Made in Pakistan Expo 2014 kicked off at DECC Exhibition Hall, United World Trade Centre on Tuesday. The Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI), in association with the Embassy of Pakistan in Kathmandu , has been organising the fair annually with the aim of enhancing trade between the two countries.
The fifth edition of the expo which will last for a week contains 50 stalls showcasing a wide range of products from Pakistani companies. They include leather products, handicrafts, wooden furniture, footwear, kitchen appliances, spices, gems and jewellery, textiles and surgical instruments, among others. Bridal dress designs are also being displayed at the exhibition.
“Nepal has also been holding similar fairs in Pakistan every year, and this type of expo will be a very good platform to strengthen trade between the two countries as traders can interact with each other and identify potential products,” said Khurshid Barlas, chairman of the Regional Trade Coordination Committee, Pakistan and an executive member of the RCCI.
“We have been organising the fair for the last five years, and the Nepali people are increasingly liking Pakistani products,” he added. He said that Nepali consumers would also benefit from the expo due to the variety of quality products displayed under a single roof.
Exhibitors said that the products exhibited at the event had been specially designed with the preferences of Nepali customers in mind. Leather jackets are priced between Rs 4,500 to Rs 10,000 while leather wallets start from Rs 45 and belts are available for Rs 500 to Rs 600.
“Nepalis like Pakistani leather products as we offer genuine goods,” said Irfan Saeed Quershi, proprietor of IB International Leather Products, one of the exhibitors.
“Although the volume is small, exports and imports have been improving during these years between the two countries,” said Barlas.
Pakistani leather products, textiles and furniture are particularly in high demand in Nepal while Nepali handicrafts and carpets have high sales potential in Pakistan, said Pakistani traders.
The organiser expects to attract 5,000 to 10,000 visitors daily. The expo is open from 11 am to 7 pm and entrance is free.