A five-day Indo-Pak International Trade Expo will be organised here by the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry from March 6 to 10.
Rajiv Bali, chairman, Punjab PHD chamber of commerce committee, said, "The expo will provide an opportunity to the people of both the countries to come together, participate and take back the fresh and first-hand impressions of the people's perceptions on either side."
He said that people-to-people contact is must to bring in peace and harmony in Indo-Pak relations.
"There has been a significant increase in cross-border travel from India to Pakistan and vice versa in the recent past. It is likely to increase manifold," he added.
Bali said the trading communities on both sides of the border want to improve their relations and seek relaxation in undue restrictions for boosting bilateral trade. "We have definitely moved a long way in this direction", he said.
Dalip Sharma, director, PHD Chamber of Commerce, informed that according to a study released by Assocham, the opening up of the integrated check post at AttariWagah border and Pakistan's granting the most-favoured nation (MFN) status to India can increase the bilateral trade to $8 billion a year in the next two years from the current level of $2.6 billion.