ISLAMABAD: Pak-China business Forum, a treat for science students and entrepreneurs alike, entered its second day on Monday as hordes of students came in to eagerly view the stalls and setup.
The event, organised by Comsats Institute of Information Technology, was inaugurated on Sunday by Federal Minister for Science and Technology Mir Changez Khan, and its second day had an interactive atmosphere as the venue was laid out strategically with stalls on the ground and the first floor.
As expected, young male students could be seen hovering over various electronic stalls including stalls by Haier Electrical Appliances and Xpert Technologies as they tested the latest gadgets. However, Comsats very own stalls were not to be overlooked as a teacher could be seen explaining to a group of interested students the technicalities of a hydraulic water pump at the Comsats IIT water stall with the help of a large dummy pump in front of him.
Girls, on the other hand, seemed much more interested in the various ethnic jewellery stalls featuring semi-precious stones styled as necklaces and bracelets. “Thank God, there were different stalls, we aren’t much into electrical appliances so shopping at the jewellery stalls was way more fun,” stated Faiza, a student of National University of Modern Languages (NUML) who had come to visit with her group of friends.
The main features of the event include an exhibition of products by 100 local and Chinese companies.
Frank Fan, Chief Representative of Inspur Co Ltd, expressed his concern over the practice of Pakistani government and companies giving more preference to American companies.
“The problem is that the people have a mind-set that Chinese products are sub-standard, but that’s not the case. What usually happens is when individuals do business with Chinese products, they usually come and purchase the cheapest quality material available in the Chinese market and then they come and sell it here at a higher price,” he explained.
This forum aims to initiate workshops and sideline meetings with industrialists, academicians and the Pakistani business community and has been planned for the promotion of business activity among the two countries.
The forum continues till April 18.
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