The three-day Leather Show was held from March 6-8 at the Lahore International Expo Centre and key federal government officials, foreign associations and diplomats also attended the event which is a unique and first ever expo of its kind in Pakistan.

The local manufacturers said that the show provided a unique platform for the Pakistani leather industry and exhibitors included tanners, footwear manufacturers, leather garments and gloves manufacturers, chemical companies, and suppliers of equipment, machinery and components for the leather industry.

The organiser of the first leather show also announced that a second leather show will take place in January next year which will be attended by 50% more foreign companies.
The Leathertex Chairman Azam Malik, Pakistan Tanners Association’s former chairman of a Standing Committee and ex-member of the Executive Committee, who also participated in the exhibition, observed that the show was held for the promotion of the leather industry of Pakistan as well as to accentuate the image of Pakistan worldwide.

Malik, a major exporter, said that the leather sector is an important sector in Pakistan, due to the size of its economic footprint, employment, and potential for value creation.
Despite being an export earner of $1.
36 billion the leather sector has small share in global trade of value added goods and products.
In wake of the current relaxation given by the EU, which includes the GSP+ status for Pakistan, the value added leather sector needs to seize the opportunity and further develop the sector to become an even greater export earner for Pakistan.

More than 200 local companies and 50 foreign companies had set up 300 stands at the show.
He said most foreign companies were from France, Germany and Italy, while others were from India, China, Korea and Taiwan.

PTA Chairman Muhammad Musaddiq said that a Group Dialogue between Pakistan and India was also held on March 7 on a “South Asia – India-Bangladesh-Pakistan : the next HUB for Leather Footwear”.
 Rafeeque Ahmed, Chairman, Council of Leather Exports, India led the group dialogue.
Participants from Pakistan included Muhammad Younas, Chairman Pakistan Footwear Manufacturers Association, Agha Saiddain, Ex-Chairman, PTA and Omar Saeed.
He said that the Group-Dialogue was the first of its kind in Pakistan for leather sector to provide a great platform for close understanding and collaboration between the two countries for the promotion of exports.

Source: The Nation