Printing and graphic arts exhibition launched

Industry rep calls for relaxation in duties, taxes on paper business

APP November 19, 2017
A touch screen menu is displayed on a Lexmark Platinum Pro905 printer. PHOTO: REUTERS

KARACHI: The 26th edition of PrintPak, the printing and graphic arts exhibition, commenced at the Expo Centre here on Saturday.

The president of Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) Muffasar Atta Malik performed the inauguration. He said that Pakistan has great potential for the growth of printing and graphic arts industry and commended PrintPak 2017 as a great platform; for networking between local and international companies.

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The KCCI president assured full support to the industry and said that members of the industry will use its platform to raise industry issues and will help them grow so that Pakistani products can compete in foreign markets.

He was of the view that the participation of foreign countries is laudable. S M Minhajuddin, chairman of the Pakistan Association of Printing and Graphic Arts Industry (PAPGAI), said that the size of printing and graphic arts industry is around $4.5 billion in Pakistan and it is the second largest industry providing employment to approximately over 2 million workers.

However, he was of the view that the industry is also facing several difficulties. Minhajuddin called for reducing taxes on paper and raw materials to enhance the exports of printing and graphic arts industry. He also demanded relaxation on taxation and duties for the growth of the industry.

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Salman Haroon, chairman of Printpak Exhibition Committee, said PrintPak 2017 Exhibition would be far bigger than the past exhibitions, adding that around 80 companies are taking part in the exhibition with 20 international firms of nine countries with 13companies from USA, six from China and two from UK.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 19th, 2017.

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