Commerce minister opens furniture exhibition

LAHORE – Federal Commerce Minister Khurram Dastgir has said that the federal government would provide every possible support to Pakistan furniture industry to exhibit its products at international level.

While talking to media after inaugurating 6th Interiors Pakistan Exhibition organised by Pakistan Furniture Council (PFC) at Expo Centre in Lahore on otherday, he said that with this exhibition, people would also come to know about quality and designs of the products manufactured by Pakistani artists. Appreciating the efforts of PFC, the minister said it was a pleasant surprise for him to see variety of classy and outclass local handmade and solid furniture under one roof which has potential to capture foreign buyers in international markets. He said that trade fairs are among the most important instruments in business-to-business communications and PFC is holding consecutively exhibitions in different cities of the country for promotion of the furniture industry. He added the government would provide all kinds of support to furniture producers and designers to conduct international exhibitions abroad.

He said Pakistan was moving forward in a better position to attract investment and it was highly appreciable that PFC was exerting full force to create opportunities for foreign investment in the country by creating business-to-business contacts with foreign furniture producers. He said that Pakistan’s investment profile has been upgraded by all leading rating agencies on account of successful economic reforms and improved security situation.

Khurram Dastgir said that workers of this industry have great skills and potential and if used properly, Pakistan could become the best exporter of furniture.

The commerce minister said that with development of furniture industry, it would be easy to meet local and international needs.

Later, the minister also visited various stalls of the exhibition.

PFC CEO Mian Kashif Ashfaq said that Pakistan furniture industry has made great strides during past recent years and growing interior industry has paved the way for skilled workers to show their abilities.