On December 30, 2020, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan signed a letter today for a joint approach with Afghanistan and Uzbekistan for asking international financial agencies to finance the railway that is envisioned to run from Pakistan to Uzbekistan through Afghanistan.
Primer Minister’s Special Advisor of Commerce and Investment, Mr. Abdul Razzak Dawood made an announcement on Twitter as he shared the news and explained that the project was vital for the nation’s vision for trade and connectivity with the Central Asian states.
Today the Prime Minister signed a letter for a joint approach with Afghanistan & Uzbekistan for asking international financial agencies to finance the railway from Pakistan to Uzbekistan through Afghanistan. This fits well with our vision for trade and connectivity through Afghanistan to the Central Asia Republics. Trade agreements with Afghanistan, currently under progress, will be followed by similar agreements with Uzbekistan. I hope to visit Uzbekistan in January 2021. Insha’Allah this will open doors for increase in our exports.Mr. Abdul Razzak Dawood
Already signed by the presidents of Afghanistan and Uzbekistan, the letter essentially seeks a $4.8 billion loan from the world’s financial institutions primarily World Bank for the purpose of completing the railway project.
The Prime Minister Imran Khan finally decided to sign the letter for Trilateral Railway Project after Federal Minister for Railways Mr. Azam Khan Swati and Mr. Dawood called on him on Wednesday and discussed about boosting trade and economic relations among the three countries and the region through rail network.
In meeting other plans were also discussed including possibility of a cargo train service that would bring in a new era of development for Pakistan and the other concerned countries.