International Defence Exhibition
In the exhibition 40 companies are representing
Pakistan out of a total of 200 companies
From SHAMIM AHMED RIZVI,
Nov 13 - 19, 2000
First ever Pakistan International Defence Exhibition
scheduled to be held at Karachi Expo Centre from Nov.14 will be opening
a new chapter in the history of defence production industry in Pakistan
as it would formally enter into the era of commercialisation. Besides
Pakistan, products of various defence production units of over 160
foreign establishments of 20 countries will be put on display at the
exhibition which is likely to be visited by over 1000 foreign guests
including 22 defence ministers, Chairmen, Chief and Deputy Chief of
Staff and services chiefs.
Indigenously produced, upgraded and improved
conventional weapons, besides defence equipments, uniform and machinery
would be displayed at the exhibition that will conclude on Nov.17. It is
hoped that the country would be able to make a major breakthrough in the
competitive international weapon market by organising such a high
profile event. Though the defence production is being exhibited for the
attraction of the buyer for the first time this year, it will be a
permanent feature in the future thus enabling the country to earn
foreign exchange in a bid to restrengthen the national economy.
Chief Executive General Pervez Musharraf is taking
keen interest in the Defence Exhibition, which is evident from the fact
that he himself has extended invitations to the leaders of different
countries and recently visited the site of the Exhibition to remain
abreast of the progress of the project.
President Rafiq Tarar will be chief guest at the
inaugural ceremony while the Chief Executive would preside over the
concluding session of the seminar which will also be a part of the
exhibition. Over 1,000 foreign guests from around 41 countries all over
the globe have confirmed their joining the moot.
The countries like France, Italy, China, Romania,
Malaysia, Indonesia, Egypt, Turkey beside Saudi Arabia, Jordan, UAE,
Syria, Palestine have confirmed their participation.
Seven defence ministers, six chairmen/chiefs of
defence staff and seven chiefs of staff are among the delegates who are
arriving to attend the exhibition. A comprehensive plan has been chalked
out to introduce these delegates to foreign and domestic exhibitors
besides their meetings with the President, Chief Executive and other
high ranking officials have also been planned.
Taking advantage of the exhibition Pakistan will also
offer to the visitors the best training facilities at army institutions,
which enjoy worldwide reputation. Pakistan is also a reputed supplier of
military uniform and boots. Meeting sessions will also be arranged
between the buyers and sellers in addition to visits organized daily to
the backyard of the display centre, which will display sophisticated
equipment like tanks, aircraft and missiles, etc.
A mobility display at the exhibition venue and PN
Show at the Naval Dockyard will begin the same day besides the
Governor's reception in honour of the delegates would be among the
highlights of the first day events.
The next day, apart from the exhibition at Expo
Centre the delegates, high ranking officials, corporate executives and
prominent citizens have also been invited to a gala evening while the
last day features include live firing, aerial display by PAF fighter
planes at PAF firing range Sonmiani.
In the firing display two F-6 will perform a fly
past, one Super Mushak and one K-8 will perform Solo Aerobatics while a
Mirage will carry out a supersonic run. Two F.16 with two MK-84 bombs,
four F-7 with 25, 30 MM ammo will undertake strafing attack while two
Mirages with two MK-82 pre-frag bombs, two Mirages with 1 PSD-1 and two
F-16s with 12 KM-82 bombs will perform through Air Platform.
Tank T-59 MII, Baktar Shikan, Tank T-85 will perform
the "Static Firing" and Firing on the Move" along with
Anza and TAM display with live mines.
The HQ 5 Corps has been given the responsibility of
the security, local coordination, communication and traffic control
while HQ Commander Karachi will receive the delegates besides arranging
the naval display. HQ Southern Air Command is looking after the firing
display whereas the provincial home secretary is looking after the
coordination with local civic agencies, he added.
In the exhibition 40 companies are representing
Pakistan out of a total of 200 companies, 20 countries altogether have
around 100 stalls while Pakistan, China, Turkey, Romania and Italy have
their separate pavilions.
Briefing at Expo Centre on November 3, 2000
International Defence Exhibition being held on
14th-17th November at Karachi is a commercial activity and EPB, the
local administration and the sponsors, Pegasus Consultancy have played
their role in a very professional and effective manner. This was stated
by the Chief Coordinator IDEAS 2000. Maj. General S. Ali Hamid while
briefing Editors, Columnists and Senior Journalists from Lahore,
Islamabad and Karachi.
He said that this exhibition would create an
awareness of Pakistan's defence manufacturing capabilities amongst
foreign countries while it would help Pakistan to invigorate commercial
and business activity. Gen Hamid further explained that the very strong
positive response to IDEAS 2000 visible from high profile composition of
the delegations from 34 countries an the interest shown by the
exhibitors clearly indicates their interest in our country and the
status Pakistan enjoys in the world.
He provided details of the participants, the daily
programme, aims of the exhibition, the target markets and other relevant
Giving details about the development of Pakistan's
Arms Industry he said, that until 1970 Pakistan focused on meeting basic
requirement of small arms, ammunition, repair and overhaul of equipment.
During 1970-1990 Pakistan upgraded its major weapon system like Tanks,
Ships, Aircraft and Radar etc. From year 2000 onwards Pakistan is
expanding into the International Market by providing incentive to the
private sector to enter defence manufacturing sector, he added.
Chairman Pegasus Consultancy, sponsors and organizers
of IDEAS 2000, Mr. Aasim Siddiqui briefing the gathering said that the
exhibition would not only boost Pakistan's defence exports but would
also enhance the country's image on the economic front.
He focused on the commercial aspect of the event and
explained details relating to the organization of the mega event. Mr
Siddiqui clearly specified that the project is supported by the
Government and the Armed Forces while no investment has been made by
both since this was done by Pegasus.
Mr. Siddiqui informed that the Seminars have
attracted international speakers alongside specialists from Pakistan and
these will cover topics including Technology, Geopolitics, and Business.
He also explained the other activities which are to project Pakistan's
cultural, historical and traditions to create a very positive image of
the country. He informed that the Gala Evening will be graced by the
Chief Executive himself.
Later Brig Naveed Rahman and Aasim Siddiqui took the
participants on a tour of the Expo Centre providing details of the
settings, the work in progress and about the location of the specially
created media centre in Hall 3.
They mentioned that Pakistani companies are being
given maximum possible projection and for the purpose a complete hall
has been dedicated while the foreign firms have been given space in hall
2 and 3 which are international halls. The Editors and Journalists were
then taken to the mobility display area and also briefed on the other
equipment that will be put on display at the exhibition venue.