Lahore:Iran Fair 2012 came to close with an attendance of more than 30,000 visitors during three days which had more than 75 Iranian companies and 45 Pakistani companies participated. This is unprecedented for the first time that any single country exhibition being hosted by Government of Punjab through its investment promotion agency i.e. Punjab Board of Investment and Trade .
PBIT CEO Dr. Sajid Yoosufani, while speaking at the closing ceremony, looked forward to more such people to people exchanges in future which would enhance the socio-economic ties between both the countries. The head of the Iranian delegation Ali Khaksar thanked PBIT and the Punjab government to make this all possible and looked forward to hosting Pakistan single country exhibition in Mashad, Iran in November this year.
In a colorful closing ceremony, the Iranian exhibitors were awarded certificates and shields by PBIT VC Dr. Miftah Ismail. Also in attendance were the head of the Iranian delegation Ali Khaksar, commercial consular Iran, CEO Expo and a senior member from LCCI. The main partners of PBIT for this fair CM Pak (A China Mobile Company), Faisalabad Industrial Estate and City District Government, Lahore were also awarded shields for their participation.
This fair was one of the key landmarks in the journey which started with the establishment of a Joint Working Group (JWG) to steer the economic and socio-cultural collaboration between the two provinces of Punjab, Pakistan and Khorasan-e-Razavi, Iran in June, 2009 and culminated in the signing of the “Lahore Declaration” on May 31, 2011.