PAAPAM to organise auto show on April 12
Pakistan Association of Automotive Parts and Accessories Manufacturers (PAAPAM) is going to organize Pakistan Auto Show (PAPS), 2019 from April 12 to 14 at Expo Center, Karachi with the largest ever participation of international exhibitors.
As many as 107 foreign exhibitors from China, Thailand, Malaysia, Holland and others are participating in the event, which is the largest ever participation in any PAPS started in 2013. Speaking at a press conference held at local hotel here, Muhammad Ashraf Shaikh, chairman PAAPAM along with Mashood Ali Khan, convener PAPS, Shariq Sohail and others said that total 107 international exhibitors, 89 local, 28 sponsors, 03 universities, and 18 support organizations were taking part in this event. The aim of PAPS is to provide a platform to the industry to showcase its capability and potential to the world, he said and added that new entrants including KIA and Changan would be displaying some of their potential offerings to Pakistan at the exhibition, which was expected to be inaugurated by Razzak Dawood, advisor to PM on commerce, textile, industry and production and investment.
Mashood Ali Khan said: “We would like to develop and strengthen our international relationships which have been made after years of work. Export Orientation will be the key to introduce new and upgraded technology”, adding that the objective of the event was strengthening previous relations with OEMs and striving to increase localization content. During Q/A session, Chairman PAAPAM said that govt was evolving policy to escalate auto parts export to US$ 1 billion in next five years, which was presently stood at $70 m and added that in past, auto exports depended on individual efforts but now the govt had prioritized auto sector for exports, which he termed as positive sign for the sector. Shariq said that the government had revived the EDB and appointed its chairman to make autonomous board. Mashood said that five members of PAAPAM were supplying parts to the Pakistan Air Force for JF-17 Thunder combat aircraft.