RAWALPINDI – Secretary Defense Production Lt General (retd) Shahid Iqbal has said that business community must play its due role to enhance exports of defense production of the country.

Rawalpindi region has the largest defense industries like Pakistan Ordnance Factory, Heavy Mechanical Complex, Heavy Industries Texila and Pakistan Aeronautical Complex which were renowned for quality products but unfortunately owing to lack of marketing by the businessmen community Pakistan was lacking behind in exports of defense products.

He said that Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) must play its key role to promote defense equipments.

He was exchanging these views with the President RCCI Manzar Khurshid Sheikh during his visit to the Rawalpindi Chamber here on Tuesday. Joint Secretary Brig Mehmood Ahmed, Senior Vice President RCCI Pervaiz Ahmed Warriach, Vice President Nadeem Rauf, former presidents, executive members and other members of the Chamber were also present on the occasion.

Lt General (retd) Shahid Iqbal said that all above mentioned industries has the capacity to produce more but owing to low orders its maximum capacity could not be utilized so far. He said that Rawalpindi Chamber must play a leading role to introduce the said industry in the world through expos. He further said that establishment of Expo Center in region is need of the hour and Ministry will support RCCI stance in this regard.

Speaking on the occasion President RCCI Manzar Khurshid Sheikh said that Rawalpindi Chamber would support every stance of government to enhance exports of defense products.

He said that an Expo must be launched to market defense products and envoys from all the countries should be invited to visit it in this way we can enhance our exports and earn revenue for the country. He stressed the need of the public-private partnership to endorse the said industry.

Manzar Khurshid said that business community of the Rawalpindi Chamber is fully aware of the problems faced by motherland and striving hard to build a positive image of Pakistan in other countries of the world. He said that RCCI will soon organize an Expo in the City to promote defense equipments which is the largest industry of the region. Secretary Defense Production ensured Manzar Khurshid his full cooperation in this regard.