Pakistan, Turkey sign 13 documents to boost trade ties

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Turkey on Friday signed 13 documents of cooperation, including agreements, protocols and memorandums of understanding, to boost bilateral ties in the fields of trade, tourism, defence and infrastructure development.

The documents of cooperation were signed in a ceremony held at the PM House, following the one-on-one meeting between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Besides signing a strategic economic framework, the two countries signed a bilateral agreement on military training cooperation. The signatories included Defence Minister Pervez Khattak and Turkish National Defence Minister Hulusi Akar.

Meanwhile, National University of Science and Technology of Pakistan Rector Lt Gen (r) Naweed Zaman and Turkish Aerospace Industries CEO Tamel Kotli signed an MoU for cooperation between their respective institutions.

An implementation programme of an MoU between Turkish Standard Institutions (TSE) and Pakistan Standard and Quality Control Authority (PSQCA) in the field of standardization, conformity assessment, meteorology and training was also signed by PSQCA Director General Abdul Aleem Memon and TSE President Dr Adem Sahin.

Moreover, an MoU was signed between the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and the Turkish Ministry of Culture, Tourism on Cooperation in Diaspora Policy. The accord was inked by Secretary Overseas Pakistanis Amir Hassan and Presidency for Turks Abroad and Related Communities President Abdullah Eren.

In order to enhance media and cultural cooperation, a cooperation protocol between Turkish Radio Television Corporation (TRT) and Pakistan Television (PTV) was signed by PTV Managing Director Amer Manzoor and TRT DG Ibrahim Eren.

Similarly, another such protocol was also signed by Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation DG Samina Waqar and TRT DG to enhance cooperation and share expertise in the field of radio.

Furthermore, Pakistan and Turkey signed an agreement to strengthen cooperation for development of tourism. The signatories of this agreement included Inter-Provincial Coordination Minister Dr Fehmida Mirza and Turkish Culture and Tourism Deputy Minister Dr Serdar CAM.

An MoU was signed by Science and Technology Minister Chaudhry Fawad Hussain and Turkish Trade Minister Ruhsar Pekcan for cooperation in the field of halal accreditation between the two countries.

The Turkish trade minister and Finance Adviser Abdul Hafeez Sheikh signed an MoU between Turkish Trade Ministry and Federal Board of Revenue on trade facilitation and custom cooperation.

Communication Minister Murad Saeed and Turkish Transport and Infrastructure Minister Mehmet Cahit Turan signed an MoU for cooperation between Pakistan Post and Turkish Post.

Similarly, another MoU was signed by Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed and Turkish Transport and Infrastructure Minister to increase cooperation in the field of railways.

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