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India Pakistan Trade: Changing Trends and Emerging Scenarios

Mar 28

05:00PM to 6:30PM

Auditorium SC-4, LUMS,Lahore

(Concept Note)

The recent announcement by Indian
Government regarding opening up of country’s foreign direct Investment (FDI)
regime for Pakistani investors comes at a time when trade normalization process
is progressing at an encouraging pace. The examples of India’s TATA group
showing interest in Pakistan’s energy sector and Pakistan’s Mansha group
showing interest in India’s banking sector shows that business community on
both sides has done the comprehensive home work towards exploring of their

In past however, trade was
treated as a matter always subservient to politics. This nature of bilateral
trade between India and Pakistan thus raises serious questions on the
sustainability of bilateral trade between the two neighbours. Will trade ever
be isolated from politics in the case of the two South Asian neighbours? Taking
it a step forward, could trade in fact be used as a catalyst for solving political
issues such as Kashmir and Siachen?

Keeping in view the above, the
consultation attempts to engage future potential stakeholders and discuss trade
issues concerning stakeholders at both side of the border. The consultation
would also feature sharing the findings of SDPI research studies on FDI
prospects between the two countries, non-tariff barriers in specific sectors,
and the size and nature of informal trade between the two economies.

Contact Person:

Muhammad Shoaib
Policy Advocacy and Outreach
Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI)
38, Old Embassy Road (Atta Turk Avenue), G-6/3,Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: (92-51) 227 8134, Ext: 197; Fax: (92-51) 227 8135
Cell: 00-92-333-5619988

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  • Mian Abuzar Shad, Vice President, Lahore Chamber of Commerce &
  • Mr. Muhammad Arshad Baig, Member, PLGMEA
  • Dr Tariq Bucha, President, Pakistan Farmers Association, Lahore
  • Huma Fakhar, Managing Director, MAP Services Group
  • Dr Vaqar Ahmed, Deputy Executive Director, SDPI
  • Saad Rajput, Economist, SDPI