IDEAS, now counted amongst one of the most
established and prestigious international arms shows, is an interactive
platform for the manufacturers and trading concerns from far and wide to
share expertise and technological achievements with rest of the world
and enhance their global presence.
The recent developments in this region have
completely transformed the world into a place where peace is the core
issue and the mechanics for its global implementation are needed to be
understood and addressed.
Pakistan has gained worldwide recognition and
popularity as the most supportive ally in the fight against terrorism in
the region, which has brought into focus the need for closer
international defence cooperation. This overall scenario provides an
excellent opportunity to integrate the international defence industry
with Pakistan's indigenous arms and ammunition producers for entering
the global regulated arms trade regime with a new strength.
IDEAS 2002 will bring together international
manufacturers and suppliers of products and services to explore the
opportunity for cooperation in the field of defence production and
facilitate the commonality of weapons and equipment for the ease of
integration of multinational forces.
Pakistan's role as a frontline state in the fight
against terrorism makes the second International Defence Exhibition and
Seminar - IDEAS 2002 an ideal platform for interaction to discuss the
importance of support services and equipment required by the
multinational special operations forces for any intended theatre of
The success of the very first show of the sequel of
this biennial exhibition, IDEAS 2000, laid the grounds for further
achievements and recognition amongst the international defence industry,
leading to a far more greater exhibit of defence ware and allied
services this year in Karachi, Pakistan.
Organised by the pioneer and one of the leading
C&E organising companies in Pakistan, Pegasus Consultancy (Pvt.)
Ltd. IDEAS 2002 is a venture of the Government of Pakistan, supported,
endorsed and co-ordinated by Pakistan Armed Forces, Export Promotion
Bureau and Defence Export Promotion Organisation, respectively.
The formal Inauguration Ceremony and the
International Defence Seminar on "Emerging Security Environment in
Asia", scheduled on 16th September 2002, will be followed by the
four-day exhibition where exhibitors and visitors from across the world
are converging to be a part of one of the largest defence exhibitions in
The IDEAS 2002 Seminar programme, addressed by
representatives of some of the leading defence related organisations and
institutions as well as geo-strategic visionaries, is planned to attract
a large audience, comprising of top defence professionals, armed forces
personnel and members of world's defence ministries. Topics like Asian
Security Scenario and Asian Defence Market add further matter to the
vast vision of the Seminar programme this year.
Similar to the large attendance by 45 high-level
international defence delegations and dignitaries at the previous show,
an even greater participation can be seen at IDEAS 2002. The response
received from exhibitors and foreign delegations has been much positive
and the participation has been confirmed from 35 delegations so far,
including China, Brazil, Ukraine, France, UAE, Brunei, Turkmenistan,
Jordan, UK, Azerbaijan, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Oman, Kuwait, Turkey,
Qatar and Spain.
The show has also been able to attract official
visitors from the defence ministries of France, Belgium, Switzerland and
UK in addition to trade visitors from as far away as Australia.
In addition to the re-bookings by previous
exhibitors, a large number of new exhibitors have also joined in to
benefit from their participation at one of the largest exhibitions in
this region of the world. Considering the massive response to their
previous participation, many exhibitors have re-booked their stalls at
much larger areas.
The three exhibition halls have been arranged such
that Hall-1 accommodates Pakistani exhibitors, comprising of major
manufacturers of arms and ammunition that range from light firearms,
UAVs, rockets & missiles, electronic & optical equipment and
rocket launchers to heavy machinery, APCs & tanks as well as
aircraft manufacturing, together with many others. Also, the Training
Directorates of the three Armed Forces of Pakistan have reserved their
separate stalls in the same hall.
On the other hand, Hall-2 and Hall-3 mainly feature
the international participants at the exhibition. The International
Halls include companies from China, Turkey, France, Italy, Ukraine,
Russia, UAE and UK as some of the major exhibitors. In order to gain
further prominence at IDEAS 2002, most of the international exhibitors
have emerged in form of their countries' pavilions.
In addition to the exhibition, a number of ongoing
events have been planned to add further significance to IDEAS 2002.
These include a daily Mobility Demonstrations by a unit of the Armed
Forces and the Static Display of Pakistani Naval Fleet at the Dockyard
featuring Warships, Missile Boats and Submarines. The Governor's
Reception, an evening specifically to welcome the dignitaries and
exhibitors by the Governor of Sindh — the province of Pakistan where
IDEAS is being held, is scheduled on 17th September. At this reception,
the attendees will get the opportunity to meet the top personnel of the
Pakistan Armed Forces as well as the decision-makers from the government
of Pakistan. In addition, a reception hosted by the Service Chiefs of
Pakistan is also scheduled the day next. The organisers of IDEAS 2002,
Pegasus Consultancy (Pvt.) Ltd. are hosting a reception on 19th
September for the international participants, delegates and visitors,
where Pakistan's culture and hospitality will be brought into limelight.
Besides the ongoing events, a massive Firing
Demonstration is also planned to culminate the exhibition. Destructive
capabilities of land-based heavy artillery, being used by the Pakistan
Armed Forces, in addition to the Aerial display by the PAF jets are the
main highlights of this demonstration. In addition, all the ammunition
used at this demonstration is made in Pakistan by the leading
state-owned and private defence manufacturing companies.
Having already achieved a well-deserved popularity
and prominence in the defence market, IDEAS 2002 would now further pave
the way towards mutual understanding and cooperation between the nations
jointly involved in serving the global cause of peace where Pakistan
keeps playing its dominant role in the Asian region.