29 October 2011

Our delegation visited the 6th exhibition «Expo Pakistan».
The exhibition is the largest trade event. This year it took place from 20-23 October at Karachi Expo Centre with support of the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan.

The event was first held in 2005, and over the years it has become the largest showcase of goods and services in Pakistan. Every year it is visited by a large number of buyers from all over the world. According to the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan, only in 2010 export orders worth US$ 80 million were placed during the exhibition

The purpose of the exhibition is to provide huge opportunities for participants to see a wide range of quality products from leading Pakistani manufacturers and exporters. The event became a perfect platform for acquiring new business contacts and relationships for business development and increase of investments.

Participants of the exhibition had opportunity to establish communication directly with producers and consumers of goods and services (business to business interaction – B2B) and to sign contracts for deliveries.

On October 19th governor of Sindh (Karachi is its administrative center) and Prime Minister of Pakistan Yousuf Gelani attended gala dinner and cultural evening for foreign representatives organized in honour of “Expo Pakistan” opening. During the exhibition, the Board of Investment of Pakistan and the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan held a multilateral conference entitled “Opportunities for foreign investment and export from Pakistan,” focusing on potentially interesting investment sectors of Pakistan, including agriculture and dairy farming, infrastructure and energy, pharmaceuticals, instrument engineering and mining.

The SPb BCCP representatives visited this great event and made sure that the exhibition included a wide variety of the highest quality products at competitive prices from different provinces of Pakistan. They are not only goods of textile, garment and agricultural industry, but also products of pharmaceutical, chemical, cement, sugar, sports and other production areas. The only conclusion was that Pakistani goods can take their rightful place in the Russian market.
Agenda of our business mission included meetings with government representatives of Pakistan, who regulates trade-economic and investment cooperation, as well as meetings with leaders of administration of Pakistani provinces, representatives of Pakistani business community, and heads of diplomatic and trade missions of Russia in Pakistan.

According to Sergei Mikaelian, who headed our delegation, representatives of business and government of Pakistan and particularly Karachi, showed deep respect to our representatives and great interest in mutual cooperation.
Arrival of our delegation was widely covered in Karachi media. This fact showed evident willingness on the Pakistani part to develop and strengthen relationship with Russia.