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    IDEAS 02 "Getting jiggi with it"

    This is very heartening for all us Pakistanis who wish to improve our beloved country. May the almighty help it in every field and every way

    $160m defence export target for next year: Hamid

    By our correspondent

    KARACHI: The government planned to double the export target for arms and ordnance from the existing $80-$85 million in the next year, Director-General Defence Export Promotion Organisation Maj-Gen Syed Ali Hamid said here on Saturday.

    Addressing a press briefing along with Managing-Director Pegasus Consultancy (Pvt) Ltd Aasim Siddiqui on the second International Defence Exhibition and Seminar (Ideas) -- an exhibition of arms and ordnance -- at Karachi Expo Centre, he said that export of arms was very tactical and different from the exports of other items. He added that efforts in that direction would bear fruits in five to six years. Citing the example of China, he said despite aggressive marketing and using all tools to increase exports, the figures could not exceed $500 million.

    Maj-Gen Hamid said that the Islamic bloc was a potential market for Pakistan but it was under the influence of Europe and the US for the last 40 years. Pakistan has supplied Mushak trainer aircraft to Oman and exported arms and ordnance worth $6 million.

    Over 40 foreign delegates have confirmed their participation in Ideas-2002 being held at Karachi Expo Centre from September 16, he told journalists. The Ideas-2002 is a joint project of government of Pakistan and Pegasus Consultancy (Pvt) Ltd.

    The first defence products' exhibition was a great success, he said, and the second show would be a high profile event. The four-day event, to be inaugurated by President General Pervez Musharraf, would be held on a much larger scale and would be able to attract more foreign defence manufacturers and buyers as well as the domestic public and private manufacturing sector, he added. A seminar would be held simultaneously with the exhibition wherein prominent scholars from Asia would participate.

    Maj-Gen Hamid said that all the delegates and dignitaries had been invited to the demonstrations featuring aerial display of K-8, Super Mushak and RPVS, as well as demonstration of the firing capabilities of land-based weapons, including Al-Khalid tank, Anza guided missile system and Baktar Shikan anti-armour weapon system.

    Pakistan had a great potential in the export of arms as it had hardcore manufacturing and did not rely on foreign agencies, he said. To achieve the export target, they were reshaping their market strategy, he added.

    Aasim Siddiqui informed that invitations had been extended to defence delegations from more than 70 countries and over 20 delegations had confirmed their visit to Pakistan. Besides the large number of exhibitors from the domestic manufacturing sector, many exhibitors from China, Turkey, France, Russia, Italy, Romania, Ukraine, UK, USA, UAE and Saudi Arabia had also reserved their exhibit spaces at Ideas-2002, he said.

    Pakistan Paindabad

    nana na na nanana
    nana na na na na

    i wish they release a video of the firing show to paknews so i can download it.


      When will the next Ideas be? 2004 or 2005?