Health Care 2008 exhibition opens in Dushanbe

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Anna Malikova

2008-10-14

DUSHANBE, Oct. 9—The fourth international Health Care 2008 exhibition opened Oct. 7 in Dushanbe. Thirty companies from 15 countries filled the exhibition hall of the Kokhi Borbad state complex with their products.

Products displayed at the exhibition organised by Turkmenistan’s ITECA Osiyo, included medical equipment, orthopaedics and rehabilitation products, pharmaceutical medications and modern health care information technology.

ITECA executive director Nazira Nazurdinova said, the exhibition participants included representatives of Hungary, Belgium, Iran, Russia, Ukraine, Sweden, Armenia, Japan, Germany, Belarus, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, with China exhibiting for the first time this year.

“The exhibition reflects modern trends in the development of the health care field,” Nazudrinova said. “Its main goal is to help attract foreign investment, introduce Turkmen medical professionals and the public to the newest technological and scientific developments, and supply the market with modern pharmaceutical medications. The exhibition isn’t just a space for demonstrating the newest achievements in the medical field; it is also a place to conclude agreements and deals that will define future developments in the health care field. One more attraction for exhibitors is the opportunity it affords them to gain access to the potential of the health market in Afghanistan.”

Nazudrinova also noted that the wide interest shown in the exhibition reflects the Tajik government’s efforts to reform the country’s health care system. “The republic’s leaders have established a list of medications, medical and pharmaceutical equipment and medical tools which are exempt from value added tax and customs fees upon import,” she said. “This provided quite a significant incentive for foreign companies to take part in the exhibition and display items that are on the exempted list.”

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