12th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation Trade Fair and 9th WEXNET from 4th to 6th December 2015

Karachi, November 26, 2015 (PPI-OT): This year TDAP has decided to combine two mega events i.e. 12th SAARC Trade Fair and 9th WEXNET under one floor in Expo Centre Lahore. This will offer diversity, quality and economy to the visitors and will help in develop linkages of Pakistan (WEs) with themselves and with SAARC exhibitors. These events are unique opportunity for both businesses and consumers. Entrepreneurs will have a platform to share their experiences, offer a wide variety and expand their businesses. The consumer will find local, national and international product range at economical prices. This is indeed the largest exhibition of its kind in Lahore and even Pakistan;


WEXNET is the largest exhibition of Pakistan for women entrepreneurs organized by Trade Development Authority of Pakistan. It gives a platform to women from all over Pakistan and abroad to experience the competitive yet distinctive opportunity under one roof. Women entrepreneurs sell their products in leading market of Pakistan i.e. Lahore or Karachi. Thousands of visitors come every year to buy the diversified products of Pakistan. There is no other place where one can find kachatanka of Multan, Kashmiri shawl, Gilgit-Baltistan’s Gems and stones, Quetta’s unique embroidery, Sindhi Ajrak, Sialkot’s Leather products, Bahawalpur’s embroidery, Lahori fabric and food and much more. The significant factor of this mega event is that a buyer can find fine qualities products with multiple range of prices and able to find products according to his/her budget.

Trade Development Authority of Pakistan, Ministry of Commerce, and Government of Pakistan organize WEXNET, a National Exhibition for Women Entrepreneurs producing export quality products, to support and promote the SME sector. TDAP (the then EPB) created its brand WEXNET (a Network for Women Exporters) in 2001 due to a demand from the neglected women sector which needed marketing support. Starting from 2000, eight women entrepreneur exhibitions have been organized. With the WEXNET brand, exhibitions were held in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2010 and 2014 at Karachi and Lahore. In 2014 there were 300+ exhibitors participated in WEXNET Lahore and more than 25000 visitors come to the show. TDAP is now organizing the 9th WEXNET 2015, at Expo Centre, Lahore from 4-6 December, 2015. WEXNET is a formalized structure which provides women with the opportunities to exhibit their products, network with each other, learn from others’ experiences and form collaborations and partnerships for mutual benefits. It is recognized as the only national exhibition for women entrepreneurs in Pakistan.

This year TDAP has received more than 350 applications from WEs representing all the regions of Pakistan and from more than 30 cities. Furthermore, WEs will also participate through the forum of different Trade Bodies, NGOs and government organizations.

12th SAARC Trade Fair

It is one of the prestigious events in South Asia to promote regional trade within the SAARC countries, thus creating business and a good rapport among SAARC nations. The platform of SAARC Trade Fair provides opportunity to showcase the finest collection of member country’s Export Merchandise and Services along with cultural beauty. Exhibitors from member countries are invited not only to promote their product potential but also to avail the opportunity of trade promotion and cultural exchange among themselves.

The economic well being of the people of the region demands a close and active collaboration of the business community of all the regional countries. This year, the efforts are being made by TDAP for successful hosting of the fair by Pakistan at the Lahore Expo Centre. This is the third SAARC trade exhibition to be hosted by Pakistan and first of its kind in Lahore. Exhibitors from SAARC member countries will exhibit range of products at exhibition. The exhibition will offer diversity and quality to the business men and most importantly to public. A variety of products are expected to be on display and sale in the event.

More than 45 exhibitors from SAARC Countries are participating in their respective country pavilions in the event while a similar number of SAARC exhibitors will be participating in SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Pavilion. Different product sectors from will also be represented by leading companies in Pakistan Pavilion as well.

TDAP approved establishment of help desks of Customs, National Bank of Pakistan, SECP, IPO-Pakistan, TDCP and BOI for the facilitation of the exhibitors and for dissemination of information. TDAP will also arrange B2B meetings for the exhibitors of SAARC countries with business community in coordination with local trade bodies.

The event will be inaugurated by the Engineer Khurram Dastagir khan Minister for Commerce Chief Guest along with Secretary General of SAARC Secretariat, Nepal, Mr. Arjun B. Thapa, on 4th December at 11:30 AM

For more information, contact:
Mr. Farooque Memon
Information and Communication Division
Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP)
3rd Floor, Block A, Finance and Trade Centre,
P. O. Box No. 1293, Shahrah-e-Faisal,
Karachi 75200, Pakistan
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Fax: +92-21-99206461, +92-21-99201526
Email: tdap@tdap.gov.pk, farooque.memon@tdap.gov.pk
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