KARACHI: Foreign buyers placed orders worth millions of dollars with Pakistani exporters as Expo Pakistan 2013 came to a close in the southern city of Karachi, with over 15 Kuwaiti companies among those seeking good business.
The four-day mega event took place September 26-29 and attracted a large number of foreign and local buyers, and the Kuwaiti companies present included some operating in the fields of Information Technology (IT), consumer goods, fruits and produce, textiles, and electronic industries.
According to Trade Development Association of Pakistan (TDAP) officials, buyers from Azerbaijan, Kuwait, and the US finalized deals worth USD 29 million for import of consumer goods. The exhibitors of agro food in rice, fruits and vegetables, and herbal items negotiated deals of USD 35 million with Malaysia, Singapore, and Hong Kong.
Other deals included orders of USD 8 million from Bangladesh, and a chunky USD 100 million from the UAE home furnishing sector.
Expo Pakistan 2013 was termed a big success with over 1,000 foreign buyers showing up from 70 countries including leading importers of food goods, sports goods, surgical goods, food processing equipment, textile raw material, machinery, and plants.
This year buyers from other potential areas like the marbling sector, super store chains and retail outlets, and pharmaceuticals have also visited the expo.