ISLAMABAD: Minister for Commerce and Textile Mohammad Pervaiz Malik on Wednesday informed the Senate that Expo Centre Peshawar would be ready by December 2018.
Replying to various supplementary questions during Question Hour, the minister said the Peshawar Expo Centre was being set up on pattern of Lahore and Karachi Expo Centres. The provincial government has provided 25 acres of land at Turnab near Chamkani for the Expo Centre, he added.
He said PC-1 of the project was approved on October 29, 2015 with an estimated cost of Rs.2500 million. Project development activities have already been commenced at the site, he added.
He said the Expo Centre would comprise a large convention centre and two exhibition halls along with allied facilities.
To a question, he said such Expo centre would also be set up in Balochistan if needed.
To another question, the minister conceded that performance of handicrafts export in the last year was not good and trade counselors abroad were directed to expedite their efforts for promotion of handicrafts promotions.
To a supplementary query, Pervaiz Malik said a delegation of pharmaceutical was being sent to Belarus to find new avenues. He said various efforts were made to promote trade with Belarus. He said the Prime Minister had also visited Belarus in this regard.