Rail, Road links needed among South, Southwest Asian countries

Atari Jn (ATT): After attending the regional conference in Pakistan, on strengthening transport connectivity and trade facilitation in south and southwest Asia, returning participants suggested connecting railways and high links among countries falling in the region for promotion of trade and economic prosperity.

Director of United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), Nagesh Kumar, who returned from Pakistan via Attari border along with other delegates, said that their objective was to improve the transport connectivity between the countries of south and southwest Asia.

Informing that Pakistan’s railway and commerce minister also addressed the conference, he said, “Everyone reached the consensus that there was a dire need to improve transport connectivity and also to work together for the objective.”

He further informed that the UNESCAP had been asked to prepare a master plan for the project. “We will work on the project soon and submit our proposals to the governments of all countries in the region,” he said.

Meanwhile, a delegation of traders also arrived from Pakistan to interact with their Indian counterparts at Ludhiana on Saturday.  Tariq Bucha, co-Chairman, task force on agriculture in Pakistan, said, “We are here to see the development in the agriculture sector in the Indian Punjab. We will be visiting farms and the agriculture university in Ludhiana, and are hopeful of exchanging knowledge and students between two nations.” He said there were certain issues like regulatory measures, which were to be resolved for promoting trading ties, while adding that there was huge potential in trade between India and Pakistan.