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Pak-US FTA to be finalized soon: Humayun Akhtar

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Pak-US FTA to be finalized soon: Humayun Akhtar

8 March 2006

KARACHI, March 08(Online): Commerce minister Humayun Akhtar Khan has assured that series of talks are underway and agreement between Pakistan and United States would soon be finalized to initiate free trade between the two countries.

Humayun Akhtar expressed these views in his brief chat with media-people after presiding over the steering committee meeting "Expo Pakistan 2006" held here Tuesday.

He said that hectic efforts were on with regard of Expo Pakistan and the arrangements had entered into final phases. He informed that 1778 buyers from various countries so far ensured their participation in the exhibition.

Over 210 foreign companies’ buyers, he said had confirmed their participation. Arrangements to accommodate foreign guests had been finalized, he said adding that directives had been issued to expedite efforts to attract regional buyers.

He issued special directives with regard of buyers arrival from India and Sri Lanka adding that NADRA services were also hired to facilitate foreign dignitaries participating in the exhibition.

He informed that the exhibition would cost upto 148 million rupees adding that talks were on with different trade and commerce associations of various countries to ink accords.

Earlier, state minister for commerce Hamid Yar Hiraj, provincial minister for industries Adil Saddique, president Habib Bank Zakir Mahmood and others participated in the steering committee meeting.