On 10th March, the Prime Minister’s advisor and economist Mirza Ikhtiar Baig spoke of the potential for bilateral economic cooperation between Pakistan and Tajikistan. He maintained that Tajikistan is a hub for exporting goods to central Asia without duty. He said that Tajikistan generates surplus hydel power and it is willing to transmit electricity to Afghanistan in the first phase and later to Pakistan.
President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon said his country was ready to extend all cooperation for setting up power plants in Pakistan.
Talking to Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, President Rahmon said Tajikistan could establish a 600MW hydel plant straightaway and another plant of 220MW later.
He said in view of his talks in Pakistan and the longstanding demand of the business communities of the two countries, Tajikistan would soon set up its consulate general in Karachi.
Mr Rahmon said he had discussed with local businessmen the problems faced by them regarding efforts to promote trade between Tajikistan and Pakistan. He said the two countries should try to enhance cooperation in the agriculture sector, particularly in the area of livestock.