ISLAMABAD (APP) - Pakistan Software Export Board (PSEB) is all set to participate in GITEX DUBAI-2008 from October 19 to 23 which proves to be the most important gateway to the Middle East market. GITEX Dubai is among the world's top three IT exhibitions and this flagship event has placed Dubai on the map internationally as an emerging global technology hub. Last year, GITEX Dubai attracted 3,300 cos representing 82 countries and approximately 125,000 visitors from 137 countries attended the event. In his comments, Managing Director PSEB, Talib Baloch said as the United States economy slows down, due in part to the weak dollar, businesses in the ME are experiencing 5pc increase as compared to 4pc in the USA. He said with the business and investment catching up in the Middle East and Asia Pacific, the two regions are becoming the fastest growing regions in the world and added with the Middle East strategically positioned as a hub of global technology, PSEB and its member IT companies are now looking to capitalize their potential in this attractive market. He sais PSEB has been participating in this prestigious exhibition regularly for last several years and as a result valuable business leads have been passed on to the participating member companies. PSEB will create a customized country pavilion to highlight Pakistani IT industry's skills and emerging potential in various areas, he said and added this year PSEB has sponsored the participation of eleven leading ICT companies which will be showcasing their products in this international event. The participating companies are renowned world over in their respective areas particularly in software development, web applications, financial applications, quality management, business process management services, graphics, animation and multimedia. The key target groups are users from the wholesale and retail sector, banking and financial services, the services sector, govt agencies, industrial manufacturing, educational sector and all other users passionate about technology. PSEB & Austrade have taken an initiative for creating networking opportunities between the participating companies from Pakistan and Australia during GITEX Dubai 2008. Through this platform, participating IT companies from Pakistan will have an opportunity for matchmaking with their Australian counterparts. The exhibitors will enjoy access to the expanding Dubai IT market and other regional IT powerhouses. The participants will also attend a variety of workshops and conferences involving leading IT professionals from around the globe.