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    IT - going great guns in Karachi Expo Hall

    ITCN Asia-2002 begins today

    By Imran Ayub

    KARACHI: Information Technology Commerce Network (ITCN) Exhibition and Conference Asia 2002 begins at Karachi Expo Centre on Saturday. Governor Sindh Mohammedmian Soomro will kick off the exhibition with a ribbon cutting ceremony while Federal Minister for Science and Technology Dr Attaur-Rehman will inaugurate the conference at a local hotel.

    The three-day mega event, being held for the second consecutive year, is expected to attract hundreds of thousands of visitors including foreign delegates, and local and foreign entrepreneurs. The organisers expect that some 600 foreign delegates will attend the event.

    President General Pervez Musharraf will chair the gala dinner session, a part of the ITCN, at the Governor House on Monday which will be attended by senior government officials, visiting foreign delegates and other distinguished personalities. Some 150 local and foreign companies have set up over 350 stalls in the A, B and C halls at the Expo Centre.

    The organisers have dedicated the first day of the exhibition to exhibitors and visitors from trade and corporate sectors. General public and students would avail a chance to experience the biggest IT exhibition event of the country on the following two days.

    Entry of general visitors to the exhibition hall will be through tickets and during restricted timings. The tickets are available at several superstores of the city.

    The exhibition will be open to students and general visitors on August 11 from 2 pm to 8 pm and on August 12 from 9 am to 8 pm. The organisers have directed the visitors to bring their national identity cards along with the tickets.

    Parking space for visitors will be available at National Sports Training Centre, opposite National Cricket Stadium. There will be free shuttle service from National Sports Training Centre to the Expo Centre after every 10 minutes.

    The students and general public would enter the exhibition hall from Gate 2 of the Expo Centre, opposite the SSGC head office, while the VIPs and visitors belonging to the corporate sector will use Gate 1.

    Various sessions of the ITCN conference would be held at a local hotel, which would continue on Sunday. Federal ministers including Shaukat Aziz, Abdul Razzak

    Dawood and Dr Atta-ur-Rehman will chair the sessions. Governor State Bank of Pakistan, Dr Ishrat Hussain and Sindh Minister for Finance Dr Abdul Hafiz Sheikh would preside over two sessions. Foreign delegates will also address at the conference.

    Provincial Minister for Finance and Chairman Sindh IT Board, Dr Abdul Hafiz Sheikh said on Friday that the ITCN Asia-2002 would pave the way for development of the IT industry in the country.

    He was of the view that participation of foreign firms in the exhibition showed their confidence in Pakistan's investment environment. "We want to emerge as an IT-friendly as well as investment-friendly country," he told a press conference at a local hotel.

    Dr Khurshid Nizam, chief executive Jamal's Yellow Pages, and Wong Jeh Shyan, chief executive CommerceNet Singapore, were also present on the occasion. The minister hoped that the event would bring investment to the IT industry which had an immense potential within and outside the country.

    Dr Khurshid Nizam said that several memorandums of understanding worth $300 million between local and foreign participating firms were signed during the ITCN Asia-2001. He said the ITCN was perfect reflection of public-private sector cooperation, which would help in making Karachi a regional IT hub.



      I went to the last ITCN, it was impressive, and some of the foriegners there were surprised after looking at some of the projects.


        I do sure hope that the security is extremely tight, so that these stupid radicals( so-called Muslims ), cannot blow something up...
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          dude - this is GREAT news. I'm luvin' it.
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