The Commerce Division in its Import Policy Order of April 18, 2016 had restricted poultry and poultry products from Japan on account of Avian Influenza H5N1 strain. According to the Japanese embassy in Islamabad, Japan has declared to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) that it is totally free from HJPAI (highly pathogenic avian influenza) on April 15, 2018.
According to Japan embassy, the issue was technically examined by the livestock department of the Ministry of National Food Security and Research (MNFS&R) which has concluded that Japan can export poultry and poultry products to Pakistan, sources added. The Japanese embassy further stated that MNFS&R has requested Commerce Division through letter No.F.8.5/2015 (Japan)/IC-II on July 2, 2018 to issue an SRO of import policy for lifting of the restriction on the importation of poultry meat and poultry products from Japan. However, Commerce Division has not yet lifted restrictions on Japanese poultry and poultry products.
In September last year, Japan had expressed serious reservations against Pakistan for imposing a ban on the import of Ajinomoto salt, which may impact on its export to other countries.
According to an official statement, the issues pertaining to bilateral trade and investment were discussed. The options of technology up-gradation fund that could be used for up-gradation of textile machinery in Pakistan also came under discussion. Adviser to the Prime Minister on Commerce emphasized the need to improve the existing infrastructure of the fisheries sector of Pakistan including improvement of fish harbor at Karachi.
Both sides explored the option of establishing technology up-gradation fund that can be important in strengthening the manufacturing base of the country. The progress on the decisions of Pak-Japan Business Dialogue held in December 2018 in Japan was also reviewed. The modalities and agenda of the upcoming session of the business dialogue also came under discussion, the statement added.