KARACHI - Karachi Mayor Wasim Akhter said on Tuesday that Build Asia Exhibition 2016 would send a positive image of Karachi across the world.

Congratulating organisers of the exhibition on gathering people associated with construction industry under one roof, Wasim said it was a pleasure to see representation of 17 countries in the exhibition.

He was addressing the inaugural ceremony of the 12th International Building and Construction Industry Exhibition 2016 here at the Expo Centre.

DMC East Chairman Moeed Anwer, organisers and delegates from the participating companies, were also present on the occasion.

The three-day exhibition has been organised by Ecommerce Gateway Pakistan with the support of Constructors Association of Pakistan and All Karachi Marble Industries Association and expected to be visited by 50 thousand visitors from all over Pakistan.

The mayor went to 300 booths in the exhibition and took interest in the products displayed by different companies from 17 countries, including China, UAE, Iran, Italy, Switzerland, USA, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Germany and Turkey. Welcoming the delegates from the national and international firms, he said this would provide boost to trade & commercial activities in Karachi and also leave a good impact on the local construction industry.

“If the participating companies wish to donate any of the construction machinery or equipment which they have displayed at the exhibition, then KMC will welcome this offer as we hope cooperation from other organisations for the progress and development of Karachi.

It was informed on the occasion that Build Asia 2016 was a platform for the local and international firms to discuss collaboration, joint ventures, investment and other possible avenues.

The objective of the exhibition is to display value addition in marble cutting, tools and construction machineries to increase the productivity.

As the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is getting more international exposure, and the foreign investors are increasingly interested in using this platform to demonstrate their enterprising potential, the 12th Build Asia Exhibition is the first step in that direction.

Different companies are displaying their products at the Expo, including construction machinery and other materials, steel products, PVC products, cement, marble products and machinery and furniture.

Meanwhile, Karachi Mayor Wasim Akhter visited the head office of Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB) and met with its Managing Director Misbahuddin Farid while Municipal Commissioner Dr Badar Jameel, Izhar Ahmed Khan, DMC East Chairman Moeed Anwer, DMC Central Chairman Rehan Hashmi, DMC Korangi Chairman Nayyar Raza and others were also present on the occasion. 

Talking to media on the occasion, Wasim said that effective collaboration among various organisations and joint work would help solve city’s problems.

He said that the Sindh chief minister had issued clear instructions that in order to solve the problems of Karachi every organisation and official should come forward and play a role. “All staff of the KWSB should especially cooperate with the elected representatives of local government for solution of water and sewerage related problems,” he underscored.

The mayor said that the water board was too confronted with the shortage of resources. “We request the government to cooperate with us in making the organisations strong as empowered local government representatives would be able to solve the city problems while working as a team.

He said he would soon take a briefing on K-4 and other projects. “We all want progress and development in Karachi,” he said, and added, “The sewerage problem near Bakra Hotel in District South needs immediate attention, and we are initiating our efforts to solve it.”

Before this the water board MD Misbahuddin Farid welcomed Wasim.

He said the chief minister had directed him to provide all possible assistance to the elected mayor of Karachi.