Azerbaijan and Pakistan are working to prepare a Transit Trade Agreement and a Preferential Trade Agreement between the countries, which will help improve trade ties, Ambassador of Azerbaijan to Pakistan Khazar Farhadov said at a meeting with President of the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) Iftikhar Ahmed Sheikh, Report informs.

He also highlighted the exemption of rice imported from Pakistan from import customs duty until December 31, 2027, as per the Decision of the Cabinet of Ministers of Azerbaijan on November 22, 2022.

The ambassador stressed the importance of resuming LNG supplies by the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR) to Pakistan, along with mutual investments in energy and IT, which would contribute to the economies of both countries.

He noted that the volume of total trade transactions between the two countries exceeded $100 million in 2023, a significant increase from previous years.

Underscoring the need to improve linkages between the business communities of both countries, he said, “Without the private sector’s participation, we will never be possible to achieve what we are looking for.”

The envoy stressed that the private sector should be engaged in the Joint Working Groups, established at the seventh session of the Azerbaijan-Pakistan Intergovernmental Joint Commission in December 2021. These groups cover various fields and private entities should be invited to participate in achieving the desired level of trade and economic cooperation.