INDO-PAK JSG: A GOOD BEGINNING
POSITIVE OUTCOME OF TWO-DAY TALKS FOR FUTURE ROADMAP
Date : 23 Feb 2005
Location : New Delhi
The First Meeting of the India-Pakistan Joint Study Group (JSG) on Trade and Economic Cooperation was held here on February 22-23, 2005. The meeting was inaugurated yesterday by Shri Kamal Nath, Minister for Commerce & Industry, Government of India. The talks were held in a cordial and constructive atmosphere. The Indian delegation was led by Shri S.N. Menon, Commerce Secretary, Government of India and the Pakistani delegation was led by Mr. Tasneem Noorani, Commerce Secretary, Government of Pakistan.
According to a Joint Statement issued simultaneously here and in Islamabad this afternoon, the Joint Study Group had detailed discussions on promotion of trade and economic cooperation for the mutual benefit of both countries. The JSG constituted two Working / Sub-Groups on Customs Cooperation & Trade Facilitation and Non-Tariff Barriers (NTBs). The Terms of Reference (TOR) for the Sub-Groups were mutually agreed upon. The two sides identified issues relating to bilateral trade and deliberated upon the future roadmap in order to enhance trade and economic cooperation. It was also decided to hold the Second Meeting of the JSG on mutually agreed dates. The recommendations of the JSG would be submitted to the respective Governments for consideration under the framework of the Composite Dialogue between India and Pakistan.