Pakistan now producing own Ventilators

Pakistan has joined the ranks of those few countries which are producing their own ventilators to help front-line medical professionals treat seriously ill COVID-19 patients. The first batch of ventilators manufactured in Pakistan has been delivered to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA). 

The ventilators called “Safe Vent SP100” have been designed by National Radio & Telecommunication Corporation (NRTC) — Pakistan’s high tech industry engaged in manufacturing of telecommunication equipment.

NRTC has produced 15 units of Safe Vent SP 100 and has a production capacity to manufacture 250–300 units per month. “Safe Vent SP 100 is FDA/CE approved economical and reliable ventilator” according to the official statement.

The next three “Made in Pakistan” designs of ventilators are also in their final stages. After which, Pakistan will be among the few countries in the world that manufacture complex medical machines, in accordance with European Union (EU) standards.

Landmark achievement

The Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan stated “Pakistan now producing own ventilators is a landmark achievement for us,” congratulating the team behind the project, the engineers and scientists at NRTC and the Ministry of Science & Technology. The country has “abundant talent to take us to self-reliance in new technological innovation,” Khan said, adding that the government will “strongly support any initiative to harness the potential of our youth.”

“When the first Covid-19 case was recorded in February 26, we were not producing anything. Within a few months, we have become capable of producing our own equipment,” he said, congratulating the Pakistan Engineering Council, National Radio and Telecommunication Corporation (NRTC), scientists and technicians.

Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry expressed hopes that the country would be able to meet its own need for ventilators and will be export ready. NRTC has now become the country’s first organization to develop portable ventilators.

The production of ventilators has further paved way for local manufacturing of medical apparatus in Pakistan. Pakistan imports medical equipment worth $2.1 billion every year while another $1 billion is spent on service agreement alone.

Pakistan’s approved list of ventilators

1. Safe Vent SP-100 by NRTC (approved and in production)

2. N-Saviour by NUST (under trial)

3. PAKVENT-1 by NESCOM (under trial)

4. Corvent by POF and PIEAS (under trial)

Current Covid-19 Situation in the country

Pakistan has emerged as one of the countries with the fastest rate of coronavirus infections in recent weeks, according to the World Health Organization. The country reported its first coronavirus case on February 26 and is now among the top 15 most-affected countries. More than 45 percent of people infected have recovered from the virus so far. Currently, 1,503 ventilators are available at government hospitals treating COVID-19 patients.

Prime Minister Imran Khan has opposed putting in place a far-reaching lockdown to battle the virus from the beginning, arguing that the country’s economy could not afford it. More than 100,000 new cases were reported during the last 20 days whereas government projections suggest the number may go up to 225,000 by June 30. Officials say Pakistan is still at least a month away from the projected peak. Violations of lockdown guidelines prompted authorities to seal markets, shopping malls and residential areas in several parts of the country. Virus hotspots in 20 major cities have been under a “smart lockdown” since June 14.


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Pakistan Formally Announces to open PPE Exports

Keeping in view the current situation, the Pakistan formally announces to open PPE exports. Pakistan has received orders worth 100 million dollars for personal protective equipment (PPE). The Minister for Science & Technology, Fawad Chaudhry said that many countries are interested in our COVID-19 equipment. Also, pertaining to the situation, Pakistan could receive an order of $500 million and more in the coming months.

This is a very timely decision, as Pakistan can capture various markets where our neighbors like India and Bangladesh have already entered. Some companies had already applied for international certification from EU and US FDA for easy exports.

Adviser to PM on Commerce Razak Dawood said the government has done its part to lift the ban on PPE exports.

“Exporters must take note of this development and go full speed to capture the share of this market globally” – Abdul Razzak Dawood.

Covid-19 has opened up new avenues for textile industry as well to take advantage of the rising demand of PPEs. Pakistan’s textile industry would get benefit of it through exporting these products. However, there will still ban on export of Tyvek suits, surgical masks and N-95 masks.


Fawad Chaudhary stated that Pakistan has developed a Coronavirus diagnostic kit which has been approved by the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan. Citing this as a big achievement for the economy, he said this will help reduce import bills.

‘We are importing the kits from China at the moment but when the commercial production of our kits begins, we will not have to import. The kits developed by our experts are better than the imported kits, and have over 90% accuracy.” Fawad Chaudhary

He also advised the Pharma Industry to share their proposals with the commerce ministry to get support on exports and tariff rationalization. Historically, Pharma exports have fallen under the ambit of Ministry of Health for commercial matters, he said.

The time has come for this to change”, he said, adding that the industry has great potential, which must be realized. Pakistan formally announces to open PPE exports but exports of health-related products are subject to NOC from DRAP.


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Pakistani Tech companies and Startups participated in ArabNet

Eight Pakistani tech companies and startups participated in a leading trade show for IT in Saudi Arabia, ARABNET which took place on 10 – 11 Dec 2019. The promising exhibitors represented a wide range of sub sectors from Pakistan’s IT industry. They tapped the potential of more than 100,000 international visitors which resulted in one of the most extensive businesses networking and investment opportunity.

A very timely opportunity to enter the rapidly developing market of Saudi Arabia!

The Saudi Economy is getting diversified under the Saudi Vision 2030 as they decide to divulge from investments solely in oil sector. Saudi is driving towards becoming a knowledge-based economy. This has created a golden opportunity for small scale businesses and entrepreneurs to procure investments. Technology, innovation and entrepreneurship have emerges as key pillars of the country’s transformation. An increase in startup investments has also been seen due to this vision for the past few years.

Pakistani tech firms and startups at ArabNet

Pakistani tech companies and startups which participated in ARABNET represented Pakistan under the country pavilion supported by Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP), powered by Pakistan Software Houses Association (P@SHA) and Pakistan Software Export Board (PSEB), . The pavilion was inaugurated by Mr. Raja Ali Ejaz, Ambassador of Pakistan to Saudi Arabia and Mr. Muhammad Zohaib Khan, former Senior Vice Chairman of P@SHA.

Pakistan pavilion was inaugurated by Mr. Raja Ali Ejaz, Ambassador of Pakistan to Saudi Arabia

There were altogether 8 notable exhibitors from Pakistani Tech industry, 2 of them exhibited independently. Here are the names:

Exhibitor Testimonials

Wonderful experience attending Arabnet. The energy and response was more than expected. Our app had been translated in Arabic; this was highly appreciated. Overall, it was a very engaging, insightful and opportunistic event where the Pakistani entrepreneurs successfully managed to make waves. We look forward to continuing business development and partnerships in Saudi Arabia. Hisham Malik – CEO, Arkhitech

ArabNet 2019 was a great experience for Covalent, With Saudi Vision 2030 just starting to mature it is the right time to invest your time and energy in this region. We recommend this show to our fellow IT colleagues in order to take advantage of this opportunity” Ahad Khan – BD Manager, Covalent

“The region is very promising for Pakistani IT companies as it is growing at a very fast pace. The organizers did a very good job in inviting quality buyers and top tier decision makers. We are hoping to have at least 2-3 of our business meetings to materialize on a positive note.”

Hammad Qureshi – BD Manager, NISUM

Media Coverage of Pakistan pavilion

A number of Pakistani and local media was present at the show where Pakistan pavilion was one of the centers of attraction for them. Media personnel spoke to the exhibitors and recorded their feedback and experience. The Pakistani pavilion was inaugurated by the Counsel General of Pakistan in Saudi, Mr. Raja Ali Ijaz. While talking to media Mr. Raja pointed out the Vision of Saudi King for year of 2030.

“ Saudi Economy and the IT sector is diversifying rapidly which is the sign of opening new doors and wealth of opportunities for Pakistani businessmen and entrepreneurs. Pakistani companies must come here as this is the right time to explore and expand business ”

Mr. Raja Ali Ijaz – Counsel General of Pakistan in Saudi

During the exhibition, Ex Vice Chairman, Pakistan Software House Association (P@SHA) Mr. Zohaib Khan also shared his views with media.

I think it is very good start for Pakistani IT firms and startups to launch themselves through ArabNet platform.This is a great initiative for Pakistani industry that the government has provided subsidized stalls in order to encourage them to make their mark in the Saudi Market.” M. Zohaib Khan – P@sha

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About ArabNet

ArabNet is the Kingdom’s largest technology gathering, which is going to be back for its ninth edition this year. Since past two years, ArabNet featured two events taking place simultaneously under one roof: ArabNet Riyadh for 2,000+ corporate executives and senior government leaders, and Startup Saudi for 4,000+ entrepreneurs, youth and students. In 2019, the two concurrent events brought together more than 250 experts and speakers from around the world, with full tracks of programming covering a range of topics.

The aim of this exhibition is not only to promote SME’s from the IT sector, but also to provide a business platform to startups to grow their business in international market. Digital technology were the main focused of this event including, digital ads, banking, managing finance, and explore the new ways of online payments.

Dont feel missed out, you can book your stall for the 2020 edition by contacting us here.

If you want to know which other international exhibitions we are bringing for the IT sector, you can view our Exhibition Calendar.

Participation from Pakistan at Foodex Saudi, a step forward in trade

The bilateral trade relations between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have observed successive growth in the last few years which boosted the economic activity between the two countries. In order to promote International Food Industry Reed Sunaidi organized 7th edition of  Foodex Saudi at Jeddah Center for Forums and Events. Massive participation has been observed from Pakistan with 15 companies, which is evident that Saudi Food Industry has tremendous potential for Pakistani exports.

About the Show

Foodex Saudi is a 4 day mega Food event, the only international B2B trade show for the food sector of the Kingdom.  With 212 exhibitors from 51 countries , there were altogether 15 national pavilions visited by 9013 attendees.

The participation rate has increased to 67% compared to last year which shows the growing interest and prospects for Pakistani exporters in Saudi Market. Prince Fahd bin Muqrin bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud inaugurated the exhibition along with major traders, businessmen brought as delegation.

Participation from Pakistan at Foodex Saudi

Under the Patronage of the Government of Pakistan, top notch Pakistani companies from the food & beverage industry, made a full-fledged participation in the exhibition.  In collaboration with the Commercial Section of the Consulate, B2B matchmaking facility was extended to Pakistani exporters which marketed their products in a right way and provided a mechanism to streamline their meeting en routing them to the Saudi Market.   

The diversified portfolio of food exporters brought rice, spices, sauces, beverages, processed food, ingredients, flavor & fragrances and confectionery items to the market.

15 leading food exporters showcased their products under Pakistan pavilion at Foodex Saudi 2019:

Reem Rice Mills

Ahmed Foods

Golden Harvest Foods

ITT Foods

Bismillah Rice Mills

Rice Masters Rice Mills

Siddiqia Rice Mills

S Amden & Co

Zain Enterprises

Lasani Rice Mills

Latif Rice Mills

Synarome Manufacturing Company

Quality Flavors

Ishfaq and Co

Hassan Ali Rice

HIGHLIGHTS in Pictures

Inauguration of Pakistan pavilion by Deputy Counsel General Mr. Shaiq Ahmed Bhutto and Prince Fahd Bin Muqrin Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud

Ms. Nazia Parveen, Sales Manager – Eventage with Pakistani exhibitors and Media representatives

Ms. Nazia Parveen – Eventage with Mr. Mohamed Talaat and Ms. Maria Baptista – Reeds Sunaidi

Excellent Product Quality Award won by Lasani Rice Mills for their quality and innovation. Congratulations

PRESS COVERAGE of Pakistan pavilion


BOL NEWS: Media Coverage of Pakistan pavilion

Pakistan has competitive advantage in the Saudi Halal food market

Pakistan has competitive advantage in the Saudi Halal Food segment of the market in contrast to other non-Halal food producing countries. Since Pakistan’s major exports are based on textile and agricultural products, Foodex Saudi brought enormous exporting opportunities this year for the food sector. The Halal Food Market is expected to reach $ 6 billion by 2020; the total value of food imports will reach $35 billion. There is a need to capitalize the emerging opportunities of growth in Saudi Food industry.

Past participation from Pakistan at Foodex Saudi

If you want to participate in the next edition, mark 09 – 12 November 2020 in your calendar. Early bookings will ensure best location at show floor. Contact us today!

To view our complete Exhibition Calendar for the Food & Beverage industry, Click here

22 Pakistani textile exporters participated in Fashion World Tokyo

A dazzling platform Fashion World Tokyo which showcases contemporary styles in fashion garments from all around the globe twice in a year at Big Site – Tokyo. The latest edition of Fashion World Tokyo took place on 2nd October and lasted for three full star studded days which delivered all kind of fashion wear, bags, Shoes, Men’s fashion textiles, jewelry and accessories along with OEM/ODM products from all over the world. Pakistani textile exporters also participated in Fashion World Tokyo along with other 1200 exhibitors and 30,000 visitors, 1050 companies from around the world gathered under one roof to witness this international trade show.

Top Textile Exporters participated in Pakistan Pavilion

Wide and active participation observed under the patronage of Pakistani Government with 22 leading fashion and textile companies from all over Pakistan.

“We are producers of Leather products serving as exclusive Private labels for Walt Disney, Warner Bros. (W B), MARVEL, STAR WAR, Kiss Band etc. Since 24 years we are into different international markets. Japan has a language barrier and the role of middle men is needed, yet it has great potential to take your business to the next level.”

Mr. Muhammad Ali – Beauty and Beauty Worldwide

Why Japan for Textile Exports?

The Japanese fashion market potential is evident from the fact that Japan is the world’s third largest fashion apparel importers after European Union and the US. Tokyo is considered to be the fashion hub of Asia. The Annual turnover of the clothing industry is 96 billion dollars. Pakistani textile industry has got a competitive edge in international export market, in terms of best quality in competitive price.

Pakistani textile exporters participated in Fashion World Tokyo – Spring Edition 2019

Tokyo has become one of the favorite destinations for Pakistani Textile Exporters since a few years. We have seen presence of Pakistani companies in Fashion World Tokyo repeatedly in the past years. Last year in March edition, 9 top exporting companies from the fashion and textile industry of Pakistan participated under Government supported Pakistan pavilion.

Media Coverage by AAJ TV – Pakistan Pavilion at Fashion World Tokyo, Spring 2019

Fashion World Tokyo takes place twice a year. The next edition is just round the corner, taking place on 01 – 03 April 2020. Bookings are currently open, contact us today to book your stall!