Business delegations from Pakistan will be attending the biennial ‘Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit’, for the first time since 2013. The summit is scheduled to be held this time from 18-20 January, 2019.
52 delegations representing commerce and trade bodies from various countries have confirmed their participation for the Global Conclave of International Chambers, which is one of the events at the summit. There will be at least seven delegations from different regions of Pakistan who are expected to take part, making it the largest contingent ever from the country at the summit.
The last time a Pakistani delegation arrived for the summit was in 2013, however, with bilateral tensions getting tense, following the killing of two Indian soldiers in a ceasefire violation at the Mendhar sector of J&K’s Poonch on 8th January 2013, the delegation left without attending the main summit on 12-13 January in the same year.
The state government had then cited visa clearances as the main reason for their early departure, clarifying that most members had visas only for Ahmedabad while the main event was held in Gandhinagar.
D Thara, vice-chairperson and managing director of Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC), confirmed to reporters that Pakistan was indeed one of the countries from where representatives of trade chambers have been invited.
All delegations will be given about 20 minutes for a presentation about themselves and their views on facilitating world trade. They will also be provided opportunities to sign MoUs (Memorandum of Understanding) with other chambers, private enterprises and government agencies.
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