap between demand and supply in its domestic market, Pakistan is keenly interested in import of hydroelectricity from Tajikistan. The JEC would also discuss the early implementation of CASA 1000 project. The companies of State Engineering Corporation (SEC) have been supplying a wide range of engineering goods to a number of countries. The group has adequate potential to manufacture and supply engineering goods to Tajikistan as per international quality and standards. Moreover, State Engineering Corporation (SEC) and its companies can play an important role in the development of infra-structure of Tajikistan, especially in the fields of electricity transmission, distribution and construction industry. The services of State Engineering Corporation would be offered to Tajik side. The Joint Ministerial Commission would also examine ways to enhance interaction among businessmen and corporate sectors of the two countries. There is need for a fresh air service agreement to allow the commercial operators to commence operations. The JEC will explore the possibility of revised air service agreement between the two countries. Both sides would discuss various proposals of cooperation in the fields of bilateral trade, industrial joint ventures, Energy, Science & Technology, Combating against Narcotics / Drugs, Agriculture Livestock, Communications, Culture and Tourism.

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