Border tension doesn’t affect business ties with Pak: Trade body chief

A group of members of Entrepreneurs’ Organisationof Lahore has come to Ludhiana for attending business meetings.

Written by Raakhi Jagga | Ludhiana | Updated: December 13, 2014 1:00:00 am
indo-pak-l Rajeev Garg, president of EO Punjab, said, “Our business is being done as normal and we hope it will increase in the coming years.”

AS A group of 13 members of Entrepreneurs’ Organisation (EO) of Lahore has come to Ludhiana for a three-day event apart from attending business meetings, industrialists of EO Punjab stated that tension at border had no impact on the business relations between Lahore and Ludhiana.

Rajeev Garg, president of EO Punjab, said, “Our business is being done as normal and we hope it will increase in the coming years.”
The industrialists from Pakistan have come with their spouses for the first time and they will be playing a friendly cricket match apart from participating in cookery contest and other fun games. Habib Anwar, a Terry Towel manufacturer of Lahore who is the chair of the event from EO Lahore side, has come with his wife Maham Habib. Habib said, “It will be fun to play cricket and other games apart from doing serious business talks. I had come earlier as well, but with spouses we have come for the first time. I am sure this experience will be memorable.”

Habib said that both countries had a great potential to increase trade in many sectors. However, he did not comment on diplomatic relations of both the countries.

Garg said yarn was already being exported to Lahore via Wagah border by Ludhiana industry which was being used in textile industry of Pakistan.

On the cricket match, the delegates said that they had practised enough for this match and were excited to be part of it. “It will be a match for the sake of fun, and victory or loss is immaterial,” said Habib. This is a first-of-its-kind effort when families have been invited by EO Punjab. Such meetings would continue in future as well, said delegates from both the countries. They would also be going to Haveli in Jalandhar to have a taste of Punjab’s culture.

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