Pakistan-India Joint Business Forum

High Commission for Pakistan New Delhi … No. 20/2014- August 08, 2014 Press Release “Pakistan wants a level-playing field for promoting and further strengthening trade ties with India. There is need to address concerns relating to market access, tariff and non-tariff barriers. At the same time, innovative proposals and ideas may also be explored which can help create economic inter-dependence between the two countries. Mutual economic dependence will boost confidence amongst the business communities and make economic cooperation sustainable.” This was stated by Mr. Abdul Basit, High Commissioner for Pakistan at the fourth meeting of the Pakistan-India Joint Business Forum (PIJBF), in New Delhi, today. The PIJBF comprising top business leaders of the two countries, 15 from each side, was established in 2013. Speaking at the plenary meeting of the Forum, the High Commissioner said that the meeting between the two Prime Ministers in New Delhi on 27 May was very positive where both the leaders agreed to move forward from confrontation to cooperation. He said we should seize this rare opportunity and leave a legacy of friendship and cooperation for our future generations. Talking about a meeting between the Foreign Secretaries of two countries scheduled for 25 August in Islamabad, the High Commissioner said Pakistan was looking forward to a meaningful and result-oriented dialogue process. Earlier, Mr. Sunil Kant Munjal and Syed Yawar Ali, Co-Chairmen of the Forum welcomed the participants at the start of the meeting. The Task Forces on Textiles, Agriculture, Auto-Engineering, Banking & Finance, Energy, SMEs and Connectivity and Visa Facilitation, which met separately, yesterday, presented their respective reports and recommendations for consideration of the Forum. The fifth meeting of the Committee will take place in Lahore later this year.