PUNJAB Board of Investment and Trade (PBIT) will organise a “Conference on Pakistan-India Trade Potential” on April 4 in Lahore with a view to delve into implications of free trade with India.

Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, who is also chairman of the PVIT, will chair the conference.

PBIT Vice Chairman Dr Miftah Ismail emphasized that Punjab government attached a lot of importance to the consultative process between the stakeholders and the government for achieving a consensus on national issues that affected the interests of businesses in Punjab.

Moreover, the Punjab government wants its businesses to completely comprehend the aftermath of opening up of free trade with India.

“What are the implications for Pakistan with the opening up of our market to Indian exporters? Who will gain and who will lose from this trade? What can be done to take advantage from the opportunities that increased Pak-India trade will offer? These are some questions that need to be answered as we open up our market for Indian imports and hope to get access for our exports to India. We hope to answer these through this conference to which stakeholders from various segments of businesses in Punjab have also been invited,” said the PBIT vice chairman.

Federal Commerce Secretary Zafar Mehmood, Planning Commission Pakistan Deputy Chairman Nadeem-ul-Haq and State Bank of Pakistan former Governor Dr Ishrat Hussain as well as leading business leaders and top executives of various multinational companies throughout Pakistan will also participate in the conference.

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