Preparations for International Defence Exhibition and Seminar 2008

Preparations for the 5th International Defence Exhibition and Seminar (IDEAS) 2008 have started. The event is scheduled to be held from November 24 to 28 at the Karachi Expo Centre.

Maj-Gen Muhammad Farooq, Director General Defence Export Promotion Organization (DEPO), Ministry of Defence Production, while chairing the second steering committee meeting for IDEAS here on Saturday, said that from the overwhelming response of foreign exhibitors for IDEAS 2008, one can gauge the popularity of this mega event. He said more than 92 per cent space have already been booked.

Farooq further stated this surge in response of foreign exhibitors can be attributed to the formal launch of IDEAS-2008 by the Prime Minister, Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, during the "Soft Launch of IDEAS-2008" at Islamabad on May 23, 2008. The ceremony was attended by Ambassadors/ High Commissioners, Defence Attaches and elite of corporate sector.

DG DEPO urged the participants of the meeting to ensure that IDEAS 2008 helps 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 ministries, armed forces, government officials and others.

During the meeting, departments responsible for various activities during IDEAS-2008 gave detailed presentations. It was reiterated that electronic and print media will be continuously informed about traffic plans to cause minimum inconvenience to the citizens of Karachi during the event.

City District Government Karachi reassured that outlook of the city will be further uplifted during the event so that foreign delegates take a good impression of the city while visiting Karachi.

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