Karachi, December 18, 2015 (PPI-OT): Chairman Businessmen Group (BMG) and Former President of the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), Siraj Kassam Teli has announced that preparations were in full swing for staging 13th My Karachi – Oasis of Harmony Exhibition 2016 in a vivid and lively manner, which will start on 25th March 2016 and will conclude on 27th March 2016 at Karachi Expo Centre.
Addressing a press conference at KCCI Auditorium on Friday, BMG Chairman informed that the vision behind staging this mega is to project and promote the soft and positive image of Karachi. “With improved law and order situation of Karachi city, we are expecting immense participation which could go up to around 700,000 to 800,000 visitors”, he added.
Besides Siraj Kassam Teli, the press conference was also attended by President KCCI Younus Muhammad Bashir, Senior Vice President KCCI Zia Ahmed Khan, Vice President KCCI Muhammad Naeem Sharif, Chairman Special Committee for My Karachi Exhibition Muhammad Idrees, Deputy Chairman Special Committee for My Karachi Shamim Ahmed Firpo, Former Presidents Haroon Agar, AQ Khalil, Abdullah Zaki and Iftikhar Ahmed Vohra along with KCCI Managing Committee members were also present on the occasion.
Siraj Kassam Teli pointed out that Karachi Chamber has been constantly staging My Karachi Exhibition since last 13 years which was initiated in 2004 when Karachi city was suffering from terrorist activities and the law and order situation of Karachi was not so good.
Moreover, the foreign media was wrongly portraying any law and order incident occurring in any particular area in such a manner that it gave a negative impression about the entire city. “To rectify this issue, we decided to initiate My Karachi Exhibition and ensured that the business and industrial community, all diplomats, foreign companies and the Karachiites densely participate in this event”.
He further said that the exhibition started from three halls in 2004 and has now expanded to all six halls of the Expo Centre. “Every year, My Karachi keeps growing thanks to the untiring efforts being made by Office Bearers from time to time who try their best to perform better as compared to previous office bearers”, he added.
Highlighting the title and theme of My Karachi – Oasis of Harmony Exhibition, Siraj Teli stated that it was the Karachi Chamber and the Businessmen Group who introduced the title of ‘My Karachi’ in 2004 which has been adopted by many others with the passage of time while its theme i.e. the ‘Oasis of Harmony’ depicts the diverse, multi-cultural and multi-ethnic population who speak different languages. The theme also represents the entire business and industrial community of Karachi, starting from a small shopkeeper to a leading industrialists.
Terming the exhibition as an icon of Karachi Chamber, Siraj Teli said that in between 300 to 400 stalls will be established in next year’s exhibition in which foreign delegates from 8 to 10 countries are expected to participate. “It has become a self-sustainable exhibition and has never been a burden on KCCI. In fact, this exhibition has generated revenue which is directly submitted to chamber’s kitty”, BMG Chairman said, adding that 13th My Karachi exhibition will also be featuring a dedicated designers’ fabric lawn pavilion, kids play area, birds and pet show and other recreational facilities.
He appreciated the efforts being made by Chairman Special Committee for My Karachi Muhammad Idrees who has taken many new initiatives to make this exhibition more attractive for the visiting families.
“Thanks to BMG’s transparent policies, the Karachi Chamber, which was facing severe financial crisis in 1998, now holds strong funds of around Rs500 million. BMG, after taking control of KCCI affairs, devised an strict strategy to ensure that public money is not being wasted or misused at any cost”, he added.
He further informed that Karachi Chamber has finalized a deal to purchase land in Clifton locality to establish a grand building of KCCI whose details will soon be disclosed to the media upon completion of some legal formalities.
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