KARACHI - It was surely a big and challenging task to bring exhibitors and business entities from across the region at one platform but the execution was marvellous and it is hoped that the same spirit may be maintained by Karachi Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KCCI) in future.This was stated by the Chief Minister of Sindh, Syed Qaim Ali Shah while addressing a group of delegates from Afghanistan, India and Indonesia which called on him at the CM House here on Thursday. The delegation was led by Mohammad Zubair Motiwala, President, Pakistan Afghanistan Joint Chamber of Commerce & Industry (PAJCCI) and Chairman Sindh Board of Investment (SBoI). The delegation was accompanied by the Directors of PAJCCI, President and Office Bearers of KCCI and Secretariat members of PAJCCI from both Karachi and Kabul.Qaim Ali Shah said that this was a good platform and would help further promote the bilateral trade between Pakistan and regionally linked countries. He further reinforced that effort of PAJCCI in such a short span of time especially in enhancing the trade links between the two countries is commendable. The first delegation of this Chamber has opened several avenues for the business community across the border and it is expected that both the countries would be able to enhance their trade volume through this platform.Speaking on the occasion, M. Zubair Motiwala briefed that vehement response of business community across the border towards membership launch of Pakistan Afghanistan Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PAJCCI) is an indication that bilateral relations may be strengthened significantly through this platform.The membership kiosk of PAJCCI at Expo Centre was also visited by Chief Minister during the inaugural ceremony held on July 13, 2012. The kiosk also received extremely remarkable response from the visitors and participants present at the event.Motiwala also referred to the opportunities available at the platform of Sindh Board of Investment (SBoI) which will be shared with the Afghan delegates later in the day during a presentation session organised by SBoI for the delegates. This will pave ways for joint ventures and common investment activities between the two neighbouring countries.Abdul Ehsan Mohmand, Executive Director, PAJCCI-Afghan Chapter reiterated that between the two nations where religion, culture and language are similar, the business partnerships are highly likely.He believed that in the sector of power and energy the joint investments will prove significantly instrumental. He expressed that 80pc of Afghan markets are supported by exports from Pakistan and further penetration will reinforce the bilateral ties. He further elaborated that the next delegate of PAJCCI that will arrive from Pakistan to Afghanistan will be welcomed in the same manner and they will be provided an excellent platform to represent their businesses in Afghanistan.He also assured that they will also arrange the call-on to President of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai when the delegation will visit them in upcoming October 2012.The Afghan delegation expressed pleasure on the support extended by PAJCCI-Pakistan and most importantly was impressed with the hospitality of Chief Minister, Qaim Ali Shah. Meanwhile, Sindh Chief Minister presented the traditional gifts of Ajrak and Sindhi cap to the members of the delegation.