KARACHI-The 8th biennial International Defense Exhibition and Seminar- 2014 (IDEAS-2014) is being held at the Karachi Expo Center from December 1 to 4, 2014.

The IDEAS-2014 has received overwhelming response from exhibitors and delegates from around the world, which will boost the organizers confidence and assure the success of IDEAS-2014.

Commodore Tahir JavedDirector Media of Defense Export Promotion Organization (DEPO), Ministry of Defense Production said this while giving a press briefing to the media at the Karachi Expo Centre today after the curtain raising ceremony of the IDEAS-2014. Director Coordination DEPO Brigadier MazharMumtaz, SSP Traffic Central Muhammad Jahangir Mughal, Mr. Badar,and Expo Solutions Chief Operating Officer Mr. ZohairNaseer were also present.

The Exhibition will open on Dec 1for delegates comprising senior officials of foreign countries, exhibitors and trade visitors from abroad and inland. He stated that the holding of IDEAS-2014 was a moment of pride for all organizers and was a clear manifestation that Pakistan did not lag behind in quality defense production.

The Director Media highlighted that a very positive response had been received from the invited foreign defense delegations and 88 delegations would represent different countries from around the world; of these around 47 high-leveldelegations were headed either by the Defense Ministers, Joint Chiefs, Services Chiefs or Defense Secretaries of the representing countries. In addition to this a total of 333 firms would exhibit their products, including 256 foreign and 77 Pakistani exhibiters.

He said the organizers “have booked a major portion of available space at the Karachi Expo Center to accommodate defense companies from Turkey, China, North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Far East.”

He said Pakistan would be exhibiting some of the major indigenously developed products in IDEAS-2014 which would include Main Battle Tank Al–Khalid, JF–17 Thunder Fighter Aircraft and Armored Personnel Carriers, etc.

He said that during IDEAS-2014, there multiple high-level meetings have been planned on the sideline of the exhibition between foreign delegates, key government officials, and participants of the exhibition for forging alliances in defense production and export.

An International Defense Seminar would be an important facet of the IDEAS-2014, which would be held in a 5-Star Hotel in the evening of the opening day that is Dec 1, 2014.

He said special arrangements were being made to facilitate coverage of the event by local and international media as media’s role in the present era could not be undermined.

Thanking the media for their coverage of IDEAS-2014 he said it was of great significance as almost every region of the world would have representation in it and hoped media will showcase the event.

He said the presence of large number of international media showed the importance of IDEAS-2014. As this Media presence would play a key role in promoting potential of Pakistan Defense Industry on the international market.

On the occasion, DrAamir Ahmed Shaikh, DIG Traffic Central briefed the newsmen about the Traffic Plan and alternate arrangements for traffic in order to facilitate public during the rush hours of IDEAS-2014.He shared a traffic re-routing plan to be in place around the Karachi Expo Center so the media could highlight this so the citizens would know about the traffic arrangements and use alternate routes during the event.