Pakistani women entrepreneurs advocate more bilateral trade with India

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New Delhi, Mar 12(ANI): Visiting women entrepreneurs from Pakistan on Friday called for strengthening of trade and commerce with India.

This was expressed by the delegation after they met the members of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry's Ladies Organisation (FLO) in the national capital.

The delegation from Pakistan under the banner of Women's Chamber of Commerce and Industry (WCCI) was led by fashion designer, Faizaa Samee.

Samee said that individual efforts need to be lent a fillip rather than blaming the governments of India and Pakistan for the bottlenecks.

"I think we really need to find out what is the right procedure that can take place. It is not just the governments that are to be blamed but it is also our lack of knowledge. That is why we can't do it. So, we are working towards finalizing procedures. We should be able to increase trade and in my opinion it should be done properly," Samee said.

"And personally I don't think we should let Dubai take all the benefits as we both countries trade through them. By trading we should give direct profits to our countries and our governments. We will do business by giving proper duties and taxes," she added.

She further expressed confidence that through better and pro-active communication, the regional trade between the two neighbours would increase a great deal.

"I am sure we will take this forward. And I hope that communication between both the countries increases and people can do trade, which I think is very important. Regional trade is extremely important for both our economies," Samee added.

The formal meeting between the WCCI and the FLO was a part of the 'Aman Ki Asha', an initiative of the Jang Group and the Times of India Group of newspapers between Pakistan and India.

Apart from Samee, the other members of the Pakistani delegation included fashion designer Farida Qureshi, cosmetologist Dr. Farah Dewan, Aisha Rahman, Huma Naved and Aasma Hanif.

Ranjana Agarwal, Senior Vice President of FLO led the Indian delegation at the meet. (ANI)

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