The Prime Minister of Islamic Republic of Pakistan Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani while acting as Chief Guest of the ceremony stated that:
I am in particular grateful to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani, for his patronage and gracing this occasion to formally launch International Defence Exhibition and Seminar, better known by its acronym “IDEAS”. IDEAS has established itself as a great meeting point to promote mutual understanding, trust, friendship and cooperation. IDEAS has grown steadily in terms of space, exhibitors and foreign delegates. In IDEAS 2008, we had 256 exhibitors and 295 delegates representing 59 countries.
It is, indeed, a matter of great pleasure to see the International Defence Exhibition and Seminar more popularly known as ‘IDEAS’ going from strength to strength, in a short span of eleven years. The exhibition has grown in scope and stature and I feel satisfied to see Pakistan’s achievements in this relatively new ground for us. Over the years, IDEAS has become a great meeting place of defence exhibitors, high level defence delegations, analysts and trade visitors from all over the world. This rendezvous of IDEAS provides excellent opportunity to develop better understanding and friendship, networking of defence industry for trade and joint ventures, and more importantly seeking affordable solutions to meet the challenges being faced by the defence industry.
Pakistan harbors no aggressive designs against any state but we are determined to defend our territorial integrity and safe guard our sovereignty. It is heartening to note that by the grace of Almighty Allah, we have been able to do so by significantly developing indigenous capabilities for production of sophisticated weapon systems and equipment. Holding of IDEAS is a reflection of the Pakistan Government’s consistent efforts to galvanize the industrial activities for production of defence equipment through collaboration and joint ventures in addition to the indigenous production. The Prime Minister formally announced the launching of the IDEAS-2010, to be held from 6-10 Dec 2010 at Karachi Expo Centre.
Director General Defence Export Promotion Organization (DEPO), Major General Muhammad Ijaz Hussain Awan extended warm welcome to the Excellencies, Ambassadors, High Commissioners diplomats and honorable guests, on behalf of DEPO, Ministry of Defence Production. During his inaugural speech he stated: