OUR STAFF REPORTER LAHORE The Multilateral Investor & Trade conference 2011 a joint effort, by the bilateral business groups of friendly countries based in Pakistan and the Board of Investments (BOI) and Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP), to boost global business relations between progressive countries and Pakistan, will be held on Thursday, (today). Investors and business leaders from more than 15 countries have confirmed their participation in the strategic breakout groups which include infrastructure & energy, engineering, agriculture & dairy, mines & minerals and pharmaceuticals. The conference has been arranged with the collaborated efforts of the business forums from Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Russia, Sri Lanka and Switzerland, showing confidence in the productivity and potential of the Pakistani people and resources. Saleem H Mandviwala, Minister of State & Chairman, Board of Investments (BoI) said, It is heartening to see the enthusiastic response to this call for consolidation of potential investors and business leaders from the international market. The recent economic slowdown and recessive trends in the global industrial sectors have necessitated a collaborative approach towards quick economic revival. Pakistan offers very attractive features and a business friendly environment for Foreign Direct Investments and international trade collaborations. These include; a strategic geographical location, Three warm-water Sea-Ports, the worlds 6th largest population, a rich service culture, 5-Year Tax Holidays, liberal profit repatriation, 100 percent foreign equity options, and a minimal 0-5 percent duty on plant and machinery.