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HLSCC meeting: Pakistan and Turkey working to sign several agreements

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Turkey are expected to sign a number of new agreements at a meeting of the High-Level Strategic Cooperation Council (HLSCC) which will be co-chaired by the Pakistani Prime Minister and the Turkish President, informed sources have said company registrar.

The dates for the HLSCC meeting are being finalized by the two countries.

In this regard, an inter-ministerial meeting was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to discuss the preparation for the meeting. Different ministries shared the following during the meeting: (i) updated status vis-à-vis MoUs ready to be signed (regarding finalization of codal formalities; (ii) updated status updated MoUs/agreements under consideration; (iii) approved minutes of JWG meetings; and (iv) new proposal(s), if any.

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The following draft agreements, the text of which has been approved by both parties, are as follows: (i) cooperation agreement in the field of water. The final agreement of the two parties on the draft text has been received; (ii) draft cooperation protocol in the area of ​​public debt management. Draft text approved by both parties and ready to be signed; (iii) protocol on training and cooperation in the field of military health.

The Turkish side approved the revised draft sent by Pakistan. The final agreement from the Pakistani side is provided; (iv) technical cooperation protocol between the Ministry of Treasury and Finance and its Pakistani counterpart (Credit Guarantee Company). Pakistan and Turkey announced their readiness to sign the draft protocol on April 28, 2021 and July 12, 2021, respectively; (v) Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Environment, Urbanization and Climate Change of Turkey and the Ministry of Housing of Pakistan on cooperation in the field of housing. Approval from Pakistan side shared with MoFA on June 8, 2021. (GAGY) On Pakistan side, Cabinet approval was received on April 8, 2022.

The final agreement of the Turkish side can be shared; (vi) Memorandum of Understanding between the Strategy and Budget Presidency of Turkey and the Public-Private Partnership Authority of Pakistan. This was agreed by both parties during a virtual meeting held on June 15, 2021.

The Turkish side officially confirmed on July 7, 2021. Both parties are ready to sign this MoU; (vii) protocol amending the agreement between Turkey and Pakistan on cooperation in the field of hydrocarbons. The Pakistani side accepted the rearranged addendum (proposed by the Turkish side).

The same was forwarded to the Turkish side on November 8, 2021. After the rearranged addendum, the Turkish side can share the final draft of the protocol with the final approval; (viii) Framework for Knowledge Sharing Program” between Pakistan and Turkey. Approval from the Turkish side received on July 07, 2021; (ix) Memorandum of Understanding on Technical Cooperation in Highways and Engineering between the Ministry of Transport of Turkey and the Ministry of Communications of Pakistan. The Pakistani side has completed all codal formalities and Federal Cabinet approval, the MoU is ready for signing by the Pakistani side.

Copy of finalized Memorandum of Understanding shared with MoFA on November 2, 2021; (x) Memorandum of Understanding between the Export Credit Bank of Turkey and the Export-Import Bank of Pakistan. One of 6 MoUs negotiated under the JWG on Banking and Finance. Approval from the Pakistani side is being processed. The final agreement of the Turkish side can also be shared.

According to the sources, ten MoUs/proposed agreements are pending with the Turkish side, some of which are: (i) draft MoU between Pakistan and Turkey on enhancing maritime cooperation and l exchange of information between Pakistan Maritime Safety Agency (PMSA) and Turkey. Coast Guard (TURCG); (ii) Currency Swap Agreement (CSA) between the central banks of the two countries; (iii) Draft Memorandum of Understanding between the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) and the relevant Turkish authority for cooperation in the peaceful use of nuclear science and technology under the auspices of the IAEA ; (iv) Draft Memorandum of Understanding between Pakistan Nuclear Regulatory Authority (PNRA) and Turkish Nuclear Regulatory Authority (TNRA) on Information Exchange and Cooperation in Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection facilitated by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA); (v) draft Memorandum of Understanding on technical cooperation in the field of health and pharmaceuticals between the Ministry of Health of the Turkish Government and the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination; (vi) Logistics cooperation between the Governments of Pakistan and Turkey in the military fields of training, technology and science; and (vii) cooperation in e-commerce under the Memorandum of Understanding signed between Pakistan Post and Turkey Post.

Some ongoing pacts with Pakistan are: (i) Educational Cooperation Project between the Government of the Republic of Turkey and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan (proposed by the Turkish side for schools assisted by the embassy); (ii) Memorandum of Understanding on Consumer Protection and Market Surveillance between Turkey and Pakistan. The MoFA sent the MoU to the Competition Commission of Pakistan on March 11, 2022. The same MoU was shared with the Ministry of Finance on March 29, 2021. A reminder was sent on April 19, 2022 at Ministry of Finance Pending on Pakistani side; (iii) Air Services Agreement between Pakistan and Turkey.

The views of the Turkish side on the draft proposed by Pakistan were shared with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan on February 18, 2021, the Aviation Division on November 10, 2021 informed that the Division is in the process of to review the agreement with all countries and that Pakistan’s standard ASA draft is under review. which would be shared with MoFA upon finalization; (iv) Protocol between Pakistan and Turkey regarding the exchange of information in the fight against international terrorism and organized crime. The MoFA of Pakistan sent the revised draft to the Ministry of Home Affairs of Pakistan on June 30, 2020 with a reminder sent on February 03, 2021, response awaited; (v) Memorandum of Understanding between National Institute of Banking and Finance (Guarantee) Limited (NIBAF), Pakistan and Central Bank of Istanbul Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey; (vi) Draft Memorandum of Understanding on Establishment of Legal Metrology Infrastructure, shared by the Ministry of Science and Technology of Pakistan for collaboration between Tubitak National Institute of Metrology (UME) and the National Physics and Standards Laboratory (NPSL). Revised draft received from Turkish side and shared with Pakistan MoFA on July 12, 2021.

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