LAHORE: The second three-day India Show in Pakistan concluded without any formal ceremony at the Expo Centre on Sunday.
A large number of people thronged the event, which was especially crowded over the weekend. Women, children and traders took keen interest in the Indian products displayed on site, while productive interaction between buyers and sellers was also seen. The first batch of Indian trade delegates has started departing the host country, stating the show a successful event and hope to enhance business interactions between the trade communities of both sides in the future.
The delegates appreciated the efforts of the government of Pakistan, especially Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP), for their excellent management and warm hospitality.
TDAP played a pivotal role during the whole event, arranging more than 50 business-to-business (B2B) meetings of the Indian trade delegates with renowned Pakistani businessmen, trade associations, chambers and exporters; from agro food, textile, engineering, gems and jewellery, services, marble, health and the beauty care sectors. In Lahore alone, over 450 business meetings were organised.
The Coffee Board of India, Tea Board of India, Spices Board of India and Sachirom from Agro Food sector expect 30 to 40 business deals in the near future.
The Coffee Board of India was a huge success in terms of attracting 50 potential buyers and making important business deals with Star Foods and The Food Company.
Raymond, Frontier Raas and Absolute Man from textile sector have also reached successful business interactions and business deals worth millions of dollars.
Laxmi Jewellers are interested in opening retail outlets in Lahore. Punjab Jewellers are also looking into joint ventures with Pakistani stake holders. Su-kam, DS Group and Thermax explored the engineering sector of Pakistan, while Blossom Aroma, Bajaj Almond Drops and Sage Herbal from health and beauty sector observed the Pakistani cosmetic market through business dealings.
Earlier on Saturday, TDAP had arranged call-on meetings of high level FICCI delegation with the governor and chief minister of Punjab. Besides this, the federal minister for commerce and textile hosted a lunch for Indian delegates and prominent government, trade and chamber officials.
TDAP also facilitated more than 400 Indian members at Wagha, airport, local hotel and at Expo Centre, Lahore as well as in Karachi. Media delegates from India also visited different sites of Lahore, including Shahi Fort, Fortress Stadium and Liberty Market and appreciated the enriched culture and vibrant outlook of Lahore city. They also commended the beautifully decorated Expo Centre for the India Show.
The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) thanked TDAP Secretary Rabia Javeria Agha and her team for professionally handling the event and making it a success.
The TDAP team said that the business interactions will boost trade links and the trade shows and delegations exchange will build up the opportunity of bilateral trade between Pakistan and India.
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