In­dia Show in Lahore

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The In­dia Show’ was held from Fe­bru­ary 11 to 13, 2012 at the Lahore Expo Cen­tre by the Fed­er­a­tion of In­dian Cham­bers of Com­merce and In­dus­try (FICCI) in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the In­dian Min­istry of Com­merce and In­dus­try and sup­ported by the Com­merce Min­istry of Pak­istan and the Lahore Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try (LCCI). The pur­pose of the event was to raise aware­ness of In­dian prod­ucts in Pak­istan. This was for the first time that In­dian ex­hibitors par­tic­i­pated in a sin­gle coun­try ex­hi­bi­tion of In­dian prod­ucts in Pak­istan. The event was sig­nif­i­cant in terms of the im­mi­nent thaw­ing of trade re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries and is ex­pected to open a new era of trade ties across the bor­der.

Makhdoom Amin Fahim, Pak­istan’s Min­is­ter of Com­merce, in­au­gu­rated the show where 58 In­dian com­pa­nies show­cased their prod­ucts rep­re­sent­ing var­i­ous seg­ments of the In­dian in­dus­trial sec­tor.

The gem and jew­ellery sec­tor was the lead­ing par­tic­i­pant as firms from this sec­tor brought nearly $25 mil­lion worth of gold and gems or­na­ments for dis­play. Jew­ellery and cloth­ing, in fact, lapped up good busi­ness or­ders from Pak­istani buy­ers.

Prod­ucts on dis­play ranged from man­u­fac­tur­ing goods, ser­vices, chem­i­cals, en­gi­neer­ing, tex­tiles and ap­parel, con­sumer durables, gems and jew­ellery, cos­met­ics, hand­i­crafts, auto com­po­nents, health­care, etc. There were sep­a­rate vis­it­ing hours for busi­ness and gen­eral vis­i­tors.

The Trade De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity of Pak­istan (TDAP) in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Lahore Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try (LCCI) or­ga­nized busi­ness-to-busi­ness meet­ings dur­ing the ex­hi­bi­tion.

FICCI also sup­ported the show, stress­ing on the need for de­vel­op­ing an en­vi­ron­ment of mu­tual co­op­er­a­tion and stressed on a col­lec­tive ef­fort to seize the new op­por­tu­ni­ties for trade. The sec­ond im­por­tant seg­ment of the In­dia Show was the CEOS Round­table which was at­tended by a large del­e­ga­tion of CEOS of In­dian com­pa­nies. Ac­cord­ing to Ir­fan Qaiser Sheikh, Pres­i­dent, LCCI, “The very ob­jec­tive of the CEOS Round­table is to bring the busi­ness­men of the two coun­tries closer.”

Hold­ing of the In­dia Show in Pak­istan is be­ing con­sid­ered as a strate­gic de­vel­op­ment in in­creas­ing the vol­ume of bi­lat­eral trade be­tween Pak­istan and In­dia. Kashif You­nis Me­her, Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent, LCCI, Saeeda Nazar, Vice Pres­i­dent, LCCI, Nina Maria Fite, US Con­sul Gen­eral in Lahore, Mian Mo­ham­mad Ashraf, for­mer LCCI Pres­i­dent, Ab­dul Ba­sit, for­mer Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent, LCCI, Aftab Ah­mad Vohra, for­mer Vice Pres­i­dent, LCCI, and a large num­ber of busi­ness­men at­tended the show.

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