KARACHI - The Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) is working on plans to promote Pakistani exports in Central Asian Republics and Russia to widen its narrow export base and create linkages with other countries in the region. The TDAP is also organising Trade Caravan in Central Asian Republics, which will be displaying Pakistani products of interest selected cities e-route in June 2009. Delegations from Russia and Pakistan will explore the markets in their respective countries. This was stated by Syed Mohibullah Shah, Chief Executive, TDAP here on Monday. He said, "For the last 30 years we are neglecting Central Asian Republics and Russian markets which did not give us proximity advantage but also held great opportunity for our products which are in great demand." He said there had been minimal export of round $ 100 million to Russia from Pakistan whereas their total imports stands at $ 190 billion currently which shows that we need to access these markets and broaden our export base. The TDAP chief said that there is a great demand of products like textile and clothing and poultry, meat, fish and fish products, furniture, footwear, cutlery, fruits and vegetables in Russia and CARs but this potential is yet to be fully exploited by Pakistani exporters. He said a trade delegation from Russia would visit Pakistan soon, to visit our manufacturing facilities in Karachi and Faisalabad to gather information about our products and their quality. About the Trade Caravan, he said that would travel through Karakorum Highway and hold a multipurpose exhibition. The major display of Mangoes from Pakistan is to be held in Almaty, Kazakhstan, which would be linked with this export Trade Caravan for a major display of other potential products from Pakistan to Almaty.