STAFF REPORT LHR: The Department of Economics Lahore University of Management Science (LUMS) has recently held a two-day International Conference on Pakistan-India Trade Normalization Issues for the purpose of disseminating the findings of policy papers researched at LUMS over a period of two years. The event explored various aspects of Pakistan-India trade relations and examined ways to realize the trade potential between the two countries. At the conference, in addition to LUMS, researchers from SDPI, USAID, Farmer Association of Pakistan (FAP) and ICRIER (New Delhi) also presented their findings.

The opening session included remarks by Professor Sohail Naqvi, VC LUMS andan introduction to the project by Dr. Mohsin Khan (Atlantic Council, Project Lead) who explained that the research conducted by LUMS focused on the impact of normalizing trade with India on agriculture, automotive and the pharmaceutical sectors.

It was followed by a talk by Irfan Illahi, Chairman Planning and Development Punjab who saidthat improving bilateral trade between the two countries required methodical and strategic steps where gains were sustained over the long term.The first session of the conference on day one highlighted broader trade issues between India and Pakistan.The second session explored various issues on agriculture trade and the last session of the day was on the pharmaceutical sector.

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