Pakistan plans to hold single country exhibition

Pakistan has decided to hold the first ever single country exhibition of its wide-ranging products and services in Abu Dhabi next year.



By Staff Report

Published: Fri 13 Dec 2013, 10:33 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 7:52 PM

“The idea is to improve greater product visibility and to boost bilateral trade with the second biggest Arab economy, said Rabia Javari Agha, Secretary of the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan, an agency which promotes exports. Ms Agha is visiting Abu Dhabi as part of her efforts to boost exports to the UAE and particularly to Abu Dhabi.

She told a gathering of businessmen and traders in Abu Dhabi that the her authority gives great importance to the cash-rich market of Abu Dhabi and in this regard she will make sure that the visibility of Pakistani products is improved in the Emirate, in order to get a bigger slice of export market.

Ms Agha hinted that her authority has decided in principle to organise a single-country exhibition in the capital to exhibit jewelry, GEMs and precious stones, pharmaceuticals, surgical instruments, fashion and textiles, leather products, furniture, sanitary ware, ceramics, tiles, light electrical and engineering goods, besides others.

The secretary said her authority will encourage business to open retail outlets to sell Pakistani goods, in Abu Dhabi.

Another way to improve Pakistan’s visibility will be to participate in all major trade shows taking place in Abu Dhabi, including the flagship oil and gas show Adipec, Sial Middle East, SMEs conference and exhibition, the World Future Energy Conference and Exhibition and the leather show, she said.

Ms Rabia Javari Agha said Pakistan’s exports to the UAE had reached almost $3billion in 2012, growing 10 per cent year-on-year. Imports from the UAE have grown to $6 billion on the back of rise in petroleum and petrochemicals products. But she said the size of bilateral trade was much less than the existing potential which would be taken care of in the coming years by a greater presence in Abu Dhabi.

Secretary TDAP said Pakistan will participate in the Global Forum in Innovation in Agricultural to be organized by Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority in February next year. A group of Pakistan agricultural tools and equipment manufacturers, scientists and experts will participate in the show.

She said that Pakistan’s agricultural scientists have made great achievement in the boosting per acre yield and introducing new technologies which would be displayed in the agriculture show.

Arif Nadeem, Chief Executive Officer of Pakistan Agricultural Company, said that Pakistan wants to offer its agricultural expertise to the GCC countries by showcasing innovations it made at this exhibition.

Habib Ahmed, commercial counselor at Pakistan Embassy, said Abu Dhabi was ideally located to re-export goods to other countries in the region.

— haseeb@khaleejtimes.com


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