UK business and textile delegation to participate in TEXPO-19 Lahore

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LONDON, Mar 14 (APP):A business-cum-textile delegation from United Kingdom (UK), would participate in TEXPO 2019, to be held in Lahore from April 11-14, an official of Pakistan High Commission said on Thursday.
Muhammad Shoaib Zafar,Commercial Counsellor of Pakistan High Commission London told APP that a business-cum-textile delegation from United Kingdom (UK) has confirmed its participation in the forthcomming 2nd Edition of TEXPO 2019 ,to be held from April 11-14 at Lahore Expo Center.
Zafar said that after the successful launch of the first edition of TEXPO (Textile Exhibition) held in Karachi, Pakistan will be organizing its 2nd edition in Lahore to show-case its textile products internationally.
He expressed the hope that the Texpo 2019 Lahore would attract a large number of potential buyers including from the UK, for the promotion of Pakistan’s textile exports globally.
Pakistan’s Commercial Counsellor said that during the year 2018 ,Pakistan’s exports to United Kingdom (UK) touched Pounds (£) 1.27 billion mark, showing an increase of around 2 percent as compared to 2017.
He said due to proactive efforts of Pakistan High Commission, the British government had given a commitment and understanding that in the Post-Brexit, Pakistan would continue to enjoy similar market access which it was currently enjoying under GSP Plus.
Shoaib Zafar further said that the UK was an important trading partner of Pakistan. It was the third largest destination of the Pakistani exports globally and the top destination within the European Union (EU) countries, he added.
It may be mentioned here that the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP), Ministry of Commerce, Government of Pakistan had announced that the 2nd Edition of TEXPO would be held at Lahore Expo Center, Johar Town, Lahore during April 11-14.
The TEXPO Pakistan is being held in Lahore to give an impetus to the textile industry based in this part of the country, especially in Lahore and Faisalabad.
The Textile industry enjoys an almost 60% share in Pakistan’s total exports.
Pakistan is also one of the very few countries of the world which houses the entire value chain of textile products. Therefore, TEXPO, which is TDAP’s first-ever product specific exhibition, has been conceptualized as the biggest platform for the promotion of Pakistan’s most significant export sector i.e. Textiles.
The 1st edition of TEXPO was launched in 2016 in which delegates from 52 countries across the globe participated and more than 700 specialized Business to business (B2B) meetings were organized between international buyers and exhibitors in the sub categories of Textile which included Cotton Yarn, Fabrics, Knitwear, ready-made Garments, Towels, Hosiery, Leather Garments and Accessories, Handicrafts, Bed Linen etc.