Made In Pakistan Expo may fetch $600m export orders

KARACHI: The Pakistan Readymade Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (PRGMEA) has received an overwhelming response so far from the Pakistani exhibitors and about 70 per cent stalls have already been booked for the 2nd edition of the Made In Pakistan Expo 2014 being held in Mumbai, India from August 31 to September 5, 2014 subsequent to the success of the inaugural edition of MIPEM 2014 held from April 3 to April 7, 2014 in Mumbai.

The single country exhibition aims to provide a platform to the Pakistan based companies for showcasing their range of products and services to the Indian public and business community. It will also be contributing in promoting Pakistan-India economic relations by diversifying the existing trade patterns thus introducing a wide range of quality Pakistani products in the Indian market with prominent business and trade sectors.

Chairman PRGMEA, Arshad Aziz, said that if all goes well then the event is likely to fetch at least $600 million export orders as compared to $400 million received in the 1st edition. He said that Pakistani garments, especially ladies wear and lawn, are in great demand in India and the long-term business deals among the two countries would flourish the bilateral trade and Pakistan’s value-added sector could be given big boost. It’s the time when India should be considered as an opportunity than a threat to our industries.

While spelling out details, Aziz said that the 2nd edition of Made In Pakistan Expo, which would be held in Mumbai with the aim to promote Pakistan’s garments and clothing in the neighbouring country, has been duly endorsed by the ministry of commerce and ministry, Government of Pakistan.

He added that PRGMEA has arranged B2C and B2B meetings between the Pakistani exhibitors and manufacturers with Indian buyers and trade delegation would also visit India in the sidelines so that Pakistan exhibitors could avail maximum benefit from the event.

He said that beside readymade garments, fashion clothing, and home textiles, handicrafts, marble items, food items and other goods would also be displayed in the event.

He said that Pakistani value-added sector would get this regional market in real term when Indian government removes all hurdles on Pakistan’s exports. PRGMEA has acquired 25,000 square feet space in World Trade Centre in Mumbai and it is expected that over remaining stalls would be booked in next couple of days.

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