India, Pakistan double bilateral trade in next three years, remove trade barriers to share economic prosperity

Lahore: Visiting Indian Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma says India and Pakistan will double bilateral trade in next three years, remove trade barriers to share economic prosperity and facilitate people to people exchange.

Sharma who arrived here Monday through Wagah border accompanied by Indian CEOs, officials were received by Commerce Minister, Makhdoom Amin Fahim. Sharma will hold talks with Fahim and address CEOs of Pakistan & India in Karachi & Islamabad.

“India is committed to taking economic and trade relationship with Pakistan to a new level. I have come to Pakistan with an open mind and to achieve substantial progress in our talks. We are working hard on opening the second gate and a Integrated Customers Post (ICP at Wagah – Attari border and hope to finish it by April 30.”

“The talks will help us in taking forward process of peace and trade. We will work towards deepening and diversifying the relationship,” Indian Minister told newsmen.

Without specifying, Sharma said they would talk on all key issues. He said Pakistan had taken some very positive steps and India was also putting in place certain big measures to break down barriers that have prevented growth of trade and denied economic prosperity to people of both countries.

“It is time for India and Pakistan to draw up a roadmap. We have commitments from both sides. We have been trading through third countries and time has come to engage in direct trade. We are committed to dismantling of all trade barriers,” he said.

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