Lahore: The week-long Lahore Shopping Festival-2012, being jointly organised by the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Punjab government, will be inaugurated at the Polo Club, Race-course Park, today (Sunday). MNA Hamza Shahbaz Sharif would be the chief guest of the event.
A polo match will also be part of the inauguration ceremony that will be attended by ministers, bureaucrats and businessmen.
The Lahore Shopping Festival is a combination of events, including a three day expo at Lahore Expo center, Polo tournament, Qirat competition, a young entrepreneur business plan competition, photography competition, vintage car rally, Punjabi Cultural night, Job fair, business walk, Lahore wrestling championship, motor bike rally, fashion show, Energy conference and a soft ball cricket tournament.
Almost all renowned business groups are showcasing their products at the three-day Punjab Expo, being held for the second time. An energy conference would also be held at royal palm golf and country club, where leading economic experts would be highlighting the potential of Punjab.
A methodology to overcome energy challenges being faced by the country would be presented to the government. The qualifying rounds for the Qirat competition had already been completed and a total 20 Qaris out of 167 participants qualified for the final of the competition to be held on April 23.
Renowned scholars Hafiz Ajwad Ubaid of Jamia Ashrafia and Hafiz Mohammad Rafique Naqashbandi of Jamian Naeemia are performing as Chief Judges while Hafiz Husanian Hashmi, Qari Tauseef Abbassi, Qari Sher Mohammad are performing as their deputies.
The LCCI President Irfan Qaiser sheikh was the chief guest while Senior Vice President Kashif Younis Meher, former Senior Vice Presidents Sohail lashari and Sheikh Mohammad Arshad and former EC member Mian Zahid Javaid were also present in the qualifying round.
Speaking on the occasion, the LCCI President Irfan Qaiser Sheikh thanked all the participants for taking part in the LCCI Qirat Competition. He said that the LCCI management has decided to make the Qirat Competition an annual event. He also paid rich tributes to the judges for sparing time for the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Giving details about the Lahore Shopping Festival 2012,he said that it would not only expedite trade and business activities in the country but would also highlight the soft image of country and to bring the investors back.
He said that the Lahore Shopping Festival encompasses a range of business and cultural activities.
He said that the Lahore Shopping Festival would have in its fold 2nd Expo Punjab 2012 that would be arranged at Lahore Expo Centre from April 27 to April 29. It would be a three-day event where as many as 250 renowned business groups would showcase their products and on the sidelines of this exhibition an Energy Conference would also be held. At the conference, a methodology to overcome the energy deficit being faced by the country would be given to the government. The 2nd Expo Lahore would be “Made in Punjab” in true sense of the word.
He said that Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif has assured his full support and cooperation for the Lahore shopping Festival 2012.
He said that a Business Walk, a Vintage Car Rally, a motorcycle rally, a fashion show, a photography competition, an Energy Conference, Wrestling Competition, a Business Plan Competition and a Polo Match are the other events of the Lahore Shopping Festival.
He said that the very objective of the Lahore Shopping Festival is to expedite the business activities in this part of the country. He said that not only the top notch businessmen would be participating in the Lahore Shopping Festival but all the ambassadors posted in Pakistan would be invited to these events.
For more information, contact:
Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI)
11-Shahrah-e-Aiwan-e-Tijarat, Lahore -54000, Pakistan
Tel: +9242 111 222 499
Fax: +92 42 636 8854