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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.