India Show in Lahore
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.