Amritsar:Even as ties between India and Pakistan are going through tremulous phase, the trade between two countries has remained unaffected. While the vegetables from India are finding its way to Pakistan, the cement and dry fruits from Islamabad has been witnessing a surge in last one year.
The Punjab government is also trying to play its role in enhancing the export from Indian Punjab to Pakistani Punjab, especially after the Amarinder Singh government was sworn in as he had always been batting for the friendly ties between the two neighbouring countries.
Punjab government led by captain Amarinder Singh is preparing a plan to export potato, tomato, onion, garlic, ginger etc to Central Asia through Wagha border, said the sources.
The traders are of the view that the rising demand of Indian vegetables in the Pakistani market is a good sign. “The rise in trade will definitely boost the economy of two countries. There are problems of distrust and political uncertainty but we hope that the economy will determine the ties and both the nations will realise the importance of cooperation’’, said former Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) Chairman, Gunbir Singh.
Singh added that Punjab will benefit with increase in Indo-Pak trade and will generate more employment opportunities for the people.
“The cement from Pakistan is in great demand and so are the medical equipments. `It is a good sign that Indo-Pak trade did not bore the brunt of extreme relations. The tourism and medical tourism is another area where two nations can benefit’’, Singh said.
Singh also advocated that integrated marketing organization should be set up to look in to all aspects of marketing, including quality of production, branding, image building and selling of all products being manufactured by different cooperative organizations.
He underlined the need to introduce professionalism in the management and policy changes to bring more efficiency in order to provide quality service to the producers so that the exports are faciliatetd.