Lahore - Pakistan Carpet Manufacturers and Exporters Association (PCMEA) has elected Usman Ghani as its new central chairman unopposed for the year 2013-14, while Qamar Zia was elected as senior vice chairman for the North Zone and S M Shahzad Hanif as vice chairman for the South Zone.

The newly-elected North Zone SVC Qamar Zia expressed his resolve to promote the soft image of Pakistan across the world through exports of handmade carpets.  Qamar said that the PCMEA has been providing a significant opportunity for exporters to enhance country’s brand visibility and to promote new and existing products. He said that the Association, in partnership with TDAP, has been seeking to expand world market share of hand knotted carpets and develop domestic market as well by removing all kinds of hurdles in this regard.  The new senior vice chairman said that PCMEA has explored new markets like China and Turkey, as the later has now become the fourth largest importer of hand-knotted carpets of Pakistan. He appreciated the services of Maj (r) Akhtar Nazir Khan Cooki, the veteran of carpet industry and who has been serving as central chairman of the PCMEA for 2013-14. He said that with the efforts of Maj (r) Cooki the Association is organizing Pakistan Hand Knotted Carpet Exhibition 2014 from Oct 14 to 17 at Pearl Continental Hotel, Lahore.  The event will be visited by a large number of buyers from across the world while over 50 national manufacturers will display their products in the exhibition.