After the thumping success of IDEAS 2001 the second
International Defence Exhibition (IDEAS 2002) will be inaugurated by
President General Musharraf in Karachi on Sept. 16. Some 35 countries
around the globe have confirmed their participation in the 4 day
exhibition and seminar.
According to an spokesman of the organizers, the
response received from exhibitors and foreign delegations has been more
positive than the last event. 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 shows has also been able to
attract official visitors from the defence ministries which include
France, Belgium, Switzerland and UK in addition to trade visitors from
as far away as Australia, the official said.
The formal inauguration ceremony and the
international defence seminar on 'Emerging Security Environment in
Asia', scheduled for September 16, 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
'IDEAS 2002' will bring international manufacture and
suppliers together for their 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. The events has already achieved a
well-deserved popularity and prominence in the defence market
internationally and 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.
Maj. Gen. Syed Ali Hamid, Director General Defence
Export Promotion Organisation (DEPO) while briefing the newsmen said
that IDEAS 2002 will be held at a much larger scale this year and more
than 40 official military and defence delegations are expected to visit
the exhibition. The exhibition has been able to attract increased
participation by the foreign defence manufacturers as well as the
domestic public and private manufacturing sector, he added.
The International Defence Exhibition Seminar will be
attended by prominent scholars from Asian. The seminar will comprise two
sessions, providing in-depth information on 'Asian Security Scenario'
and 'Asian Defence Market' while discussing the "Emerging Security
Environment in Asia" as a whole. Approximately 600 invitees are
expected to attend the seminar, he said. Gen Hamid said that the
inauguration ceremony would be attended by more than 1500 guests,
including delegates, members of diplomatic corps, executives and
representatives of trade orgnisations and the exhibitors.
In addition, Maj Gen Syed Ali Hamid also briefed the
press on the firing demonstration.
Explaining the background of IDEAS 2000 Lt. Gen Abdul
Qayyum, Chairman Ordnance Factories (POF) the pioneer of Pakistan
Defence Industry, said that the September 11, 2001 incident in the
United States, followed by slapping of tough sanctions by several big
powers, ended in Pakistan adopting a new course of action which
accelerated the production of arms and ammunitions and exports to some
"Pakistan's exports of arms and ammunitions,
which are handled by Defence Export Promotion Organisation (DEPO) headed
by Major General Ali Hamid on government-to-government levels, have
already risen to more than $10 million and orders for $37 million are in
The IDEAS 2002 will have 120 stalls including 50 per
cent set up by 55 countries, the General said and added: "The
response is very good as far as our expectations are concerned. We are
highly satisfied with the participation". "The commercial
sales have increased more than 100 per cent in the last three or four
years," he said. "Quality, quality and quality is the hallmark
of POF's production line which will be displayed at the prestigious
IDEAS 2002", said chief of the POF, of which directly and
indirectly provides huge opportunities to private sector providing 638
items to the factory, POF chief added.
The IDEAS 2000, a brainchild of President Musharraf,
was organised by the DEPO for the first time two years ago at the Expo
Centre as Pakistan launched relentless efforts to increase exports and
build up the much-needed foreign exchange reserves, which plummeted to
abysmally low levels following detonations of atomic bombs on May 28,
1998. Dozens of foreign experts who visited the defence products'
exhibition in 2000 vehemently acknowledged the quality and precision
that triggered the exports and the DEPO is constantly getting orders
from abroad for the Pakistan made arms and ammunitions.
Because of high quality of the arms and ammunitions,
the DEPO exports have increased to some 40 countries including the
United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, South Korea, New
Zealand, the Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Switzerland,
Ireland, Singapore, Turkey, Thailand, Saudi Arabia and Malaysia.