The week-long Lahore Shopping Festival (LSF) 2012, being organised by the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) and the Punjab government, will be inaugurated at the Polo Club in Race Course Park today (Sunday). The ceremony will include a polo match where MNA Hamza Shahbaz will be chief guest.
The festival consists of a series of events including a three-day expo, a polo tournament, a Qirat competition, a business plan competition for young entrepreneurs, a photography competition, a vintage car rally, a motorbike rally, a Punjabi cultural night, a job fair, a walk, a wrestling championship, a fashion show, a soft ball cricket tournament and an energy conference.
The energy conference will be held at the Royal Palm Golf and Country Club, where leading economic experts will highlight Punjab’s energy potential and ways to beat the current electricity shortfall.
The qualifying rounds for the Qirat competition have already been held and 20 of the 167 Qaris have qualified for the final, to be held on April 23.
LCCI President Irfan Qaiser Sheikh said that the Lahore Shopping Festival would not only expedite trade and business activities, but also highlight the soft image of the country and seek to bring investors back.
He said that the Expo Punjab 2012, the second of its kind, would be held at the Lahore Expo Centre from April 27 to April 29. Some 250 business groups would showcase their products at the expo. The energy conference would be held at the sidelines of the expo, he said.
“The expo will be ‘Made in Punjab’, in the true sense of the word,” he said, adding that Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif had pledged his full support and cooperation for the festival.
He said that foreign ambassadors would be invited to the events so they could tell businessmen in their countries about what they saw.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 22nd, 2012.
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