2-day India-Pak trade conference concludes in Amritsar

SRINAGAR: The Centre for Dialogue and Reconciliation or CDR, a New Delhi-based organization, which has been organizing India-Pakistan ‘Track II’ dialogues for several years, on Saturday concluded an India-Pakistan Trade conference in Amritsar.
Among the 30 participants in the two-day conference were Indian and Pakistani traders, members of the AWAC Committee and representatives of trade bodies from Jammu and Kashmir.
“This was the first such meeting to be held among the traders of both countries who are actually involved in trading across the Attari-Wagah border,” a CDR representative said in a statement to Kashmir Reader.
The participants discussed the practical problems they face on the ground level. They had an opportunity to discuss these problems during the conference among themselves as well as with the customs officials working at Attari, the statement said.
“The officials were able to clarify many issues and government policies. The officials also promised to take up some of the issues that were raised, in the next meeting with their Pakistani counterparts to find solutions to problems faced by the traders,” it said.
The participants have worked on a set of recommendations which also include working with the trade organizations on both sides of the Line of Control and help them with the problems they face. These recommendations would be sent to the relevant ministries in the governments of India and Pakistan.
Participants plan to meet again after three months to review the progress, the statement added.