Textile and jewellery products attracted the foreign business delegates at the 9th Expo Pakistan 2015 which was inaugurated by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif here on Thursday. Though as many as 350 local companies are showcasing their products in the country’s mega event, foreign businessmen of around 70 countries were seen thronging the pavilions of textile, handicraft and jewellery products on the first day of the of the four day event.
“We did very handsome business of jewellery and handicraft products in early hours of the fair as the foreign visitors evinced keen interest in handicraft items,” said Bisma Sahir, who is curriculum development expert at the EUfunded Technology Upgradation and Skill Development Company (TSDC) for empowerment of women. “In fact, customers’ response has encouraged us to bring more variety of different products and we are expecting more orders in next three days,” she added.
Foreign delegates belonging to Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Poland, Brazil, Bangladesh, Argentina, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Vietnam, Tunisia, the United States of America, United Kingdom, South Africa, are participating in the fair. A businessman from England, Jhon, told Business Recorder that he has come to Pakistan after seven years to purchase some textile products. “I am looking for some good quality towels and a deal is underway with the manufactures,” he said.
“Pakistan is one of the top countries in the world that produce good quality textile products,” Faizan, a Tunisian businesswoman, remarked, saying that she was impressed by the hospitality of Karachiites. LE Kim Hung, a trader from Vietnam’s food industry, said that he was participating in the fair along with 20 other traders from his country on the invitation of Pakistan Embassy. “We are looking for enhancing bilateral trade between the two countries,” he added. A trader from local horticulture sector, who has set up four stalls in the fair, said that though the TDAP is organising exhibitions in order to attract foreigners, it should also work for research and development sector. One of the salient features of the event was B to B meetings between local and foreign traders.