Chief Minister Vijay Rupani
Wednesday said no delegation from Pakistan would be attending
the upcoming Vibrant Gujarat Summit.
Gujarat will host the ninth edition of the annual
industry summit 'Vibrant Gujarat' from January 18 to 20 in
Earlier, a controversy had erupted when the Gujarat
Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI), while inviting
several global trade bodies for the investors' meet, also
extended invitation to the Karachi Chamber of Commerce.
India and Pakistan's diplomatic relations have been
strained in recent times over the issue of terrorism.
On Wednesday, Rupani said, "No delegation from
Pakistan was coming for the Vibrant Gujarat Summit."
"There were discussions about it, but it is not true,"
he told reporters here, but did not elaborate further.
Gujarat Chief Secretary J N Singh had last week said
there was nothing wrong in inviting Pakistan's trade body for
The GCCI had decided to invite global trade bodies
during the Gujarat Vibrant Summit and the state government
agreed to it. The Karachi Chamber of Commerce is also one of
the global trade bodies invited by GCCI. The Gujarat
government has not sent any invitation, Singh said.
The Pakistani trade body had been invited to
participate in the 'Global Conclave of International
Chambers', one of the events to be held at the summit.
GCCI office-bearers had claimed it was only a "general
circular" meant for around 285 global trade bodies, and that
the final invitation was to be sent only after scrutiny.
In 2013, a trade delegation from Pakistan had come to
Gujarat to take part in the biennial summit. However,
following tension on the border, the delegation left without
attending the main event.
Thereafter, no Pakistani delegation was invited for
the investor meets held in 2015 and 2017.
The summit was conceptualised in 2003 by Prime
Minister Modi when he was the state's chief minister to
promote investment in Gujarat.
It focuses on establishing Gujarat as a preferred
investment destination in India.
Over the years, the summit has evolved into a platform
for brainstorming on agendas of global socio-economic
development, in addition to becoming a platform for forging
strategic public-private partnerships.