ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Commerce and Trade Khurram Dastgir has assured national furniture industry for extensive governmental support to enhance country’s export and betterment of business environment.
While addressing the inaugural session of capital’s first ever national level furniture exhibition “Interior Pakistan” on (Friday), federal minister said that the business community suffered a lot in last decade due to insufficient government policies, energy crisis and above all due to security issues but the current government of PML-N was committed to provide extensive support to business community to achieve targets in national economy.
The Inaugural Ceremony of the 3rd Expo of the Pakistan Furniture Council was extremely well attended by members of the Diplomatic Corps, with more than thirty ambassadors, Government Officials and stakeholders of the furniture industry. The three-day exhibition began on Friday at the Tulip Hall and entices visitors with a whopping 20% discount on all purchases made at the event.
Engineer Khurram Dastgir congratulated the Pakistan Furniture Council on the extensive showcasing of the furniture industry they had achieved without the involvement of the Government and expressed his commitment to support future endeavors. He was also immensely appreciative of the various stalls during the tour of the exhibition halls.
Ambassador Rodolfo Martin Saravia, Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, Ambassador of Argentina and Guest of Honor at the event, said, “It has always been my practice and privilege to promote Pakistani industry and products within Pakistan, in my own country and amongst the Diplomatic Corps. The furniture industry in Pakistan has great potential as it can be both a labour intensive and capital intensive sector. Skilled craftsmen can create unique pieces while large scale factories can produce many identical units – in both cases adding to the employment.”
He added, “I am delighted to support the Pakistan Furniture Council, a body committed to promoting Pakistani skill and craftsmanship, as well as creating international linkages to encourage trade. Argentina has been host to the FIMAR, Argentina's International Furniture Fair for the past many years and in our experience, a consolidated trade fair such as FIMAR reflects the tremendous growth that the industry has achieved over recent years, not only in products but also in design, technology, innovation and associative integration. It is my hope that Interiors Pakistan will achieve a similar scale and popularity and that the members of the Pakistan Furniture Council will participate in the FIMAR.”
Mian Muhammad Kashif Ashfaq welcomed the dignitaries to the 3rd annual exhibition of Pakistan Furniture Council’s flagship brand - Interiors Pakistan. He said, “The first 2 exhibitions were held in Lahore to great acclaim, and this is the first time we at Islamabad are hosting. PFC has done a lot to promote interior designers and furniture manufacturers from all over Pakistan, both nationally and internationally. What is more, this is also a good platform for new talent to come forward and be recognized. Through these exhibitions the Pakistan Furniture Council has laid the groundwork for furniture related commerce to move forward effectively and expand their market and in turn serve the economy of Pakistan.”