The participation in the international trade fair in India will open new vistas of opportunities for Pakistan’s business community in India, said High Commissioner of Pakistan to India Salman Bashir.
Inaugurating the Pakistani pavilion at the 32nd Indian Internal Trade Fair (IITF) 2012 in New Delhi, Bashir said that there was a gradual and significant improvement in economic and trade relations between Pakistan and India although latter’s view and stance on certain political issues were quite clear.
According to a message received from New Delhi, the high commissioner said that 176 Pakistani stalls had been established in the fair and appreciated the Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) efforts for its cooperation in this respect.
He said that the fair had provided an opportunity to Pakistani entrepreneurs for exploring joint venture opportunities with their Indian counterparts. He said that Pakistan wanted to keep cordial and peaceful relations with all the countries, particularly its neighbours.
FPCCI Vice President Sheikh Shakeel Ahmed Dhingra appreciated the Indian government for extending full support and cooperation to Pakistani delegates. FPCCI President Haji Fazal Kadir Khan Sherani said that Pakistan’s cottage industry was small, but its home textile products were in great demand throughout the world, including India.
He expressed his gratitude and thanked the Indian Trade Promotion Organisation for issuing visas expeditiously to the Pakistani participants and delegates. He called for establishing bank branches in both the countries and simplifying/liberalising visa policy to facilitate exchange of business delegations and promotion of trade and industry.
The fair will continue till November 27.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 18th, 2012.
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