LAHORE - The country’s largest and most expensive upcoming Expo Pakistan 2012 is going to be held without producing sound results as organizer TDAP has not completed homework to face such an eventuality.

The Pakistan Readymade Garments Manufacturers & Exporters Association (PRGMEA) revealed that the seventh Expo Pakistan 2012, which is being held in Karachi in the first week of October, will yield no results, as the organisers have not yet consulted any real stakeholders, including manufacturers, value-added textile exporters, representative associations or the FPCCI. It said that Trade Development Authority of Pakistan, which is presently running without any chairman, is going to waste taxpayers’ money on holding such a mega exhibition, costing millions of dollars, as the organisers have no buyers list from international market. And the exporters, who can provide them the list of the real buyers of Pakistani products from across the world, have not been consulted to date while time of show is running short rapidly.

The TDAP is, in fact, planning to invite hundreds of fake buyers from different countries, whose all traveling, hoteling expenditures will be bared by Pakistan government, said PRGMEA North Zone Chairman Sohail Afzal Sheikh.

Sohail, who is a noted garments exporter, said that TDAP officials planned to invite their relatives on govt expanses but in papers, they will be shown as Pakistani products buyers.

He said that exporters are the real stakeholders of such mega exhibitions and who have a long list of the real buyers. They should be consulted to invite the real customers, as millions of rupees of taxpayers will be spent on them.

“Every Pakistani knows that the business situation is worsening day by day because of bad governance, growing corruption, worsening law and order and a grave situation in energy and communication sectors of the country. The World Bank has just recently issued a report where it shows that Pakistan’s ranking has been deteriorating and it has been sited at 105th place in the world since the last year’s 96th,” observed PRGMEA Chairman.

PRGMEA former central chairman and chief coordinator Ijaz Khokhar suggested that in view of deteriorating law and order situation in the country, the mega show should have been held in Lahore, as a grand expo centre also exists in the city.

He said that the corruption and misuse of power can be judged by a small example that at the time of sixth Karachi Expo, each trade association had been given 100 invitation cards to be distributed among members to mobilise business community but this time no cards have been distribution among organisations.