There might be a border separating the people but Pakistan and India share similar culture and language and especially, the same taste in jewellery.
This was said by Sanjay Kothari, The Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council India’s vice-chairperson, at the press conference with the Pakistan Gems and Jewellery Development Company (PGJDC) chairperson, Senator Semeen Siddiqui, on Sunday.
The PGJDC organised a grand jewellery and gems exhibition for the first time in Pakistan’s history from June 7 to 10 in Karachi. The event’s aim was to highlight the country’s rich resources through its gems and jewelry so that international buyers could be introduced to the Pakistani market.
According to Siddiqui, around 55 foreign buyers and delegates attended the event, including those from India, UAE, UK, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong, Germany and France.
“The Indian jewellery market is quite big and the Pakistan business community looks forward to continuing good ties with the neighbouring country,” said Siddiqui.
“There are no security issues as portrayed by some elements. We travelled around without any troubles and are happy to be there,” said Kothari.
“We do not have as many natural resources as found in Pakistan but we’ve done a lot to expand our revenue in the last 40 years,” said Kothari.
The chairperson added that around 30 Pakistani delegates would participate in the jewellery event in India this August.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 11th, 2012.
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