the meeting between commerce secretaries of Pakistan and India, India has agreed
to Pakistan''s request to speed up the formalities for the certification of Pakistani
cement as a measure to boost bilateral trade between the two neighbours.
will now make changes in regulation to accept third-party certification for cement
imports to India to its meet domestic requirements, but shipments are sometimes
delayed due to the quality certification procedure of the Bureau of Indian standards.
India will set up a task force to address Pakistani complaint of rules on quality
standards acting as a deterrant to exports from Pakistan.
two countries also agreed to set up a technical committee and jointly file application
for geographical indication on the ''super'' variety of hybrid strain Basmati rice
to end the dispute over sale of the rice variety in international markets, particularly
Europe, where India''s rice exports have gained at the cost of Pakistan''s exports.
The two neighbours
have also decided to allow banks from the two countries to open two
branches in each other''s countries. Applications for branch licences would be
processed by 31 December this year or within six months.
also presented Pakistan a list of 484 items to be included in the positive list
of products allowed to be traded with the country.