-TDAP trade del­e­ga­tion vis­its Uzbek­istan -Gov­ern­ment to sup­port leather sec­tor

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The Trade De­vel­op­ment Author­ity of Pak­istan (TDAP) spon­sored an eleven mem­ber trade del­e­ga­tion rep­re­sent­ing the Sur­gi­cal In­stru­ments Man­u­fac­tur­ers As­so­ci­a­tion (SIMAP) to visit Uzbek­istan.

This visit was ar­ranged as a fol­lowup to for­mer Prime Min­is­ter Yusuf Raza Gi­lani`s visit to Tashkent in 2011, dur­ing which the Uzbek au­thor­i­ties in­di­cated they would wel­come prod­uct spe­cific del­e­ga­tions from Pak­istan.

The del­e­ga­tion led by Je­hangir Ba­jwa, par­tic­i­pated in the 17th Tashkent In­ter­na­tional Health­care Ex­hi­bi­tion (TIHE). TDAP had hired a stall at the show to fa­cil­i­tate max­i­mum in­ter­ac­tion of the del­e­gates with the buy­ers/im­porters. Ad­han Ikramov, Min­is­ter of Health­care was the chief guest at the in­au­gu­ral cer­e­mony of the ex­hi­bi­tion. He and other VIPs along with the Am­bas­sador vis­ited the Pak­istan stall.

The Min­is­ter was briefed on the range of sur­gi­cal prod­ucts pro­duced in Pak­istan and the in­dus­try’s abil­ity to meet the Uzbek gov­ern­ment’s re­quire­ments. The Min­is­ter was vis­i­bly im­pressed by the qual­ity and diver­sity of the in­stru­ments. He told the Pak­istani ex­hibitors that other coun­tries par­tic­u­larly Ger­many, were out­sourc­ing these in­stru­ments from Pak­istan at much cheaper prices and sup­ply­ing to Uzbek­istan at sub­stan­tially high prices. He said Uzbek­istan would ex­plore ways to buy the prod­ucts di­rectly from Pak­istan.

The ex­hibitors re­ported that the Pak­istan stall at­tracted an un­usu­ally large num­ber of vis­i­tors. Some mem­bers were also able to fi­nal­ize deals with lo­cal buy­ers. This was a ma­jor ex­hi­bi­tion in the CIS re­gion was also vis­ited by buy­ers from Azer­bai­jan and Turk­menistan. These coun­tries have im­port po­ten­tial in sur­gi­cal and med­i­cal in­stru­ments of up to $62 mil­lion and $23 mil­lion, re­spec­tively.

Sar­fraz Ahmed Khan Sipra, Deputy Head of Chancery, Em­bassy of Pak­istan ex­tended max­i­mum fa­cil­i­ties to the del­e­gates par­tic­u­larly through lo­gis­tics and B2B meet­ings. Fa­cil­ity of multi-lan­guage in­ter­preters in English and Rus­sian lan­guages was pro­vided to the del­e­gates which greatly helped in busi­ness com­mu­ni­ca­tions.

Del­e­gates held busi­ness meet­ings with the Sa­markand Cham­ber of Com­merce & In­dus­try, Tashkent Cham­ber of Com­merce & In­dus­try and the Cham­ber of Com­merce & In­dus­try of Uzbek­istan (UzCCI), The del­e­gates also met rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Na­tional Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal Com­pany, Min­istry of Health and pri­vate busi­nesses. Dur­ing the meet­ings, im­por­tant mat­ters con­cern­ing reg­is­tra­tion pro­ce­dures, ex­port li­cenc­ing, com­ple­tion of doc­u­men­ta­tion, dis­tri­bu­tion and cur­rency con­ver­sion were dis­cussed. The Uzbek side was keen to trans­fer tech­nol­ogy and en­ter joint in­vest­ment in the sur­gi­cal in­stru­ments man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor.

The visit pro­vided an op­por­tu­nity to the Pak­istani man­u­fac­tur­ers to sell high qual­ity sur­gi­cal and beauty prod­ucts to Uzbek busi­nesses and also helped in es­tab­lish­ing ini­tial busi­ness con­tacts, gen­er­at­ing tremen­dous good­will and es­ti­mat­ing mar­ket po­ten­tial through wide in­ter­ac­tion and travel.

TDAP del­e­ga­tion dur­ing the visit to Uzbek­istan.

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