8th international defence exhibition opens on Dec 1

KARACHI: The 8th biennial International Defence Exhibition and Seminar (IDEAS) will commence from December 1 here at the Expo Center.

“We are receiving overwhelming response from the exhibitors as well as delegations from around the globe, which would boost our confidence and assure the success of IDEAS 2014”, said Commodore Tahir Javed, Director Media for Defence Export Promotion Organization (DEPO), Ministry of Defence Production on Saturday.

He was briefing a group of media persons at the curtain raiser of IDEAS 2014. Brigadier Mazhar Mumtaz, Director Coordination DEPO, Jahangir Mughal, SP Traffic Central and Zohair Naseer, Chief Operating Officer Badar Expo Solutions were also present on the occasion.

“Holding of IDEAS-2014 is a proud moment for all of us and is a clear manifestation of the fact that Pakistan does not lag behind in quality defence production”.

The Commodore added that a very positive response has been received from the invited foreign defence delegations. 88 delegations would represent different countries from around the globe, of which around 30 delegations are high-level, headed either by the Defence Ministers, Joint Chiefs, Services Chiefs or Defence Secretaries of the respective countries. In addition to this, 333 firms will exhibit their products, of which, 256 are foreign and 77 Pakistani.

‘We have booked a major portion of available space at the Expo Center to accommodate defence companies from Turkey, China, North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Far East, he added.

Director (Media), DEPO further said that some of the major indigenously developed products to be showcased in IDEAS-2014 included Main Battle Tank Al-Khalid, JF-17 Thunder Fighter Aircraft, Armoured Personnel Carriers and Missile Boats.

He informed that multiple high level meetings have been planned on the side line of the exhibition between foreign delegates, key government officials, and participants of the exhibition for forging alliances in defence production.

International defence seminar is another important facet of IDEAS, which will be held in the evening of the first day.

“We have made special arrangements to facilitate coverage of the event by local and international media as media’s role in the present era could not be underestimated, he added.

On the occasion, Jahangir Mughal, SP Traffic Central also briefed the media about the traffic plan and alternate arrangements for traffic.

Source: APP