Press Releases ITIF Asia

President S.I.T.E. Association, Junaid Email Makda inaugurated 13th ITIF Asia 2016

The 13th ITIF Asia 2016 incorporating 10th Power and Alternative Energy Asia, 12th Oil & Gas Asia, 13th Engineering Asia and 13th Auto & Transport Asia commenced from 26th January 2016 at Karachi expo centre. President S.I.T.E Association of Industry Junaid Esmail Makda inaugurated the event as the Honourable Chief Guest.

More than 100 National and International Companies are participating in this trade fair and Over 65 foreign delegates mainly from China, Korea, Iran and Taiwan gathered at the platform of 13th ITIF Asia 2016. One of the main highlight of this trade fair is the Auto show jointly organized by Ecommerce Gateway and Carmudi.

Mr. Junaid Ismail Makda said,"As President SITE Association and council member of ICC Pakistan World Chamber Federation, I am delighted to see that ITIF Asia International Trade & Industry Fair is being organized for the thirteenth time at Karachi Expo Centre which has always played its part to increase exports and GDP and its contribution in the field of Renewable Energy is commendable".

He further said," It becomes imperative for the industries in Pakistan to rapidly adjust to these advances. 10-15 years old machinery become obsolete and is required to be replaced with latest machines and equipments for most effective and efficient production and it has now become must to address the crucial energy problems especially of the seven industrial areas of Karachi which are predominantly dotted with large number of industries."

He also added,"ITIF Asia is playing a pivotal role in the field of Renewable Energy as it introduced international value added machinery which can boost up our exports. Government is also playing a major role in boosting exports and solving the energy needs of the country."

This event is also attended by Sajjad Hussain Abbasi, Administrator Karachi, Mr. Trariq Rangoonwala, Chairman, National Committee of ICC, Mr. Muhammad Jawed Bilwani, Chairman, Pakistan Apparel Forum, Mr. Zahid Saeed, President, Korangi Association of Trade & Industry, Mr. Zain Bashir, President, Landhi Association of Trade & Industry, Mr. Abdullah Abid, President, Federal B. Area Association, Mr. Muhammad Younus, Senior Vice President, North Karachi Association, Mr. Mehtabuddin Chawla, President, SITE Super Highway Association of Trade & Industry and other dignitaries.

Dr. Khursheed Nizam, President, Ecommerce Gateway thanked all the participants, foreign delegates and Karachi Industrial Forum and all its associated Associations for their unconditional support and assistance.

This 3-days event will continue till 28 January, 2016 and this trade fair is organized by Ecommerce Gateway Pakistan; the UFI (Paris) Approved Event Organizer of Pakistan.
 


12th ITIF Asia 2015 ~ International Trade & Industry Fair commenced at Karachi Expo Centre.

Chief Executive, Trade Development Authority of Pakistan, Mr. S.M. Muneer alongwith the Mr. Mohammad Rafi, MD&CEO, OGDCL, Mr. Shamsuddin Shaikh, Managing Director, Engro PowerGen, Mr. Kalim A. Siddiqui, CEO REHKAL and Engr. Inam A. Osmani inaugurated the 12th ITIF Asia Intíl Exhibition & Energy Convention 2015 at Karachi Expo Centre  The 3-day Event is being organized by Ecommerce Gateway Pakistan (Pvt.) Ltd. ITIF Asia incorporates 9th Power & Alternative Energy Asia Exhibition; 11th Oil & Gas Asia; 11th Auto & Transport Asia Int'l Exhibitions. The Chief Guest then visited stalls and met local & foreign exhibitors.

Achievements, Potential, Funding Opportunities, initiatives and implementations of ICT in Power & Energy Sector were brought into limelight by the competent Speakers included S.M. Muneerr, Chief Executive, TDAP; Engr. I.A. Osmani, Chairman Osmani & Co; Brig (R) Dr. Nasim A. Khan, AE Status in Pakistan; Mr. Kalim A. Siddiqui, CEO REHKAL,.

ITIF Asia is the only UFI approved Event of Trade sector in Pakistan. ITIF Asia has always provided the stakeholders an effective platform with a single marketplace where local and international manufacturers can display their latest products in technology and design, establish new contacts, renew old ties and exchange ideas. There are more than 100 stalls in the Exhibition where more than 48 intíl & domestic Exhibitors and 51 foreign delegates from 13 countries, including China, Taiwan, Indonesia, Singapore, Turkey, U.S.A, and more etc. are showcasing their products and services.

The Event is being organized by Ecommerce Gateway Pakistan (Pvt.) Ltd. with the support of Ministries of Water & Power; Petroleum & Natural Resources; Ministry of Environment & Alternative Energy Govt. of Sindh, Pakistan Engineering Council, Alternative Energy Department, Renewable and Alternative Energy Association of Pakistan, Alternative Energy Development Board, RESEARCH, Engineering Development Board, Pakistan Renewable Energy Society, Board of Investment and Trade Development Authority of Pakistan. The Osmani & Company Ltd & REHKAL is Co-Organizer of the Event.

It is expected that more than 35,000 trade / corporate visitors will attend the Event in three days.
 


11th ITIF Asia International Trade & Industry Fair commenced today at Karachi Expo Centre.

Dr. Mirza Ikhtiar Baig, Former Advisor to PM on Textile, Chailrman Pakistan Textile and Member Board of Management Pakistan State Oil, Dr. Khuirsheed Nizam, President Ecommerce Gateway Pakistan inaugurated the 11th ITIF Asia Int’l Exhibition.

ITIF-asia-exhibition-inauguration-2014Dr. Mirza Ikhtiar Baig, Former Advisor to PM on Textile, Chailrman Pakistan Textile and Member Board of Management Pakistan State Oil, Dr. Khuirsheed Nizam, President Ecommerce Gateway Pakistan inaugurated the 11th ITIF Asia Int’l Exhibition at Karachi Expo Centre today.

The 3-day Event is being organized by Ecommerce Gateway Pakistan (Pvt.) Ltd. ITIF Asia incorporates Power & Alternative Energy Asia Exhibition; Oil & Gas Asia; Auto & Transport Asia Int'l Exhibitions.

The Chief Guest then visited stalls and met local & foreign exhibitors. There are 100 int’l & domestic Exhibitors and 51 foreign delegates from 9 countries, including China, India, Sri-Lanka, Taiwan, U.S.A, Korea, Germany, Netherland, Turkey, Canada, Singapore, UAE and more etc.Dr. Baig on his visit to the stalls informed that Pakistan public and private sector are interested to do investment in power sector to meet the energy demand in order to put the country to high growth mode.

Dr. Baig said that due to energy shortfall, presently our country is losing 2% GDP growth every year. He appreciated Petroleum Minister’s statement that CNG price will be linked with imported LNG but still will be 20% cheaper than the petrol price. He said that presently we have only two choices, no gas OR expensive gas and the people are preparing themselves to opt for the later to run the wheels of their industry. He said that alternative energy is the future of our industry and would improve our energy mix cost.

ITIF-asia-Conference-Inauguration-2014Baig congratulated the organizers Ecommerce Gateway for their timely efforts to organize this important exhibition. ITIF Asia is the only UFI approved Event of Trade sector in Pakistan. ITIF Asia has always provided the stakeholders an effective platform with a single marketplace where local and international manufacturers can display their latest products in technology and design, establish new contacts, renew old ties and exchange ideas. There are more than 100 stalls in the Exhibition where more than 40 international & domestic exhibitors are showcasing their products and services. Over 51 foreign delegates are also gracing the event from more than 13 countries including China, India, Sri-Lanka, Taiwan, U.S.A, Korea, Germany, Netherland, Turkey, Canada, Singapore, UAE and more etc.

The Event to be open only for Trade Corporate Visitors from 10 AM to 7 PM daily. The Event is being organized by Ecommerce Gateway Pakistan (Pvt.) Ltd. with the support of Ministries of Water & Power; Petroleum and Natural Resources; Ministry of Environment & Alternative Energy Govt. of Sindh, Pakistan Engineering Council, Alternative Energy Department, Renewable and Alternative Energy Association of Pakistan, Alternative Energy Development Board, RESEARCH, Engineering Development Board, Pakistan Renewable Energy Society, Board of Investment and Trade Development Authority of Pakistan.


10th ITIF Asia ~ International Trade & Industry Fair commenced today at Karachi Expo Centre.

Chairman Sindh Board of Investment, Mr. Zubair Motiwala inaugurated the 10th ITIF Asia Int’l Exhibition at Karachi Expo Centre today.

The 3-day Event is being organized by Ecommerce Gateway Pakistan (Pvt.) Ltd. ITIF Asia incorporates 7th Power & Alternative Energy Asia Exhibition; 9th Oil & Gas Asia; 9th Auto & Transport Asia Int'l Exhibitions. The Chief Guest then visited stalls and met local & foreign exhibitors. There are more than 100 stalls in the Exhibition where more than 40 international & domestic exhibitors are showcasing their products and services. Over 51 foreign delegates are also gracing the event from more than 13 countries including China, Australia, India, Sri-Lanka, Taiwan, U.S.A, Korea, Germany, Netherland, Turkey, Canada, Singapore, UAE and more etc.


The International Conference on Alternative Energy (ICAE) with the theme of Exploring Market Opportunities & Adapting Emerging Technologies was inaugurated by Mohsin-e-Pakistan Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan, NI, HI & BAR also held today.
Achievements, Potential, Funding Opportunities, initiatives Alternative Energy Sector were brought into limelight by the competent Speakers including S.M. Munir, Vice Chairman MCB; Engr. I.A. Osmani, Chairman Osmani & Co; Brig (R) Dr. Nasim A. Khan, AE Status in Pakistan; Dr. Patric Kleineidam, Lahmeyer International GmbH; I. A. Moirza, CEO Renewable Resources; Javed Khan, DESCON; Mr. Guenter Zwickl, Managing Director Siemens Pakistan; Mr. B.H. Sung, Director Korea Trade Promotion Agency; Dr. Pollalis Harvard Univ, RE Latest Intervations; Engr. Arif Osmani, DCK Pakistan; Syed Imran Shah, Project Incharge, FFCEL Wind; Brig (R) M. Rafique, Project Director DHA Karachi; Dr. Tilo Klinner, Consul General Germany; Chairman Pakistan Engineering Council; Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan, Mohsin-e-Pakistan NI, HI & BARs, Mir Hussain Ali, Secretary AED Sindh; Umer Yaqoob, Manager Bridge Factor; M. Zeeshan Khan, NORDEX Wind.

The Event is being organized with the support of Ministries of Water & Power; Petroleum & Natural Resources; Ministry of Environment & Alternative Energy Govt. of Sindh, Pakistan Engineering Council, Alternative Energy Department, Renewable and Alternative Energy Association of Pakistan, Alternative Energy Development Board, RESEARCH, Engineering Development Board, Pakistan Renewable Energy Society, Board of Investment and Trade Development Authority of Pakistan.

It is expected that more than 35,000 trade / corporate visitors will attend the Event in three days.


9th ITIF Asia ~ International Trade & Industry Fair commenced today at Karachi Expo Centre. 

Sindh Information Minister Shazia Marri inaugurated the 9th ITIF Asia International Exhibition at Karachi Expo Centre today.

The 3-day Event is being organized by Ecommerce Gateway Pakistan (Pvt.) Ltd. ITIF Asia incorporates 6th Power & Alternative Energy Asia Exhibition & 6th Oil & Gas Asia International Exhibitions. The Chief Guest then visited stalls and met local & foreign exhibitors. There are 28 international & domestic Exhibitors and 51 foreign delegates from 11 countries, including Iran, Italy, Germany, Australia, Turkey, Canada, India & UAE.

The International Conference on Alternative Energy & Power (ICAEP) with the theme of Exploring Market Opportunities & Adapting Emerging Technologies was also held today.

 A Workshop on “ICT in Power & Energy” was also held today. Dr. Syed Aun Abbas, Chief Executive Officer - National ICT R&D Fund, Ministry of Information Technology, Government of Pakistan was the Chief Guest of the Workshop.

 The purpose of this workshop was to explore existing / potential role of ICTs in the sector. Potential audience included power sector decision makers / IT professionals, IT companies, academia, relevant ministries / departments, industry, trade associations and chambers of commerce. The CEO National ICT R&D Fund spoke about funding opportunities available for ICT R&D in Power & Alternative Energy sector.

 Achievements, Potential, Funding Opportunities, initiatives and implementations of ICT in Power & Energy Sector were brought into limelight by the competent Speakers included Mr. Nadeem Qureshi, Program Coordinator - Renewable Energy Society of Pakistan (RESEARCH); Engr. Rukhsana Zuberi, Chairperson, Women In Energy Pakistan; Mr. Irfan Yousuf, Deputy Director (CDM) – Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB); Mr. Muhammad Naveed Khan, Manager (Energy & Environment Cell), Pakistan Hosiery Manufacturers Association; Engr. Haroon Simon, Executive Engineer, Siemens Pakistan Engineering Co. Ltd. and Mr. Muhammad Zaid Azam, CEO - Sara Solar Pvt. Ltd.

 ITIF Asia is Pakistan's only Trade & Industry Fair approved by UFI, the Global Association of Exhibition Industry, France. Entry in the exhibition is restricted only for Trade/Corporate Visitors.

 


8th ITIF Asia commenced at Karachi Expo Centre, showcasing potential of Power and Alternative Energy, Auto & Transport, Engineering and Oil & Gas

 Sindh Minister for Environment & Alternative Energy inaugurated the Event.

Participants from more than 13 countries are attending

 
Karachi, Monday, March 28, 2011: 8th ITIF Asia commenced at Karachi Expo Centre, showcasing potential of Power and Alternative Energy, Auto & Transport, Engineering and Oil & Gas. Sindh Minister for Environment & Alternative Energy, Sheikh Muhammad Afzal inaugurated the Event along with CEO AEDB, Arif Allauddin and President Ecommerce Gateway, Dr. Khursheed Nizam.

 

The Event further incorporates 5th Power & Alternative Energy Asia, 7th Auto & Transport Asia, 8th Engineering Asia and 7th Oil & Gas Asia.

 

There are more than 210 stalls in the Exhibition where 86 international & domestic exhibitors are showcasing their products and services. Over 51 foreign delegates are also gracing the event from 13 countries including Australia, Turkey, Canada, Germany, India, UAE, etc. The Event will be open only for Trade Corporate Visitors from 10 AM to 7 PM daily till 30th March 2011.

While visiting the Exhibition, Minister extended warm welcome to all the participants. Speaking to the media at the occasion Sheikh Muhammad Afzal said “I firmly believe that the event would serve as an effective platform for entrepreneurs and investors from international and local business community to identify new investment opportunities not only in power & alternative energy sectors but the allied sectors being promoted under ITIF Asia”.

 

Minister opined that “It is pertinent to mention that Pakistan has a significant potential of wind energy in the coastal belt and in the desert areas, which has been lacking exploration. The Government is taking concerted efforts to promote alternative and renewable energy resources to enhance their share in energy mix and sustainability.”

 

“I believe that this gathering will provide an opportunity to utilize this renewable energy source significantly and to the best of capabilities.” Sheikh Muhammad Afzal added.

 

The Event is being organized by Ecommerce Gateway Pakistan (Pvt.) Ltd. with the support of Alternative Energy Development Board; Ministries of Water & Power; Petroleum & Natural Resources; Ministry of Environment & Alternative Energy, Government of Sindh and Engineering Development Board.

5th Int’l Conference on Alternative Energy & Power- ICAEP is also being held today in conjunction with the Exhibition, focusing on the “INITIATIVE, INNOVATION & INVESTMENT – A Roadmap to Smart Future”.

 Prominent participants of the Exhibition are Wellbeinggreen; AGECO, CERES Gulf; Orient Energy Systems; KK Power International; ELTEK Valiere; Karakoram Motors; Stahlco Motors; Sazgar; Agility, etc.

It is expected that more than 35,000 trade / corporate visitors will attend the Event in three days.
 


PRESS RELEASES ITIF ASIA 2010

3-day Power & Alternative Energy Asia Int’l Exhibition & Conference concludes Amid Hope & Commitment to Relieve the Nation from Energy Shortages through Renewables

Karachi March 29, 2010: 3-Day Power & Alternative Energy (ITIF Asia 2010) exhibition ended here today at Karachi Expo Centre with the commitment by all stakeholders to promote Alternative/ Renewable Energy technologies in Pakistan on a fast track basis to get the country rid of the acute energy shortages. The Exhibition was inaugurated by the Provincial Minister for Environment & Alternative Energy, Shaikh Muhammad Afzal,

The one-day Conference was inaugurated by the Provincial Minister for IT, Mohammad Raza Haroon.

The Event, like previous years, attracted large participation from across the world; this year more than 17 countries including China, India, Iran, Iraq, Malaysia, Russia, South Korea, UAE, USA, etc participated in the Event; whereas, approx 125 high level trade delegations including 35 businessmen/ entrepreneurs from Iraq are also participating in the Event with the objective of procurement, joint ventures and prospective collaborations.

The visitors were apprised of the enormous potential that Pakistan possessed in the field of alternative/ renewable energy. The foreign delegates and the Chief Guests and the Guests of Honor visited the stalls, met the domestic & foreign exhibitors and appreciated the enthusiasm displayed by the participants at the exhibition. They also stressed upon the point that Pakistan has enormous unexploited renewable energy resources – waiting to be harvested and thereby Ecommerce Gateway Pakistan is doing a great job by building up a platform and paving way for prospective Local-International, Public-Private collaborations. The officials also assured fullest support from the Government side.

The Event was organized by Ecommerce Gateway Pakistan with the support of Alternative Energy Development Board; Ministries of Water & Power; Petroleum & Natural Resources; Provincial Ministry of Environment & Alternative Energy; Engineering Development Board and Government of Sindh. Products related to Engineering; Oil & Gas and Auto & Transport were also displayed in the 4th Power & Alternative Energy Asia.

There were 100 stalls where 50 exhibitors showcased their products and services and 25,162 Trade Corporate Visitors attended the Exhibition in the three days.

The dignitaries visited the Exhibition in 3 days include Governor NWFP Owais Ahmed Ghani and Advisor to Chief Minister Sindh, Mr. Waqas Malik

The Event was also visited by diplomats including Robert Gibson, British Deputy High Commissioner; Ishak Latuconsina, Ambassador of Indonesia; Trigustono Supriyanto, Consul General of Indonesia; Mohammad Khalid Abdul Razzak, Consul General of Malaysia; Andrey V. Demidov, Consul General of Russian Federation; Adil Abdul Rehman Muhamed Taqi, Consul General of Bahrain; Masaharu Sato, Consul General of Japan; V.S. Sidhat Kumar, Consul General of Sri Lanka; Malik Muhammad Attiq, US Commercial Specialist; Ferdinand Jenrich, Second Secretary (Political & Economic Affairs), Embassy of Russia and Sergey Plyushchov, Head of Trade Commission of Russia in Pakistan.

Whereas, Administrator Gulshan Town Shafeeq ur Rehman; Member National Assembly Abdul Rashid Godil also visited the Event.

On the occasion, “The International Award of Honor” was also presented to Dr. Khursheed Nizam, President, Ecommerce Gateway Pakistan, by Mr. Zakir Hussain, Addl. Chief Coordinator Committee. International Human Rights Great Mission, in the recognition of the services rendered by Dr. Khursheed Nizam to the Business & Industrial community through his hard work, leadership and innovations, beneficial for the community and the country at large.


The 5th Power & Alternative Energy (ITIF Asia 2011) will be held from March 26 to 28, 2011 at Karachi Expo Center.

Dr. Khursheed Nizam
President, Ecommerce Gateway


Pakistan Immensely Rich in Alternative/Renewable Energy Resources; Tapping of These Resources Clarion Call for Energy Security: Mr. Waqas Malik, Advisor to CM Sindh

Karachi, March 29, 2010: Pakistan is immensely rich in Alternative/Renewable Energy Resources; however there is a strong need to explore these resources to cope with the current Energy Shortages in the Country. This was observed by Mr. Waqas Malik, Advisor to CM Sindh on Inquiries & Inspection, while talking to the media after visiting the 4th Power & Alternative Energy (ITIF Asia 2010) International Exhibition here, at Karachi Expo Center, today.

The Advisor, appreciating the efforts of the Event organizers, especially Ecommerce Gateway Pakistan & Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB), termed the Event as timely in the back drop of the ongoing Energy Crisis in the Country; “the Event is bound to bring positive impact on the development of indigenous Energy Resources in the Country”, he added. He also observed that despite the constraints of the foreign companies visiting Pakistan due to Law & Order Issues the participation of large number of local & foreign companies in the Exhibition shows the relentless efforts of the organizers which made this event a success.

Mr. Waqas Malik, further observed that such kind of Business to Business Events serve as an effective tool to improve the image of a country abroad. The same is true for Pakistan as holding of such events in the country has always helped bring direct foreign investments in various sectors of local economy.

The Advisor suggested the Tourism Department to set up stalls in all such Exhibitions to introduce Paksitani Culture & its rich heritage to the foreign delegates. The Advisor, who was accompanied by Dr. Khursheed Nizam, President ECG & Aijaz Adeeb, GM, Media & Communications, ECG, appreciated the foreign companies for their participation in an important Regional Event on Alternative & Renewable Energy in Pakistan.


International Human Rights Great Mission presents “The International Award of Honor” to Dr. Khursheed Nizam, President, Ecommerce Gateway Pakistan, at ITIF Asia 2010

Karachi, March 28, 2010: International Human Rights Great Mission presented The Award of International Honor” to Dr. Khursheed Nizam, President, Ecommerce Gateway Pakistan, today on the 2nd day of ongoing 4th Power & Alternative Energy (ITIF Asia 2010) International Exhibition at Karachi Expo Center.

In the recognition of the services rendered to the Business & Industrial community through his hard work, leadership and innovations, beneficial for the community and the country at large, the International Human Rights Great Mission proudly presented “The International Award of Honor” of United Nations under Article 22 Section-1, to Dr. Khursheed Nizam, President, Ecommerce Gateway Pakistan. The Mission is represented by Mr. Zakir Hussain, Addl. Chief Coordinator Committee.

It is worth mentioning that Ecommerce Gateway Pakistan has been in the business of International Event Management for more than 25 years. Under the strong leadership of its President, Ecommerce Gateway is proud to be the ONLY UFI Approved Event Organizing Company of Pakistan (certified by the Global Association of Exhibition Industry, Paris, France). ECG plays a major role by highlighting the particular subjects of national & international interests, in Pakistan. The B2B events that are organized by ECG are of such repute and caliber that play a pivotal role in projecting our country’s image as an aware, moderate & a progressive country, globally, and thereby, draw the attention of international markets and foreign investors to explore the enormous potential and prospects of investment, in our land.

With the sincere sense of professional responsibility and partnership towards the economic development of Pakistan Dr. Khursheed Nizam took Ecommerce Gateway to the heights of commitment and being Pakistan’s No.1 Event Management Company, Ecommerce Gateway is proud to become a sound partner of both government & the leading corporate sectors of Pakistan and plays its role by employing its best resources to facilitate them.


The 4th Power & Alternative Energy Asia (ITIF Asia 2010) International Exhibition continues to attract trade visitors on the 2nd day of its opening

Karachi, March 28, 2010: 4th Power & Alternative Energy Asia (ITIF Asia 2010) International Exhibition was visited by Mr. Owais Ahmed Ghani, Governor NWFP, Mr. Ishak Latuconsina, the Ambassador Indonesian Embassy, Mr. Trigustono Supriyauto, Consul General of Indonesia, Mr. Mohammad Khalid Abdul Razzak, Consul General of Malaysian Consulate, Mr. Andrey V. Demidov, Consul General Russian Federation, Mr. Shafeeq ur Rehman, Administrator Gulshan Town, Mr. Abdul Rashid Godil, Member National Assembly and Mr. Ferdinand Jenrich, Second Secretary (Political & Economic Affairs), Embassy of Germany, on the 2nd day of the ongoing exhibition, at Karachi Expo Center.

Mr. Owais Ahmed Ghani, Governor NWFP, while sharing his views with the media said that technology is Power and it is essential to educate & aware our new generation about its blessings. Pakistan is richly blessed with natural resources and talented youth to invest on. The government extends its full support to all the local & international sectors in Environmental & Alternative Energy, Power & Engineering, etc, who explore the potential of investing in Pakistan and help grow together.

The Consul General of Indonesia and the Ambassador Indonesian Embassy, in their messages to the media complimented Ecommerce Gateway for its input & efforts in promoting the potential industry and building Pakistan’s image as a progressive & a talented country with greater vision towards growth and development.

The Consul General of a Malaysia on the visit, also expressed great enthusiasm on the endeavor and assured of all the support from Indonesia, in the regard. Malaysia takes it as an opportunity to extend its support & investments for healthy bi-lateral entrepreneurial relations between the two countries. The Trade Commission of Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE) was also present at the occasion.

The Event was also graced by the two high level Iraqi delegations of 27 members as they were recommended specially by the Government of Iraq.

The Exhibition will continue till tomorrow (Monday, March 29, 2010), and will remain opened for the trade visitors till the evening. The purpose of international events & B2B exhibitions is always to not only build up the national image but also sustain the economic growth by inviting the international delegations to witness the enormous potential and growth prospects in our country.

It may be mentioned that ITIF ASIA-2010 is the leading regional event on Alternative and Renewable Energy Development on the regional calendar, organized by AEDB in collaboration with the Ecommerce Gateway Pakistan with the support of national and international organizations both from public/private sectors. The event has been serving as a meeting point for the international, regional and local stakeholders to exchange views and explore possibilities for investment in Pakistan in alternative / renewable energy sector.


4th Power & Alternative Energy Asia (ITIF ASIA 2010) opens at Karachi Expo Center

Karachi: March 27- Sindh Minister for Information Technology, Mr. Mohammad Raza Haroon inaugurated the 4th Power & Alternative Energy Asia International Exhibition & Conference both started here at the Karachi Expo Centre, today.

Speaking on the occasion, the Minister for Information Technology Sindh, Mr. Mohammad Raza Haroon said that Pakistan ignored its energy sector; as a result, we paid about US$ 12 Billion for its energy imports in the year 2008, - which were 63 % of the total export earnings. In 2009, our oil import bill increased to US $13 Billion. But still, Pakistan continues to experience energy shortages causing Economic losses, exceeding US $ 6 Billion in 2008 alone, which exceeds the financial package of the IMF to Pakistan. And yet today, the minister added, only 63% of our people have grid connected electricity, and 80% of the population is without piped natural gas – forcing these deprived rural poor to inefficient, low quality and expensive fuels. The poor in Pakistan are paying 3-5 times more for their energy supplies compared to those of us living in the urban centers.

He said that, Pakistan has enormous unexploited renewable energy resources – waiting to be harvested. In the hydro Energy sector, Pakistan has a large potential of over 50,000 MW. However, less that 15% of this has been harvested to date. He appreciated that AEDB is facilitating the provinces in this sector, and already 8 projects totaling 110 MW are under implementation in the private sector, and more than 2 dozen projects are in advance stages of preparation in the private sector. He also lauded AEDB for working with AKRSP to install 103 Micro Hydro projects in Chitral and Gilgit Baltistan, of which 60 have already achieved completion in the last year. 63 additional feasibilities are under preparation, which may be provided to the private sector to consider investment. He expressed satisfaction on financial closure for 4 – 50 MW plants adding 200 MW in the national grid in 2011 from the Gharo-Keti Bunder Wind Corridor alone.

In his welcome remarks, Mr. Arif Allauddin, CEO AEDB said that Pakistan has made great strides in improving the image of Pakistan to the international inve0stors and turbine manufacturers. Two years ago, he said, “we were frustrated as the Wind Turbines were not available for Pakistan – today, the manufactures are chasing the investors in Pakistan. Nordix, GE, Sunnec and CWE have signed major MOUs promising setting up the farm and also manufacturing the components locally.” The first farm is expected by the end of the year will contain 15 % locally manufactured parts, he disclosed. In the Solar area, Pakistan offers excellent potential as well, the CEO said. He observed that for some, solar does not compete with other RE technologies such as hydro and wind, but Solar offers advantages that no other technology provides – Solar PV for example brings life to far off, distant dwellers where the electricity is not expected for years. AEDB has taken upon itself to electrify most of the villages which are not expected to get electricity from the grid.

He informed that AEDB is signing an agreement with the telecom companies which will help energize more than 600 telecommunication towers through RE, thereby enabling the companies to provide un-interrupted service to the more part Pakistan.

He further informed that AEDB has launched the consumer confidence building program which offers solar water heaters through the vendors at no risk to the consumers. AEDB has also developed a program with key-stake holders a program for accelerated deployment of 400,000 solar water heaters in the country by 2015.

He also informed that AEDB is aggressively working on waste to energy projects and already 35 MW have come on line this year in this sector. We expect 9 new plants in this sector operational by 2012. But there is still a lot of opportunity as we have waste for about 260 such plants in the country. “Our waste is now our resource,” he added.

Keeping in view the experience of the past, AEDB took more market-oriented approaches, that would respond to local demand and user needs, promote enterprise development for sustained service, and create financing mechanisms independent of continuing donor dependence. The key elements of the approach include expanding and sustaining markets that offer the economic and social benefits most needed.

The paradigm shift that AEDB has brought about has shifted the focus from the technology assessment to market assessment – where we are more interested in what the market can bear, our focus now is on applications, value-added and user – rather than the Equipment supply focus. Under the new paradigm we focus more on the Policy, financing, institutional and social needs and solutions, rather than focusing on Economic Viabilities. Instead of making technical demonstrations, we are more interested in demonstrating business, financing, institutional and social models. Instead of accepting Donor gifts of Equipment, we are more interested in Donors sharing the risk and costs of building sustainable markets and finally we are focusing on experience, results and lessons instead of Plans and intentions.

He said that the mandate of Alternative Energy Policy has been expanded, in consultation with all stake-holders. The policy has been made simpler and non grid AE have been included. The Policy when released in a few weeks time will come with standard EPA and IA, many other documents. Grid Code changes have been accepted and notifications under process, he added.

He told that gathering that the Government has also agreed to offer preferential rate of return to all Alternate Energy Investments – and the new rate is expected to be 17% ROE. Further, NEPRA is expected to announce incentive of up to 1% ROE on the projects that come on early.

Additionally, the government is working with the Asian Development Bank for counter grantees to the Guarantees of Energy Purchaser, in order to bring the comfort to the lender, reduce the perceived country risk and lower the project cost. This will hopefully be available by the 2nd week of April to leading project developers.

The Government has accepted the proposal of creating a Renewable Energy Development Fund for the promotion of the Alternate Energy in Pakistan, which can actually invest and be partners to the private sector.

Special proposals for the 2010 budget, proposing, subsidies, fiscal and financial incentives for off grid products are under active consideration.

He told that AEDB has negotiated special grant assistance from the Donors for the Energy Resource mapping and project development for Baluchistan and Sindh. Similar assistance is already in place for NWFP and Punjab. Once the projects are developed AEDB will utilize the REDSIP funding available to it for financing the viable projects.

He also told that National Award in RE are being proposed. AEDB recognizes all the exhibitors of this event as the pioneers in their field. However, AEDB will be announcing Nation Alternate Energy Awards for the most significant work done. The first award is expected to be made next year.

The AEDB’s achievements are enormous and so is the support extended by all stakeholders. The Events like 4th Power & Alternate Energy Asia have greatly helped in attracting local & foreign investments in the country in the field of alternative & renewable energy while showcasing the continued progress.

Mr. Robert Gibson British Deputy High Commissioner appreciated the Government of Pakistan on putting greater emphasis on Renewable Energy. He said it has set an ambitious target of 10% Renwable Energy or 2700 MW in the Country’s energy mix by 2015.

Dr. Khursheed Nizam, President Ecommerce Gateway on the occasion added that Pakistan like other developing countries is facing a serious challenge of energy deficit. Renewable Energy resources can play an integral role not only in bridging this deficit but also we can take electricity to the un-privileged areas.

It may be mentioned that ITIF ASIA-2010 is the leading regional event on Alternative and Renewable Energy Development on the regional calendar, organized by AEDB in collaboration with the Ecommerce Gateway Pakistan with the support of national and international organizations both from public/private sectors. The event has been serving as a meeting point for the international, regional and local stakeholders to exchange views and explore possibilities for investment in Pakistan in alternative / renewable energy sector.

The Event, like previous years, has attracted large participation from across the world; this year more than 13 countries including China, India, Iran, Iraq, Russia, South Korea, UAE, USA, etc are participating. A high level delegation of 35 businessmen/ entrepreneurs from Iraq is also participating in the Event with the objective of procurement, joint ventures and prospective collaborations.

The 4th Power & Alternative Energy Asia Int’l Exhibition was also inaugurated by the Provincial Minister for Environment & Alternate Energy Shaikh Muhammad Afzal alonwith Abdullah Ahmed Al Badri of Hamriyah Free Zone Authority UAE, Dr. Khursheed Nizam President Ecommerce Gateway, Mujahid Sadiq DG Int’l Cooperation AEDB and members of the Iraqi Business Delegation.

The Chief Guest visited the stalls, met the domestic & foreign exhibitors and assured fullest support from the Government side. The Event will be continued till 29th April where more than 30,000 trade/ corporate visitors are expected to attend the Exhibition.

 

 

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