Businessmen, investors and others will be gathering on February 27 for the Pak-US Business Opportunities Conference to take place in Islamabad, Pakistan. In attendance will be US ambassador Richard Olson, plus members of the American Business Council and the Pakistani Minister for Commerce, Khurram Dastgir Khan.
On the agenda of events will be a speech by the Minister for Commerce, who will explain Pakistan’s efforts to bring more foreign investment to the country as well as to increase the amount of trade outside the country.
The major goal of the conference is to introduce Pakistan to the rest of the world as a reliable business and investment partner. Included in discussions about trade will be textiles, agriculture, rice, fruit and vegetables.
There will also be discussions about creating a “US-Pakistan Joint Business Forum.” Organizers of the conference have sent invitations to over 100 American companies and businessmen. The Ministry of Commerce has high expectations that the maximum number of attendees will participate.
It seems that nothing can remain untouched these days. It’s all about money and that doesn’t change with the India- Pakistan cricket World Cup semifinal scheduled for 2 days’ time. Indeed there have already been three arrests by the Chandigarh police for attempts being made to “black-market” tickets for the event. The mark-up was somewhat absurd; on a ticket of Rs.250 and Rs.500, sales were pitched at Rs.56,000!
It was a little much. The police set up a trap to catch them and it worked. Now there is an interrogation taking place to determine exactly what happened and to make an example out of these people to perhaps deter people from trying this trick in the future.
Making Money on the Winning Team
These money-seekers might have tried to make their dough in a more traditional way, as has been done since time immemorial with hedging bets on which team will win. Is this so easy to do? Well, if you look at what has happened in the past between the two teams you will find that from the 199 matches played between the two in world cup matches, India has a 4-0 lead over Pakistan. While this makes for seemingly good news for those who want to place bets, you can never really tell and that is what makes such a gamble so exciting as it could go either way.
Whatever happens on Wednesday, let’s hope no one else gets arrested and greed doesn’t get in the way too much of what is ultimately meant to be a lot of good, sporting fun and no match-fixing occurs which is, according to an article in the Wall Street Journal, a fear of Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik, due to what some players from his country did last year in what became known as the “spot-fixing” scandal.