LAHORE - Country’s all major chambers on Tuesday announced to join hands with Indian businessmen for the success of the neighbouring country’s products exhibition to be held from next month in provincial capital, saying they would extend every possible help for the success of ‘India Show’.

With a view to harnessing the trade potential of the region, the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) in collaboration with the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI), Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) and Trade Development Authority, is organizing the second edition of "India Show" in Lahore from 14-16 February, 2014. This was stated by the President SAARC Chamber of Commerce Vikramjit Singh Sahney, FPCCI President Zubair Malik, LCCI President Engineer Sohail Lashari and Vice President SAARC Chamber of Commerce Iftikhar Ali Malik, FICCI Deputy Secretary General Ambika Sharma and Secretary TDAP Rabia Javeria Agha while addressing a joint press conference here at LCCI on Tuesday.

A large Indian business delegation led by Indian Commerce Minister and comprising 250 eminent businessmen and industry leaders will also be participating in the "India Show".  The delegation meets the purpose of ensuring continuous and increasing engagement between our business communities and exploring possibilities of expanding business relations with Pakistan. It is also an affirmation of FICCI's belief that increased trade and investments will go a long way in improving the relationship between India and Pakistan besides achieving the common goals of inclusive growth.

The three-day mega event also features a vintage car and motorbike drive from Amrtisar to Lahore and back and a cultural extravaganza.

The Pak-India trade and Industry leaders pledged to continue to work consistently towards establishing a strong foundation of India-Pakistan economic ties. The positive vibes will translate into a significant leap in transactions and flow of goods across the border.

Trade has already accelerated with the formal exchange of goods between India and Pakistan increasing from $250 million in 2003 to $2.4 billion in 2013, showing an annual growth rate of 25 per cent in the last 10 years. Experts quote the potential trade between the two nations to be as high as 10 times the current value.

The endeavour this time is to set new benchmarks of success guided by the theme of building partnerships through economic engagement to promote inclusive growth in the region.

 To serve this purpose, a strong presence of Indian industry has been ensured with more than 90 Indian companies representing sectors as diverse as textiles, transport, agriculture and allied services, healthcare, gems and jewellery, readymade garments, steel industry, warehousing, handlooms, construction equipments, jute products, wedding concepts, industrial paints and consumer durables.

The India Show in Pakistan offers manifold benefits to all stakeholders. It has the potential to expand trade networks between India and Pakistan, bringing down costs, generating employment and expanding regional trade. It offers a gateway to a huge potential market in the region, an opportunity for businesses on both sides to explore investment and joint-ventures and a valuable platform for forging business linkages in the region.

The LCCI President Engineer Sohail Lashari on the occasion announced to hold Made in Pakistan Show in New Delhi.

He said that it was the time to take practical steps to tap the potential in the region for the sake of progress and prosperity in this part of the world.