There will be no representation from Pakistan at the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit, 2019, said Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Wednesday.
When asked if Pakistanis are expected to turn up at the summit, Rupani told mediapersons, “Nobody is coming. There was one discussion, but no delegation from Pakistan is coming.”
Indo-Pak diplomatic ties have been strained in recent times over the issue of terrorism.
Gujarat Chief Secretary J N Singh had last week said there was nothing wrong in inviting Pakistan’s trade body for the summit.
The GCCI had decided to invite global trade bodies during the Vibrant Gujarat Summit and the state government had agreed to it. The Karachi Chamber of Commerce was among the global trade bodies invited by GCCI. The Gujarat government had not sent any invitation, Singh said.
The Pakistani trade body was invited to participate in the ‘Global Conclave of International Chambers’ event to be held during the Summit.
Heads of state of some countries are expected to reach Gandhinagar for the 9th edition of the Vibrant Gujarat Summit beginning January 18.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the event and hold one-on-one meetings with the leaders on the sidelines of the summit.
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.