Pak Trade Team To Visit Next Month

New Delhi, May 22: | Updated: May 23 2003, 05:30am hrs
On the heels of the Pakistani parliamentarians visit to the country, a Pakistani trade delegation will arrive in the Capital on a two-day visit from June 27-28.

The two-day meet to be organised by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry will hold one-on-one business meetings to facilitate actual business deals.

The delegations visit has been finalised and Indo-Pak Chamber of Commerce and Industry president and senator Ilyas Ahmed Bilour will head the team of 40-60 members, Ficci sources said here on Thursday.

The trade delegation will also discuss macro-level trade issues, including unofficial trade and infrastructure problems, while looking into the reasons for low volumes of bilateral trade. While the Indo-Pak official trade is minuscule as of now, the volume of unofficial trade between the two nations is massive.

The Pakistan trade delegation will also make recommendations to the governments of both the countries for creating a conducive policy environment to promote business, said the Ficci sources.

There will be a mini-exhibition of key Indian products to give a feel of the potential to the delegation and to convince the governments of both the nations to lift the ban on several items, sources said, adding the Pak side will bring along catalogues and brochures to be put up at the trade show. Due to space constraint, the Pak delegation will not be able to showcase their machinery and other such big products, they said.

Earlier in the month, a massive delegation of the Pakistani parliamentarians was on a good-will visit to the country, and visited Mumbai and Bangalore, besides the Capital and other cities.