Taking cognidance of reports that hurdles still existed at the ICP (Integrated Check Posts) at Attari-Wagah which was not conducive to Indo-Pakistan trade, the co-chairman of Punjab Committee of the industrial body, PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, RS Sachdeva has expressed serious concern.
"If it is so, it may adversely affect trade," he said.
Notwithstanding reports that point to repeated 'conflicts' between Indian traders and the truck unions and 'coolies' (loaders) working at the ICP over rates of moving or transporting goods, the PHD Chamber has expressed its resolve to boost bilateral trade ties between India and Pakistan. The Chamber will continue to initiate dialogues with the business community of Pakistan and will continue its efforts of organising events like PHD-PITEX (PHD-Punjab International Trade Expo), in partnership with Punjab government.
"The PHD Chamber has been undertaking many initiatives aimed at confidence-building in trading communities on either side of the border since its maiden PITEX show in 2005 at Amritsar. This year we shall organise the 10th edition of PHD-PITEX on a larger scale," Sachdeva added in a statement.
The other events slated for the coming months for giving a boost to trade include the 3-day SAARC B2B Reverse Buyer Seller Meet (RBSM). Another initiative being undertaken to boost bilateral trade is the "Made in India" show in Islamabad in February, 2016.
PHD expects more than 200 industry delegates during the 3-day SAARC-RBSM conference.
Sachdeva said deliberations would be held to remove trade barriers for smoothening and enhancing the trade avenues in the region.
Elaborating on the "Made in India" show scheduled for next year, Sachdeva said, "Booming bilateral trade may well be the strongest pillar of Indo-Pak rapprochement."