To enhance friendly relations with Pakistan, the fortnight-long India International Trade Fair opening at Pragati Maidan here on November 14 will give more space to exhibitors from the neighbouring country.

Disclosing this in an interview after announcing the measures being taken for a smooth conduct of the annual trade fair, India Trade Promotion Organisation chairperson Rita Menon said Pakistan will be given special attention at the 32{+n}{+d}edition of the fair. “After we signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan, we hosted ‘Lifestyle’, an exhibition-cum-cultural show, at Pragati Maidan earlier this year. In the upcoming exhibition, we have given more space to Pakistan. Keeping in mind that India shares a special relationship with the neighbouring country, ITPO has extended all possible support and cooperation so that Pakistani manufacturers of onyx, handicrafts, women’s wear and above all exotic spices are given more prominence.”

As a special gesture, ITPO has allotted space to Pakistan for serving its famous cuisine including Mughlai and North-West Frontier Province dishes. “Pakistan is the only country we have given space to,” added Ms. Menon.

Even Belarus, earlier part of the erstwhile Soviet Union and now the partner country in the fair, will not be displaying its food stall.

“Belarus requested us to declare it as the partner country and we obliged. For the first time in IITF’s history we will have the Prime Minister of Belarus, Mikhail V. Myasnikovich, attending the inaugural day of the fair. Fifty-two companies will be displaying high-tech equipment and heavy machines from Belarus,” said the ITPO chairperson.

Though the basic thrust of the fair is to promote trade during the first five days, which will be reserved exclusively for business visitors, the fair will also be a one-stop destination for the large middle-class.