KARACHI (PPI) - Dr Mirza Ikhtiar Baig, Federal Advisor on Textiles, Ministry of Textile Industry, Government of Pakistan, along with Dr. Khursheed Nizam, President, Sohail Aziz, Executive Director, Mujib-ur-Rehman Siddiqui, GM Sales & Marketing, E-commerce Gateway, Mohammad Idrees, Textile Commissioner & foreign delegates of participating countries inaugurated 6th Textile Asia 2009 - International Textile & Garments Machinery Show through a multiple ribbon cutting ceremony on Sunday at Karachi Expo Centre. Sohail Aziz, Executive Director, E-commerce Gateway delivered the welcome address, Dr. Khursheed Nizam, President, E-commerce Gateway presented plaque to chief guest and Ozair A. Hanafi, C.E.O., E-commerce Gateway, presented the thanks. Textile Asia presents revolutionary technologies of more than 329 international brands. The event attracted participation of 69 exhibitors from more than 32 countries including China, India, Singapore, Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Turkey, Czech Republic, Sweden, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine, Belgium and United States of America. Textile Asia is the only Textile & Garment Machinery show of Pakistan and India which is a UFI Approved Event by the Global Association of Exhibition Industry, Paris- France. This worldwide recognition achieved by E-commerce Gateway reflects the proof of high quality, thus providing exhibitors and visitors alike with the assurance that they will benefit from a professionally planned and managed concept. Textile Asia will encompass all the major industries including textile machinery, garment machinery, weaving machinery, embroidery machinery, knitwear machinery and accessories. The exhibition is poised to play a pivotal role in offering a platform for joint ventures and collaborations among the local textile industry and international entrepreneurs. The event is designed to act as a podium where it will highlight the products and services of the textile industry not only of Pakistan but also of the International forum. While addressing the pre-event media briefing, President E-commerce Gateway, Dr. Khursheed Nizam said that in order to compete in the international market, the Pakistani Textile & Garment product manufacturers need to continuously upgrade their manufacturing units & machinery. For this, most of our SME sector does not have the resources to send technicians and other experts abroad for research & purchase of Textile & Garment Machineries. Textile Asia thus provides such a platform to our SME sector where all the relevant decision makers jointly visit, test and purchase machinery. Moreover, the event on such a large-scale promotes the soft image of Pakistan internationally and the foreign participants return back to their countries remembering Pakistan as the hub of business activities, which is a different perception from the one promoted by the western media. This will have a multiplying affect, and would result in increased foreign participation in the coming years. From Textile Asia, the relevant institutions & students also get aware of the advancements in the sector Textile Asia is being organised for the 6th consecutive year by E-commerce Gateway Pakistan (Pvt) Ltd. and Jamalis Yellow Pages of Pakistan with Ministry of Textile Industry, in support with Government of Sindh, City District Government Karachi, TEXMAP Pakistan, APTMA, PRGMEA, PCFA, Pakistan Hosiery Manufacturing Association, Pakistan Bed-ware Exporters Association, PAKSEA, Pakistan Commercial Exporters of Towels Association, PYMA and Towel ManufacturerIs Association of Pakistan. The event is being attended by 152 foreign delegates and it is expected that more than 30,000 trade / corporate visitors will attend it in four days.