A three-day India Show organised at Lahore got immense response from Pakistani industrialists, who expressed keenness to participate in the forthcoming India engineering Sourcing Show (IESS) at Mumbai from March 11 to 13.
“Ninety-eight stalls, showcasing consumers goods, gems and jewellry, products from tea and hospitality sector apart from a stall of EEPC with catalogues of engineering goods, were put up at the event.
A large number of entrepreneurs from Pakistan thronged the event organised from February 11 to 13,” senior assistant director of Engineering Export Promotion Council (EEPC), Opinder Singh told Hindustan Times.
A number of visitors enquired about the engineering sector, Singh said, adding that Pakistan’s commerce minister Makhdoom Amin Fahim visited EEPC stall along with the Lahore Chamber of Commerce president and had a brief interaction with EEPC representatives.
When traders requested him to add more engineering goods in the positive list of bilateral trade for free trade between the two sides, Fahim assured an early amendment after due discussions with his Indian counterpart.
The second day also saw good footfall and visitors were seen enquiring about engineering industry, Opinder added. On the concluding day, commerce, industry and textile minister Anand Sharma addressed businessmen in the conference hall, while his Pakistani counterpart addressed the Indian delegation.
Many Pakistani businessmen and industrialists showed interest in industries related to auto parts, agriculture equipment (tractors and spare parts) and renewable energy sources and power plants (solar and wind energy), said Opinder.
Tata Nano was the hot topic of discussion and some businessmen wanted to know if the dealership of the car can be allowed through the Wagah route, Singh said. He added that more than 300 trade inquiries were registered at the information booth set up at the India Show.
The IESS at Mumbai was also discussed and some industrialists showed interest in participating in the event for technology sharing.
The IESS to be organised by EEPC is likely to see participation from about 1,000 importers from all over the world.