5-day Rawal Expo to start on May 10


A five-day Rawal Expo 2017 will start here, on May 10, at Topi Rakh Auditorium, Ayub Park. All arrangements in this regard are being finalized by the Rawalpindi chamber of commerce and industry (RCCI).

Addressing a press conference on Tuesday, President RCCI Raja Amer Iqbal informed that a federal minister would be the chief guest at the inaugural ceremony to be held at 6.00pm on May 10.

Member national assembly Malik Ibrar, Member Punjab assembly Raja Hanif advocate, former RCCI presidents, Chairman expo committee Malik Shahid Saleem and RCCI members were also present on the occasion.

RCCI would make all out efforts to make it a business cum family event, he said, adding that it is an opportunity for the traders to get exposure and display their products and services to potential customers.

He informed that the expo would provide ample opportunity to the business community to showcase and advertise their products and services. Over 70 renowned local brands besides 12 to 15 international companies would be participating in the expo.

He informed that around 175,000 participants were recorded last year. The committee is expecting over 500,000 citizens at the expo this year.

The president said that foolproof arrangements would be made to ensure security. The law enforcement agencies have been taken on-board.

He said that entry would be free but the visitors must have their identity cards to show at the entry gate.

Raja Amer said that the RCCI had been arranging expos titled ‘Made in Pakistan’ in many countries including India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, United Kingdom and United States which were quite successful and it enhanced country’s exports.

He stated that the stall holders can test marketing of their products and services with a heavy flow of visitors.

The traders will also get the opportunity to become a part of RCCI, he said, adding that there would be stalls particularly for industrial products, garments, leather products and furniture.

Separate stalls would also be set up in the food court, he said.

Foreign diplomats particularly from Thailand, Indonesia, China, Nepal, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and other countries would also visit the expo and their cultural shows would be presented to entertain the visitors, he added.

He stated that the expo features food festival, kids carnival, live music, social evening, auto show and lucky draws. Dignitaries, foreign diplomats, business associations, business leaders, RCCI corporate class members, RCCI associate class members, academia and students, showbiz and media celebrities and general public would visit the expo, he said.

The president said that the twin cities, Islamabad and Rawalpindi, having major manufacturing units in its surrounding had gained special attention and RCCI is striving to boost commercial and industrial activities in the Potohar region.