LAHORE, April 29: More than 0.2 million people from various walks of life visited a wide range of 200 stalls during the three-day Second Lahore Shopping Exhibition, a core segment of a week-long Lahore Shopping Festival, at Expo Centre, Johar Town.

Visitors to the expo included politicians, bureaucrats, businessmen, businesswomen and young entrepreneurs, a spokesman of the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), the LSF’s organiser, said in a statement after conclusion of a series of LSF activities here on Sunday.

The festival was a joint initiative of the Punjab government and the LCCI. “The big success of the LSF makes the point that the private sector has both the ability and the potential to bring the country out of economic mire.

Though the visitors showed keen interest in all the products put on display at the exhibition, the Indonesian, Jordanian, Indian and Czech Republic products were of great
attraction for the visitors,” he said.

The spokesman said LCCI President Irfan Qaiser Sheikh, Senior Vice-President Kashif Younis Meher, Vice-President Saeeda Nazar and LSF Convener Sheikh Mohammad Arshad addressed the concluding ceremony.

Chamber President Irfan Qaiser Sheikh said the LSF was aimed at promoting economic activities in Punjab and the LCCI achieved the goal in a winsome manner.

He said the response of the Lahorites was marvelous. He said the LCCI would continue to arrange such events and would play its best role to get economy back on rail. He also paid rich tributes to the sponsors for making the event successful.

Mr Sheikh said the festival was designed to ensure the participation of all segments of society. He said the LSF was started with a Qiraat competition where ulema were the judges and a large number of professional and non-professional Qaris took part in it.

The second event was a polo match which ensured the participation of sportsmen. The third activity was a cricket tournament among all the teams of the leading trade and industrial associations of the city.

He said a large number of cricket lovers watched this two-day gala and it was appreciated by all. The tournament was won by the team of Pakistan Hardware and Merchants
Association beating the Shah Alam Market players in a tough and interesting competition.

He said the first of its kind and unique photography competition with the theme `Morning in Lahore’ provided an opportunity to the photography student to show their skills.

It was such a successful function that as many as 300 students belonging to all the leading institutions of the town took part in it.

He said the very objective of the Business Plan Competition was to sharpen the entrepreneurial skills of the students and almost all the government and private universities took
part in it that continued for almost half of the day.

The LCCI president said the Business Walk, Vintage Car and Motorcycle rallies, wrestling and Job Fair were designed to involve the remaining segments of society while the Fashion Show and the Punjab Cultural Night were aimed at highlighting the culture of this part of the country.

About the three-day Second Expo, the LCCI president said it had not only created a business of millions of rupees but also brought into limelight the real potential of the country.

At the end, a Cultural Show was held which was appreciated by the participants of the exhibition.

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