Shahbaz-Raghwan meeting: Punjab govt, India to explore bilateral trade

Published: January 7, 2014
Indian High Commissioner TCA Raghavan meets CM Shahbaz Sharif. PHOTO: ONLINE

Indian High Commissioner TCA Raghavan meets CM Shahbaz Sharif. PHOTO: ONLINE


Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Indian High Commissioner TCA Raghwan have decided to devise a roadmap to explore opportunities of bilateral trade between Pakistan and India, The Express Tribune has learnt.

The two officials, who met on Monday, agreed that facilitating investors from both sides was a priority and that two high-level delegations of the Punjab government will visit India to explore trade opportunities this week.

Although the brief official handout did not give details of the meeting, sources said the modalities of expediting efforts of the business community were on top of the agenda.

Punjab Agriculture Minister Dr Farrukh Javed, Planning and Development Chairman Irfan Elahi and Punjab Investment Board Vice Chairman Syed Maratib Ali were also present at the meeting.

Dr Farrukah Javed, while talking with The Express Tribune, said that he will lead the delegation to seek India’s technological expertise in biomass projects, visit sites in order to introduce the technology in Punjab and sign contracts in India.

He said that his government had signed a Memorandum of Understanding to construct a biomass project that will generate 15 megawatts (MW) of electricity.

A second delegation will also accompany Javed and interact with their Indian counterparts in hydroelectric projects.

People privy to the meeting said that the Punjab chief minister and the Indian high commissioner agreed to extend their relations from collaborative expertise to trade and investment sectors.

Planning and Development Chairman Irfan Elahi and PIB VC Syed Maratib Ali will interact with the commerce ministry to devise mechanism on trade relations, sources said, adding that the meeting was a follow-up of Punjab chief minister’s earlier meeting with the Indian prime minister.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 7th, 2014.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Hmm
    Jan 7, 2014 - 10:48AM

    I request Punjab gov to convert Punjab a ecofriendly green economy than a mere agrarian economy and not to engage with a failed nation . Punjab has enough manpower and skill to do that in their state and help some other lagging states . Engaging with a failed nation won’t give any result.


  • Hemant
    Jan 7, 2014 - 2:26PM

    Pakistan is not a failed nation .


  • Jan 7, 2014 - 4:05PM

    CM Punjab has already undertaken an investment tour of India. One doe not know as to whether the Constitution of Pakistan allows a federating unit for such a pursuit without the consent of Federal government.


  • pahktunyar
    Jan 7, 2014 - 4:07PM

    so punjab itself is doing business with india freely, but preventing other provinces as well as afghanistan to do business with india. lol.Recommend

  • Jan 7, 2014 - 4:26PM

    Why don’t the Sharif brothers unite the two Punjabs and make Jaati Umra its capital? Maharaja Sharif junior can then succeed Maharaja Ranjit Singh.


  • hard work
    Jan 7, 2014 - 4:59PM

    CM hard work will started paying off soon


  • imran bhatt
    Jan 7, 2014 - 6:54PM

    All of Punjab dominant media would have gone berserk if CM of any other province would have visited or invited Indian officials for improving trade relationship between two countries. Same Punjab dominant media and politician accuse India for creating troubles in Balouchistan and KPK but eagerly promoting ties between Punjab and India.


  • PakLand!
    Jan 7, 2014 - 11:30PM

    It’s Punjab’s love & respect for India that Musharraf is being punished for even thinking of India as Enemy of Pakistan. Everytime PMLn comes into power they start to open Old love doors that brought last martial law! I hope this episode is not getting Gen Raheel alarmed too!

    By the way…did he ask the General or took him into confidence? Punjab asking whole Pakistan opinion is out of question.Recommend

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