India, Pakistan to open new gate for trade by April-end

February 13th, 2012 - 8:07 pm ICT by IANS  

Attari-Wagah Border, Feb 13 (IANS) A dedicated gate at the Attari-Wagah border to facilitate movement of goods between India and Pakistan will open by the end of April this year, Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma announced Monday.

“Works are complete. We are going to see that. I want to assure you that by 30th April this gate will be ready and then it will be opened for trade,” Sharma said at a joint media briefing here with his Pakistani counterpart Makhdoom Mohammad Amin Fahim.

Both the ministers said they were hopeful of increasing bilateral trade.

The Pakistan commerce minister, accompanied by an 80-member business delegation, had visited India in September last year.

During that visit, the two ministers had agreed to increase two-way trade to $6 billion in three years from $2.7 billion recorded in 2010-11.

This time, Sharma is leading the largest Indian business delegation to Pakistan, comprising of chief executives of over 100 Indian companies.

(Gyanendra Kumar Keshri can be reached at gyanendra.k@ians.in)

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