KARACHI: High Commissioner of India to Pakistan, Dr. T.C.A Raghavan here Friday said India and Pakistan’s economic relationship has improved with more interaction at different levels since 2012 and both countries have come close to each other as normal trade partners.
Speaking at meeting with members of Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) at the Federation House, the Indian High Commissioner stressed the need to focus on improving trade infrastructure and removing tariff and non-tariff barriers on both sides for promoting the bilateral trade.
There are issues of market access and trade barriers which can be resolved with joint initiatives, he added.
He acknowledged the leading role being played by FPCCI in promoting trade with other countries including India besides within country trade and industrial activities.
About Indian visa policy, Raghavan assured that High Commission of India was trying its best to expeditiously issue visas and facilitate Pakistani businessmen.
He agreed that bonafide businesspersons’ visa cases be treated separately on both sides and the visas be issued on priority to ensure more interaction between the two business communities for more trade.
He also advised Pakistani business community that after thoroughly reviewing the requirements, they should apply for multiple entry visa valid for many cities so that they could comfortably move to meet Indian businessmen.
He also assured that Pakistani people who have medical urgency would be issued visas within 24 hours, when his attention was drawn to delay in such cases.
Commercial Counsellor, High Commission of India, Rajesh Kumar Agnihotri and the First Secretary at the High Commission accompanied him.