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Pakistan, Tajikistan sign MoU for textile development

Pakistan and Tajikistan have inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for collaboration in textile development, in a bid to enhance friendly ties and to promote bilateral co-operation. The scope of the MoU extends to exchange of information on cotton, organising training programs, establishing joint enterprises, exchange of experts and trade delegations.

The National Textile University, Faisalabad, and Tajik Technological University would facilitate research in fiber development and textile related technologies. In order to boost trade between the two countries trade fairs, exhibitions and seminars would be conducted on a regular basis. Pakistan and Tajikistan are also concerned about the menace of narcotics, crossborder organized crimes, and human trafficking and have resolved to collectively fight these evils. The countries would expand mutual cooperation in diverse fields including energy, security, education, culture, and people-to-people exchanges. 

Bilateral trade between the two countries has grown significantly in recent years. Both countries attach great importance to the completion of the CASA-1000 project, which would enable Pakistan to import 1,000 MW of electricity from Tajikistan. Tajikistan is Pakistan’s closest neighbor in Central Asia. It is located at the confluence of South and Central Asia and is a gateway to the CIS region. Similarly, Pakistan offers the shortest possible sea route to Tajikistan and other countries in the region.