Karachi: Pakistan Association of Printing and Graphics Arts Industry (PAPGAI), hosted Eid Millan dinner in honor of its members and exhibition committee of PrintPak-2015 Exhibition.
The Chairman PAPGAI, S.M.Minhaj-ud-din in his welcome address said that “about two million people in Pakistan are engaged with printing and graphic arts industry which constitutes the second largest source of large number of jobs opportunities after the Textile Industry in Pakistan”.
“No doubt, this industry has a great potential to explore new international markets to raise the bar of exports and further contribute in the country’s foreign exchange” he added. Further emphasizing he said that ‘the government should remove immediately anomaly of taxing raw material and allowing duty free import of printed matter.
He pointed out that Pakistan is the only country in the world which is taxing paper the basic raw material and allows duty free import of books. The result of which is that several big publishers are getting text books printed from China and Malaysia. This trend would adversely hit the printing industry. If raw material is allowed duty free, Pakistan can easily become a big exporter of printed matter.
Salman Haroon, Head of Exhibition Committee PrintPak 2015, in his vote of thanks highlighted that “considering the overwhelming response from the local and international companies thePrintPak-2015 (scheduled in November), will be organized in four halls of the Expo Centre instead of three halls, as more than 70% of the space has already being booked”. He further said that “the international participants, exhibitors, and delegates are set to make this exhibition the largest ever event of PrintPak editions”.
Earlier, Jaffer Abbas, Director Sales Badar Expo Solutions, the Event Manager of Printpak 2015, briefed on the progress of the Exhibition to the members.