Texpo 2016 – Government to hold 120 exhibitions in different countries
According to Minister of Commerce, Khurram Dastgir Khan, in an effort to market local products and improve country’s image that has been tarnished by the terrorist attacks, the government has planned to organize 120 exhibitions in different countries and have also planned Texpo 2016.
Addressing at the soft launch of the ‘Texpo 2016”, he said his ministry and its subordinate bodies have planned to organise a ‘one-of-a-kind, four-day, textile only exhibition’ that would be held at the Karachi Expo Centre from April 7 till 10 this year.
230 exhibitors will be representing complete value chain of the textile sector, from yarn makers to other value-added products manufacturers, the exhibition will be held in four halls of the Expo Center.
The Texpo 2016 plan is still intact despite all the security threats and terrors specially after the recent Lahore blast, government has decided to convey their message to terrorists that they cannot stop Pakistan’s progress.
He said his ministry was also launching an aggressive image-building campaign for the country through overseas exhibitions. These exhibitions have been planned in Iran, Central-Asian and other established countries to explore new markets for Pakistani products.
Highlighting the reason behind Texpo 2016, Dastgir said that such sector-specific exhibitions can help Pakistan attract buyers and business and he said that his expectations were high to attract foreign buyers and generate useful business deals.
China, India, Turkey and Thailand, all have experienced significant drop in their exports mainly because of the global economic slowdown and Pakistan is not alone in this.
TDAP Secretary Rabiya Javeri Agha, giving further details on the upcoming expo, said that over 750 foreign delegates have been registered for the upcoming event, out of which 400 have confirmed their participation.
These delegates are from 52 countries including Australia, Holland, Japan, China and Russia.
The largest delegation, constituting 67 members, is coming from China while the British Business Centre United Kingdom (UK) – set up by the UK to facilitate bilateral trade and investment between UK and Pakistan – is bringing a 25-member delegation under the leadership of Baroness Nausheena Mubarik.
20 people are coming in from Kazakhstan for the event, brought by the USAID.