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June 30, 2011

MEGATECH 2010

The 8th edition of the International Machinery Exhibition of Garment & Textile Technology

MEGATECH Pakistan 4 – 6 MARCH 2010, KARACHI EXPO CENTRE is poised to introduce overseas suppliers of textile & garment materials, accessories & parts and machinery to the textile industry of Pakistan. This will complement their efforts for high quality, value added products and assist them to further develop their business in the export markets.

The event is an excellent platform for textile machinery manufacturers to maximise their exposure, establish new business leads and strengthen existing contacts with the local market. The show is well attended by textile and garment manufacturers, exporters, key decision makers and distributors from across Pakistan.

VISITOR PROFILE

Textile Manufacturers

. Garment Manufacturers

. Knitwear Manufacturers

. Garment & Textile Machinery Importers & Exporters

. Leather Goods Manufacturers

. Laundry Operators & Drycleaners
BRIDGING THE INTERNATIONAL & LOCAL TEXTILE MARKETS
Pakistan is ranked as the world’s fourth largest producer and the third largest consumer of cotton, with a spinning capacity of 2.89 million kgs of yarn and weaving capacity of 8.94 million sqm of cloth. The textile industry of Pakistan contributes over 50% to the country’s total exports with an investment of US$ 7 billion over the past six years. Textile exports in the last fiscal year were US$ 9.48 billion. There are more than 4000 textile related industrial units operating in Pakistan out of which 90% of the units are using latest machinery and imported parts. In order to facilitate the local textile industry, the Government of Pakistan has allowed duty free import of a wide range of textile machinery and equipment. This has opened a gateway of opportunities for leading machinery and equipment manufactures.
The unprecedented developments in the textile industry have increased the importance of MEGATECH Pakistan in this region. Over the years the show has gained an excellent reputation at an international level and is recognized as a business-intensive event for the textile and garment industry.

Last year, the event had the presence of more than 400 companies representing 28 countries. The show was visited by 8,000 business professionals affiliated with the textile and garment industry. In addition, there was a High Level Technical Textiles Conference, which brought together eminent industry professionals to share their knowledge and technical expertise with the participants.
The 8th edition of the International Machinery Exhibition of Garment & Textile Technology – MEGATECH Pakistan is scheduled from 4 – 6 March, 2010, at the Karachi Expo Centre. It is poised to introduce international suppliers of textile machinery and its related parts & accessories to the textile industry of Pakistan and to discuss areas of mutual interests with their Pakistani counterparts. This year, the exhibition will have special emphasis on technical textiles and textile engineering, enlightening the trade visitors with new technology and modern methodologies being used for textiles and garments manufacturing.
MEGATECH 2010 is also organising a ‘Knowledge Village – Pavilion’ for leading local textile research and development universities/institutes to display their research projects with the latest innovations and developments catering the local textile industry. The pavilion is aimed at creating synergy between textile industry and research centres of local textile university/institutes to explore new avenues of business in the textile industry.
The 3rd International Technical Textiles Conference co-located with MEGATECH 2010, will emphasise on the advancements in Medical and Geo textiles. The conference will be a unique opportunity to gain valuable insights of experts from U.K., India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan about the nature and prospects of technical textiles.
With the strong support of Ministry of Textile, Board of Investment (BOI), Engineering Development Board (EDB), leading textile associations of Pakistan, and The Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FCCI); MEGATECH Pakistan 2010 is geared up as the first show of the season and is attracting a good number of visitors from leading textile cities especially from Faisalabad, Lahore and Karachi. In addition, 16 international and local publications are supporting the event providing global and nationwide coverage.
Many international textile machinery manufacturing companies are joining MEGATECH Pakistan to showcase the products to their target market as it continues to attract key visitors from all the major textile cities of Pakistan. MEGATECH being the preferred show of the local textile industry will once again be an ideal opportunity for textile machinery manufacturers to increase their business leads and increase their existing market portfolio.

Pakistan’s textile industry is the major contributor to the national economy in every aspect, be it exports, share in manufacturing or employment generation. Pakistan holds the distinction of being the world’s 4th largest producer of cotton as well as being the 3rd largest consumer of the same. In the period July 2007 – June 2008, textile exports were US$ 10.62 Billion and accounted for 55% of the total exports.

The International Machinery Exhibition of Garment and Textile Technology (MEGATECH Pakistan) is a leading annual exhibition that is organised by Pegasus Consultancy to boost the capabilities of the Pakistani textile industry. The 7th edition of the show will be held at the Karachi Expo Centre from 3rd to 6th March, 2009.

MEGATECH PAKISTAN 2009 will broaden opportunities for the foreign textile machinery manufacturers to enter Pakistan’s textile market and engage in profitable business ventures. More than 300 international and local companies are expected to participate in the show mainly from Italy, Turkey, China, Germany & Taiwan.

At the same time, the leading local textile and garment players as well as prominent buyers from the Middle East and South Asian region will witness new technologies for upgrading their production facilities. Exporters, importers and trade associations will benefit greatly by interacting with their international counterparts and exploring new avenues for expansion of textile trade.

Another important feature of MEGATECH PAKISTAN is the 2nd Technical Textiles Conference, scheduled to be held from 4 – 5 March, 2009. The conference is a joint collaboration of Pegasus Consultancy and Textile Institute of Pakistan to highlight the application of nonwoven fabrics as technical textiles. The conference will be addressed by eminent international speakers from countries like U.K., Hong Kong, India and Turkey. Distinguished professors from the leading textile universities of Pakistan will also present technical papers at the conference.

The show is endorsed by the Ministry of Textile Industry & Textile Commissioner’s Organisation, while it is also actively supported by government bodies and trade associations including Board of Investment (BoI), Engineering Development Board (EDB), Textile Machinery Manufacturers and Supplier’s Association of Pakistan (TEXMAP), All Pakistan Bedsheets & Upholstery Manufacturers Association (APBUMA).

Others include Pakistan Bedwear Exporters Association (PBEA), Pakistan Cloth Merchants Association (PCMA), Pakistan Knitwear & Sweater Exporters Association (PAKSEA), Pakistan Readymade Garments Manufacturers & Exporters Association (PRGMEA), All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA), All Pakistan Textile Processing Mills Association (APTPMA), Pakistan Hosiery Manufacturers Association (PHMA), Pakistan Textile Exporters Association (PTEA) and Towel Manufacturer’s Association of Pakistan (TMA).

MEGATECH Pakistan 2009 willalso be covered by a large number of local as well as foreign media partners, including 15 supporting publications from different parts of the world.

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June 30, 2011

China says military talks with India successful

Both sides say they are willing to work hard together to ensure peace and tranquility on the border. PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING: China’s Defence Ministry said on Wednesday that a recent visit by an Indian military delegation had been successful and would benefit relations after a freeze in ties last year over a visa row.

“Last year, Sino-Indian military exchanges experienced some
difficulties, but both sides worked hard to find a good way
of resolving this,” ministry spokesman Yang Yujun told a news
conference, according to a transcript posted on the ministry’s
website.

“Both sides said that they were willing to work hard
together to ensure peace and tranquility on the border and
further promote exchanges between their militaries,” Yang said.

India and China, emerging rivals for resources and global
influence, fought a border in the 1960s and have been wary
neighbours ever since. China also occupies a part of the
Himalayan region of Kashmir which India claims as its own.
Yang said he believed the visit had been conducive towards
promoting trust and the development of military relations.

“China hopes that China and India can further promote
the development of military ties,” Yang said, without giving any
other details.

China last August denied a visa to an Indian general in
charge of operations in the disputed Kashmir region, which lead
to a suspension of military contacts between the two growing
powers.

India protested in 2009 against a Chinese embassy policy of
issuing different visas to residents of Indian Kashmir. New
Delhi bristles at any hint that Kashmir, where a separatist
insurgency has raged for two decades, is not part of India.
India’s old rival Pakistan also claims Kashmir.

June 30, 2011

West queries China over Pakistan nuclear ties

Beijing’s nuclear ties with Islamabad have caused unease in Washington, Delhi and other capitals. PHOTO: FILE

VIENNA: Western nations pressed China at closed-door nuclear talks to provide more information and help address concerns about its plans to expand an atomic energy plant in Pakistan, diplomatic sources said on Wednesday.

But China showed no sign of reconsidering its position on building two more reactors at the Chashma nuclear power complex in Pakistan’s Punjab region, said the sources who attended a June 23-24 meeting of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).

Beijing’s nuclear ties with Islamabad have caused unease in Washington, Delhi and other capitals. They are worried about Pakistan’s history of spreading nuclear arms technology and the integrity of international non-proliferation rules.

Washington and other governments have said China should seek approval for the planned reactors from the NSG, a 46-nation, consensus-based cartel that seeks to ensure nuclear exports do not get used for military purposes.

Beijing is likely to shun such calls, arguing that the construction of two additional units at Chashma would be part of a bilateral deal sealed before it joined the NSG in 2004. China also supplied the facility’s first two reactors.

The United States and European countries made statements at the meeting in the Dutch town of Noordwijk that “both expressed concern and asked the Chinese to provide more information”, one diplomat who attended the talks said.

“The Chinese came back and said that as far as they were concerned Chashma 3 and 4 came under the agreement that was grandfathered when they joined in 2004 and that is as far as they feel they need to go,” the diplomat added.

The NSG’s annual plenary session addressed a range of nuclear-related issues, and agreed to tighten guidelines for the transfer of sensitive enrichment and reprocessing technology that can be used to develop nuclear weapons.

But a statement about the talks did not mention Chashma.

“It is a very sensitive topic,” said one European official.

Possible compromise?

Another diplomat who declined to be named said: “A number of countries expressed concern and requested more information. There was a brief response from China.”

Close relations between China and Pakistan reflect a long-standing shared wariness of their common neighbour, India, and a desire to hedge against US influence across the region.

Chinese nuclear companies have not issued detailed information about when they will start building the new units, but contracts have been signed and financing is being secured.

To receive nuclear exports, nations that are not one of the five officially recognised atomic weapons states must usually place all their nuclear activities under the safeguards of the UN International Atomic Energy Agency, NSG rules say.

When the United States sealed a nuclear supply deal with India in 2008 that China and other countries found questionable because Delhi, like Islamabad, is outside the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), Washington won a waiver from that rule after contentious negotiations.

Pakistan wants a similar civilian nuclear agreement with the United States to help meet its growing energy needs.

But Washington is reluctant, largely because a Pakistani nuclear scientist, Abdul Qadeer Khan, admitted in 2004 to transferring nuclear secrets to North Korea, Iran and Iraq.

The first diplomat suggested that a possible way forward on Chashma was if China said that the two new reactors would be the last it claims do not need approval from the NSG.

“What in reality is needed is something that says: this is it, this is the end. And if Chashma 3 and 4 are the end, that is possibly a price worth paying,” the diplomat said.

Nuclear analyst Mark Hibbs said he believed China would press ahead with its Pakistan reactor plans and that there were divisions among other NSG states on how to respond to this.

“A kind of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell policy’ would be very damaging for the credibility of the NSG,” said Hibbs, of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.