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The 2nd Aman ki Asha Indo-Pak Economic Conference concluded on a very promising note in Lahore this week. The conference, a joint initiative of the Jang Group, Pakistan and the Times of India, in collaboration with Pakistani and Indian business associations, brought India’s top industrialists to Pakistan for the first time as a group. The presence of leading businessmen is important – it underlines the significance the community attaches to peace and normalization of relations between the two countries. Several areas were discussed, including the exchange of healthcare services, energy, chemicals and mobile technology for development. Dr Ishrat Husain, former governor of the State Bank of Pakistan, noted that India’s domestic market comprises 300 million people – if Pakistani entrepreneurs get even 1% of the market, it would mean 3 million additional clients – a considerable amount, given that Pakistan’s domestic market is 30 million. In the same vein, Rahul Bajaj, Chariman of Bajaj Auto Limited said that Pakistan's business community should not worry that their business would be adversely affected. He cited India's own experience when it opened up to much greater trade in 1991. Many businesses were apprehensive of losses, but these proved unfounded as freer trade helped Indian companies promote their businesses on a vast scale. Additionally, the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan Chairman, Muhammad Ali, said that the Karachi Stock Exchange and the Mumbai Stock Exchange are going to sign an agreement for cross-border listing of the capital market scrips within a month. Clearly, there are many positive forces that are working hard to grab the opportunity at hand and build a relationship of mutual trust.