Pak women delegation visits India to discuss trade
Lahore: A delegation of Pakistani women entrepreneurs is visiting India for a dialogue with their counterparts on boosting bilateral trade, removing barriers to commerce and easing the existing visa regime.
The 17-member delegation crossed over to India via the Wagah land border yesterday for a week-long visit.
The team, led by Samina Fazil, founder president of the Islamabad Women's Chamber of Commerce and Industry, will also explore opportunities in India.
India and Pakistan have made considerable progress since last year in normalising trade relations.
India recently lifted a bar on investments by Pakistani nationals and Islamabad has announced that it intends to give the neighbouring country Most Favoured Nation-status by the beginning of next year.
Apart from series of meetings, the delegation is scheduled to participate in expos and conferences, including a Global Conference on "Trade liberalisation and its global impact on women entrepreneurs" to be held in New Delhi during September 3-5.
Fazil said efforts were being made for the promotion of trade and economic activities and the establishment of peace between the two countries.
She said women entrepreneurs will gain exposure and access to capacity building opportunities.
"We will inform Indian businesswomen about the sentiments of Pakistani business community regarding giving MFN-status to India. We will present a good image of Pakistan," she said.