Wednesday, August 12, 2009

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ANWAR KHAN KARACHI (August 12 2009): Exhibitors at the 9th ITCN Asia Show 2009 complained on Tuesday about the power
outages inside the exhibition halls which created suffocation and also affected the visitors because the centralised ventilation system stopped functioning.
Exhibitors said that sufficient arrangements should have been made prior to the event to deal with such problems. Federal secretary of IT and Telecom Naguibullah Malik formally inaugurated the three-day exhibition with the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
According to spokesman of the show organiser, Ecommerce Gateway Pakistan (Pvt) Ltd, around 117 foreign delegates are visiting the country's largest IT and Telecom Show, which also dispelled the negative impression about Pakistan's law and order situation.
He blamed Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) for power disruption in the late hours of the show, saying that the existing infrastructure of the Expo Centre which Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) owns is incapable to cope with such an untoward incident. "We (organisers) switched to the power generators as soon as the electricity suspended, which provided electricity to all the stalls immediately but heat and suffocation prevailed," he said.
A thin presence of foreign visitors was witnessed to the ITCN Asia 2009 on the first day. IT exhibitors hoped that there may be a better turn out in the next two days of the show. The show was overwhelmingly dominated by telecom sector and broadband providers. None of the stalls of any prominent mobile phones manufacturing company was seen there.
Stalls of computer gadgets, scanners, laptops, projectors of new designs and sizes, software solution providing firms, broadband providers, water purifying filters, etc were placed where visitors of young age were seen overwhelmingly.
"There is a difference between corporate sector visitors nominated by their firms to attend the exhibition which is done largely in the western world unlike here (Pakistan) as we have received a large number of visitors from different walks of life," observed a representative of a US-based software solution providing firm at the show.
Whereas, spokesman claimed that there are stalls of foreign IT companies in the show amongst them a majority belongs to China. Companies from UAE, US, Singapore and Hong Kong have also set up their stalls. He said that foreign delegates are visiting from France, UAE, Singapore, Hong Kong and Russia but a majority is from China. Pakistani expatriates are also attending the exhibition. Three foreign journalists from France and Russia are also covering the event.
An exhibitor attending the show for the last nine years told that this year's security arrangements was far better than those of the past years. "There is no strict checking and scrutiny by security personnel and the overall environment is much relieved," he added. Overall, the exhibitors were satisfied with the arrangements by the organiser who received a large number of visitors at their respective stalls. People seemed interested at the stalls of broadband internet providers where huge turnout was witnessed.
Sindh IT Minister Raza Haroon and City Naib Nazim Nasreen Jalil also visited the show and inaugurated the Sindh IT Department Pavilion. Nasreen Jalil on the occasion lauded efforts of the City Government's IT Department which has actively promoted IT in all towns. The department also arranged IT workshops in towns and union councils.

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