Friday, May 6, 2011

Expo Pakistan 2011 from Oct 20.

The mega exhibition to showcase country's complete value chain, Expo Pakistan 2011 will be held at Karachi Expo Centre from October 20-23.

Similarly, a trade and investment multilateral conference is also being organized in collaboration with Board of Investment, a dozen of bilateral forums and trade associations to highlight five specific sectors of the economy for investment.

This was stated by the chief executive Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) Tariq Iqbal Puri while addressing a press conference alongwith a prominent businessmen and president Pak-Japan Business Forum Abdul Kader Jaffer here Thursday.

He said that this time a thematic approach will be adopted in productdisplay in a best professional way with the help best exhibition designers. We have taken on board FPCCI, chambers and all product associations so that every product should get focus at the exhibition, he added.

Puri said that measures have been taken to invite potential buyers ofevery product on display on the basis of their size and buying potential and for this purpose there will be a list of buyers.

Similarly, all product exhibitors have been invited to display their products at Expo Pakistan 2011 and there will be no dearth of exhibitors this time, he added. He said that there will be a separate hall for agro products to showcase the potential of Pakistan in agriculture sector. Similarly, stones will have a special display particularly keeping in view the use of stones in construction.

Puri said that Expo Pakistan has been divided into various segments this time to professionally organize this mega event to make it economical and effective. TDAP had already floated a tender in accordance with PEPRA Rules to invite best companies for fulfilling their responsibilities in different segements.

He said that the security concerns of the foreign buyers will be over by October and they will take part in the exhibition. October is the best month for spring orders in the west, he noted.

To a question, he said country’s exports are touching $ 22 billion mark and 55 to 60 percent export was made to China and European Union altogether.

Abdul Kader Jaffer said that 12 to 14 business forums including Pak-Japan, Pak-German, Pak-China, Pak-France, Pak-Sri Lanka, Pak-Russia, Pak-Belgium, Pak-Italy, Pak-USA and Pak-Australia will extend help in inviting leading investors from their countries. Similarly, foreign diplomats will also be invited to the conference, he added.

He said the five sectors textile, dairy farming, energy and engineering, chemicals and pharmaceutical and mining and minerals have been selected for focusing during the half-day conference for foreign investors.

These sectors have a lot of potential for attracting investment and at the conference we will also highlight the incentives available for these sectors in the country.

"We have held meetings with the core five bilateral forums on the changing situation after the killing of Osama Bin Laden and they are hopeful that this conference will be a success", he added.

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