United States to Soften Travel Advisory for Pakistan – Abdul Razak Dawood
- The United States has accepted Pakistan’s demand to revise its travel advisory.
- Investment in Pakistan will increase with the softening of the travel advisory.
- Six US delegations will visit Pakistan in the next five months and hold a meeting on the Trade Investment Framework Agreement.
Abdul Razak Dawood, the adviser to Prime Minister has expressed optimism that the United States would soon soften its travel advisory for Pakistan.
While talking to media, PM adviser said that the US had imposed a travel advisory on Pakistan, which was hurting the economy. He stated:
“I’ve discussed this matter with my counterpart in the US and he has assured that the US government will look into the matter. I’ve learned that the US is going to be soft on this issue.”
The adviser said that if the United States ends the travel advisory for Pakistan, investments in the latter would increase manifolds.
He said that the government has urged the US businessmen to make investments in Pakistan, especially in food technology, as there were vast opportunities in this sector.
He further revealed that Pakistan and the US also agreed to call a meeting of the Trade Investment Framework Agreement Council this year.
“Pakistan requested the US to give it market access for the textile and leather sector, as they are not included in the GSP offered by the US,” he said.
PM adviser further stated:
“The US is interested in exporting cotton, meat, and soybean, besides making investments in the gas and electricity sector of Pakistan.”
The adviser said that US President Donald Trump had expressed his desire to increase the volume of trade with Pakistan and we agreed to enhance our trade ties.
“Pakistan hasn’t asked for aid but requested the US to increase trade and bilateral relations with Pakistan,” he maintained.
Currently, both the countries have more than $6 billion worth bilateral trade. Pakistan’s export to the US was $3.8 billion and America’s export to Pakistan was $2.9 billion.
In the next five months, six US delegations would visit Pakistan and the government is optimistic in this regard. PM adviser said that the government is moving in the right direction and the officials are working under the supervision of Prime Minister Imran Khan.