ISLAMABAD: Pakistan to hold its fifth weapons “show IDEAS-2008″ (International Defence Exhibition and Seminar on November 24-26. Like Farnbrough, French Air Show, UAE’s IDEX Pakistan, being a manufacturer of land, sea and air weapons initiated series of IDEAS in 2000 when it completed its serial production of MBT Al-Khalid and JF Thunder multiple jet-fighter. It is also producing Augusta submarines with French assistance.
At the exhibition normally Pakistan places its long and short range surface-to-surface nuclear capable missiles. According to a Defence Export Promotion Organisation (DEPO) over 60 countries will participate during the exhibition and some including USA, UK, Malaysia, China, German, Spain, Italy and France will exhibit their defence products.
According to Inter-Services Public Relations Directorate Preparations for 5th International Defence Exhibition and Seminar, IDEAS 2008, to be held from November 24 to November 28, 2008 at Karachi Expo Center have taken a head start. Major General Muhammad Farooq, Director General Defence Export Promotion Organization (DEPO), Ministry of Defence Production, while chairing the second steering committee meeting for IDEAS here today, stated, “from the overwhelming response of foreign exhibitors for IDEAS 2008, one can gauge the popularity of this mega event. It is heartening to note that more than 92% space has already been booked”.
He further stated that this surge in response of foreign exhibitors can be attributed to the formal launch of IDEAS – 2008 by the Prime Minister, Mr Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, during the “Soft Launch of IDEAS – 2008” at Islamabad on 23rd May 2008. That ceremony was attended by Ambassadors / High Commissioners, Defence Attaches and elite of corporate sector. DG DEPO urged upon the participants of the meeting, to ensure that IDEAS – 2008 help create pleasant feelings and promote the image of Pakistan as a responsible and well organized nation among foreign delegates, exhibitors and trade visitors.
The meeting was attended by representatives of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Commerce, Interior Ministry, Ministry of Information, Ministry of Ports and Shipping, Government of Sindh, Pakistan Army, Pakistan Navy, Pakistan Air Force, Central Board of Revenue, Pakistan Rangers, Sindh Police, Trade Development Authority of Pakistan, Pakistan Customs, Civil Aviation Authority, City District Government Karachi, Press Information Department and Ecommerce Gateway – the event manager of the exhibition.