Pak exhibition in Chile fails to attract business
By Our Special Correspondent
LAHORE: The four-day single country exhibition organised by the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) in South American country Chile reportedly proved to be a failed activity as visitors found Pak stalls empty and traders failed to catch any business.
The inauguration of the exhibition was reportedly performed on third day of the event. Commercial Counsellor Murtaza Siddique Khan, who was assigned the responsibility of managing all stalls, failed to perform his duties.
One of the Pakistani exporters, who displayed his stall at the exhibition, told Daily The Business on condition of anonymity that the mismanagement on the party of the embassy and TDAP cost the exporters in millions.
He said Pakistani business community in Chile got frustrated and he feared suspension of under-going Pak-Chile free trade agreement.
The exporter said on the first day of exhibition many Pakistani products and Pakistanis were found absent from stalls, adding an amount of Rs30 million was spent by the Pakistani government.
He claimed some fake stalls were set up while the staff of TDAP instead of welcoming visitors kept busy in gossips.
To escape embarrassment, the TDAP officials handed over some stalls to local Pakistani community free of cost.
The exporter said the manufacturers and exporters kept waiting for the counsellor and the business customers but to no avail.