Pakistan Mega Leather Show to attract local, foreign manufacturers

LAHORE : Pakistani and foreign manufacturers from India, China, Italy, Germany, France and Brazil will participate in the second edition of the Pakistan Mega Leather Show, a three-day exhibition, which will be held from January 27-29 at the Expo Centre in Lahore.

Punjab Governor Muhammad Rafique Rajwana and Federal Commerce Minister Khurram Dastagir will inaugurate the exhibition.

Addressing a press conference at a local hotel on Monday, show’s convener Muhammad Musaddiq said that Pakistan Leather Garments Manufacturers & Exporter Association (PLGMEA) and the Pakistan Gloves Manufacturers & Exporters Association (PGMEA) would be joined by the Pakistan Footwear Manufacturers Association (PFMA) and Pakistan Tanners Association (PTA) for the exhibition.

Musaddiq said that leather sector is the second largest export-oriented and value-added industry after textile, adding that exports of the leather industry were $1.195 billion during 2014-15. Besides 5% contribution in exports, this sector also contributes 2.67% of GDP with over one million workers throughout Pakistan, he added.

Sharing details of the show, PFMA Chairman Waseem Zakaria said that the upcoming exhibition would not only portray the positive image of Pakistan at world level but would also motivate leather business entrepreneurs for growth.

“This exhibition will also enhance confidence of investors in Pakistan’s markets,” he said, adding that people from across the world would also be attracted towards the leather industry of Pakistan. He said that the local manufacturers would have a chance to discuss local footwear industry and future challenges with their visiting counterparts.

PFMA Chairman Waseem Zakaria said that the exhibition, which would be dedicated to all sectors of the leather industry, would be a stepping stone in the leather industry, as this event would provide a perfect occasion for companies to showcase their best products in front of local and international buyers.

To make the event more colourful and enhance the interest of visitors, a number of other attractive activities like seminars, fashion show and musical evening will also be part of the exhibition, he added.

The PFMA chairman assured that quality of the products being presented in the exhibition would be above all standards, adding that Pakistani products would gain a foothold in the international market through such competitive international exhibitions. He also thanked the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) Chief Executive S M Muneer for extending support to the show. He asked the government to make all out efforts to facilitate the footwear and leather industry.

On the occasion, the businessmen also highlighted problems being faced by the footwear industry.

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