IDEAS-2016 to promote defence products: Rana Tanveer

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KARACHI, Nov 22 (APP): Federal Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain Tuesday said the IDEAS-2016 exhibition would provide a great opportunity to Pakistan, especially the Ministry of Defence Production, for promotion of products.

Speaking at the inaugural ceremony of 9th International Defence Exhibition and Seminar IDEAS-2016, he appreciated the efforts of
Defence Exports Promotion Organisation (DEPO) for marketing of Pakistan’s defence products.

He said Pakistan would further coordinate with foreign defence production companies.

He said the Ministry of Defence Production, under the leadership of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, was fast expanding its scope of production.

Earlier, Director General of Defence Exports Promotion Organisation (DEPO) Major General Agha Masood Akhtar said the IDEAS exhibition was a source of inspiration for Pakistan’s armed forces. It had achieved the status of one of the major festivals in the country; providing many opportunities of mutual benefit to the participating countries.

He expressed his satisfaction that the halls at the expo centre here were full to their capacity. This year, two more halls—hall No.7 and hall No.8- were constructed to meet the increased demand for the space by the exhibitors.

The cultural shows and the sideline conferences were also the main feature of IDEAS-2016 exhibition, he said.

He thanked the federal ministries of Defence Production and Commerce, three armed forces and other stakeholders for organizing this very important event of IDEAS-2016 and making it successful.