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LAHORE: The caretaker Punjab Health Minister Prof Dr Javed Akram has expressed optimism that the newly elected government would play its role in promoting the local pharmaceutical industry and bringing precious forex through pharma products exports.

“Pakistan’s pharmaceutical industry possesses a good position in the world and is progressing,” the minister said during his visit to the 16th Pak Pharma and Healthcare Expo at the Lahore’s Expo Centre.

The minister said that progress made in science also transformed the pharmaceutical businesses across the globe with new challenges and opportunities. Appreciating the holding of the event, he hoped that business deals made in this Expo would not only benefit the local industry and foreign companies, but would also promote investment in the country.

Earlier, the minister visited various stalls and interacted with the local and foreign exhibitors.

Exhibition organiser Kamran Abbasi told the minister that 400 stalls were set up to display medical and laboratory equipment and chemicals. Stalls were set up by pharmaceutical equipment manufacturers, laboratory equipment, research and testing laboratories, raw and packaging supplier, pharma printing, pharma chemicals, lab chemicals and pharma instruments, and hospital and health equipment manufacturers.

Abbasi said over 200 business deals worth millions of rupees had been signed during the two-day event.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2024

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