Afghanistan – Pakistan Trade: Emerging Trends and Challenges
Duration: May 2013 to October 2013
Locale: Peshawar, Karachi, Islamabad, Rawalpindi
Team Members: Dr. Vaqar Ahmad
In order to assess the development and potential of trade between Afghanistan and Pakistan, a study has been initiated on Afghanistan-Pakistan Trade: Emerging Trends and Challenges. The study identified the key sectors available to Pakistani investors there, areas of possible joint ventures and highlighted the barriers regarding investment in Afghanistan.
In the course of study, it was found that there is limited information and data available on formal trade. To understand the status of trade both formal and informal discussions were held with traders and key government officials. Official statistics were provided by the Ministry of Commerce (MoC) and Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) to address the issue relating to Pakistan-Afghanistan trade, both formally and informally, such as transport logistics and costs, payment mechanism and procedural difficulties.
- Firm level survey
- Discussion with traders and key informant interviews
- Seminar on Afghanistan-Pakistan Trade