11:00 am to 1:00 pm
SDPI sub office
- Mr. Tridivesh Sing Maini, Writer and Columnist, New Delhi, India
- Mr. Tahir Dhindsa, Head Sustaianble Development TV, SDPI
Inspite of multiple road blocs, India and Pakistan have made some significant progress in the sphere of trade, especially since April 2011. The last three years have witnessed some crucial developments such as the inauguration of the Integrated Check Post at Wagah-Attari in 2012, increase in bilateral trade via this route, at least in percentage terms, a gradual movement towards NDMA status for India and the chorus for opening up other land routes such as Munabao-Khokhrapar as well as Hussainiwala-Kasur.
With a change of guard in New Delhi, some believe that the Modi government will encourage more trade and commerce between the two countries, while others are of the opinion that the government will focus more on countries in SAARC as well as South Asia. There are important political factors which will influence the economic relationship between both countries, and the presentation will seek to examine them. This includes the role of business lobbies and governments of bordering regions, political relations between the two countries and last but not least domestic politics of both countries.
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