LAHORE: Pakistani textile millers, while showing their dissatisfaction over the current India-Pakistan visa policy for the business community, refused to visit Mumbai for India’s International Textile Machinery Exhibition (ITME) – world’s second largest textile technology exhibition.
The exhibition is scheduled to be held in Mumbai from December 2 to December 7, where over 800 exhibitors from leading textile manufacturing countries will participate to display textile technology. India will also offer its textile machinery for sale to Pakistani businessmen for the first time.
As an awareness campaign for Pakistani businessmen, who were in the textile business, a prelaunch show was conducted in Lahore by the organisers of INDIA ITME 2012 to educate the Pakistani textile millers about the exhibition.
The organisers briefed the Pakistani textile community that the exhibition will showcase six new products related to the industry and a special seminar focused on textile chemical sector was organised by the prestigious Department for Chemical Technology of the Institute of Chemical Technology, India. The machinery displayed will be available to Pakistani counterparts for purchase and further resale service for the machines will be available in Pakistan, the organisers informed.
Pakistani textile millers, which were several in number, showed the visa issue as the only concern in visiting Mumbai for the exhibition.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 27th, 2012.