15 Pakistan firms seek OK to sell cement to India

15 Pakistan firms seek OK to sell cement to India
Published: 15 August 2007

Fifteen Pakistan firms have sought approvals to sell cement to India, which is facing a shortage to feed hectic construction activity in the rapidly growing economy, a minister said in parliament on Tuesday.

Junior Commerce Minister Jairam Ramesh did not disclose the name of the firms or the quantity that will be imported in his written reply to lawmakers questions.

The Pakistani firms have sought clearance certificates from the Bureau of Indian Standards to sell the cement in India, he said.

Earlier this month, Pakistani Commerce Secretary Syed Asif Shah said in New Delhi the first tranche of cement from his country would arrive in India by the end of August.