KARACHI: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif reached Karachi on Tuesday to inaugurate the ninth International Defence Exhibition and Seminar (IDEAS) 2016 which is set to open at the Expo Centre Karachi on Tuesday (today).
The route leading to the Expo Centre from Jinnah International Airport Karachi has been decorated with national flags and buntings and welcome banners have also been placed along the route for the participants of the exhibition.
Elaborate security and traffic arrangements have also been made for the occasion.
The four-day (Nov 22-25) is expected to draw 90 delegations representing 43 countries of the world.
These delegations would be led by their respective countries’ defence ministers, defence secretaries, chief defence staff and other senior officials.
A total of 418 companies from 34 countries including 157 Pakistani firms will showcase their products in this mega defence event.
This year nine new countries are participating in the exhibition because of the successful marketing by the Defence Export Promotion Organisation (DEPO).
These countries include Luxembourg, Denmark, Belarus, Poland, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Belgium, Nigeria and Romania.
DEPO Director Media Commodore Tahir Javed told a news conference that overwhelming response from the companies from across the world has boosted our confidence and proves the success of this mega event.
He said that the holding of IDEAS 2016 is a moment of pride for the nation and demonstrates that Pakistan is not behind anyone in manufacturing quality defence products.
The Commodore further pointed out the level of positive response can be gauged from the fact that a large portion of Expo Centre has been booked by the defence production companies invited from different countries including Turkey, China and Russia.
The DEPO Media Coordinator informed that indigenously built defence products which include tanks, fighter jets, missile boats, Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and other military equipment will be showcased at the IDEAS 2016. He pointed out that several high level meetings will also take place between the foreign delegations to promote cooperation in defence production.
Another important feature of the IDEAS 2016 is the International Defence Seminar which will be held on Tuesday evening at a hotel here.
The occasion will be graced by President of Pakistan Mamnoon Hussain.