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Expo Pakistan 2012 sheds new light on surgical industry.

| By Muhammad Al-Mumen (with photos) KARACHI, Oct 8 (KUNA) -- The 7th Expo Pakistan 2012, which was held at the Karachi Expo Centre from October 4 to October 7, featured around 350 Pakistani companies and manufactures that showcased various Pakistani made products of different fields of life. Products from surgical, industrial, commercial, cultural, and sports fields were displayed to over 1,000 international business representatives, buyers and guests. Out of these fields, the surgical was one of an interest especially for many European and North American guests and buyers due to participation of around 16 Pakistani surgical companies for the first time in the expo. The surgical industry in Pakistan is based mainly in the city of Sialkot, where over 1,000 surgical unites manufacture and export instruments to countries from all over the world.

Syed Fiaz Bukhari, a local owner of a surgical manufacturing company named A.L.M. Surgicare, based in Sialkot, pointed out in an interview with KUNA that Pakistani surgical equipment were already reaching US, European, and Middle Eastern markets in large number.

"We are manufacturers of surgical instruments and we have our own manufacturing units that supply the best quality instruments to all over the world. We are even a main supplier to German manufactures," Bukhari said.

"We are also supplying to GCC countries, especially Kuwait. We have three to four Kuwaiti customers, most prominently is Al-Rabiah Medical Center," he added, pointing out at the same time that his company's trade volume of annual exports to Kuwait is worth USD 150,000. Also, Bukhari noted that he exports his products to some Arab countries such as Saudi Arabia, UAE, Iraq, Syria, and Yemen, adding that he also exports to some European and North American countries such as UK, Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, and United States.

"We hope to expand our businesses further and we are trying to promote our products by participating in many worldwide exhibitions and events such as this Expo Pakistan, as well as other exhibitions Germany, Korea, USA, and Indonesia," said the Pakistani businessman.

He indicated that Pakistani surgical instruments are known throughout the world for their competitiveness, effectiveness, and durability, pointing out that they are earning "precious" foreign exchange worth millions of dollars for the country.

"We have our own products and we are producing them in a very high quality. Expo Pakistan would also help Pakistan's economy and attract international buyers and investors from various countries to visit Karachi," Bukhari noted to KUNA.

On his part, Jehangir Bajwa, chairman of Surgical Instruments Manufacturers Association of Pakistan (SIMAP), he told KUNA that Expo Pakistan is a very important event for the Pakistani surgical industry.

"This year; around 16 companies from the surgical industry in Pakistan are taking part for the first time in this expo and displaying their products, which indicates how important this event is for our industry," said Bajwa. He noted that Expo Pakistan would have a very positive and good impact on Pakistani economy due to its popularity among international visitors from around the globe. "Our embassies around the world through their commercial consolers are inviting large number of potential buyers to visit this expo and it will benefit Pakistani exports, as well as Pakistani medical field," Bajwa told KUNA.

On the other hand, Bajwa expressed his hope that GCC countries would increase their imports of surgical instruments from Pakistan due to the products' high quality and low costs. "We always stress on the subject of eliminating the role of mediators because some German companies which import medical instruments from our manufacturers in cheap prices, he said, indicating that "they would, afterwards, attach their own logo on the instruments and export them in very high prices to some GCC countries, including Kuwait." Also, he disclosed that the country's surgical exports are estimated at around USD 225 million, while the total capital investment in the surgical industry is estimated at PKR 20 billion.

In addition, Bajwa pointed out to KUNA that there are about 1,000 to 1,200 active small and medium surgical units. The number of workers in the surgical industry is about 500,000. The industry manufactures about 110 million instruments annually. (end) ma.rk KUNA 081448 Oct 12NNNN

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