Shahbaz for further boosting Pak-Tajik trade ties

LAHORE (Staff Reporter): Tajikistan Ambassador to Pakistan Sherali S-Jononov met Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif here on Saturday, and discussed promotion of cooperation in different sectors. Talking to the ambassador, the CM said there were strong friendly relations between Pakistan and Tajikistan. He said that both the countries should work consistently for further strengthening trade, economic and social ties. He said that exchange of trade and business delegations could help promote economic relations between the two countries. He said that economic cooperation would be increased with close contacts between traders and business communities of both the countries.

Speaking on the occasion, the Tajik Ambassador said that Shahbaz Sharif had taken exemplary steps for the welfare of people, adding they had felt relief in the real sense.

He said that his country wanted to strengthen economic and trade relations with Pakistan, especially Punjab, on solid basis.

 UVAS, Tetra Pak sign MoU for milk adulteration survey

LAHORE (Staff Reporter): The University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences and Tetra Pak Pakistan signed a memorandum of understanding Saturday to jointly conduct milk adulteration survey. VC Meritorious Professor Dr Talat Naseer Pasha and Tetra Pak Marketing Director Assad Abbas signed the MoU at a ceremony at the UVAS. Higher Education Commission Executive Director Prof Dr Arshad Ali was also present on the occasion. Speaking on the occasion, the vice-chancellor said that milk adulteration survey would be a step towards ensuring supply of quality pure milk to the consumers. He said the university will depute its research students/scholars and provide adulterant kits and refills, pipettes, test tubes, test tube stands and tongs for the survey.

The Tetra Pak will arrange the field visits of the team for the survey.


CPEC to transform GB into investment haven: Hafeez

ISLAMABAD, (APP): GB Chief Minister Hafiz Hafeezur Rahman Saturday said that CPEC would have a positive impact on the country, particularly on the Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) as it would transform it into a heaven for investment. He asked the private sector to take interest in investment in the region, and assured that it would be provided all the facilities possible. He was talking to FPCCI President Abdur Rauf Alam here. FPCCI VP Jauhar Ali Raki and others were also present on the occasion."We are planning to establish an investment board, boost tourism, generate additional power, and improve law and order situation to trigger economic activities which will reduce poverty and raise standards of living of people", the chief minister said.

Speaking on the occasion, Alam said that Gilgit-Baltistan, with its around 50,000 megawatt hydropower potential, could help the country overcome the energy crisis.

He said thermal energy was costly, while hydel power offered the cheapest source of energy for a long-term and permanent solution to the energy crisis.

The FPCCI President said hydro energy was environment-friendly, low-cost and economically viable and it could save billions of dollars required to import fuel for power generation that resulted in costly agricultural and industrial production.

The potential of run-of-the-river projects in GB, he said, was  phenomenal; 7,400 megawatt of energy could be generated at a power plant in Bunji with two additional projects of 2,000 megawatt each upstream from this location.

He said the government as well as the private sector must exploit the enormous power production potential in GB.

Moreover, he said the 72,000 square miles area with around 1.3 million people had the potential for rapid development based on tourism, hospitality, mining, food processing, dry fruits, gems and jewellery and farming.

He noted that the number of tourists could be doubled with little effort while establishing tax-free zones can attract investment while new policies should be evolved to facilitate local and foreign investments.

Abdul Rauf Alam said that FPCCI wanted to establish a regional office in Gilgit-Baltistan for which it was looking forward for cooperation by the government.

Public-private partnership must for sustainable agri growth: Bosan

ISLAMABAD (APP): Minister for National Food Security and Research Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan has proposed the use of public-private partnership as a mechanism for sustainable agricultural growth in the country. Addressing a two-day international workshop,‘4R Nutrient Stewardship for Food, Economic and Environmental Security’ here on Saturday, the minister appreciated the efforts of Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) and expressed interest in replicating the activities in rest of the provinces of Pakistan (KP and Balochistan). He emphasised development of nutrients stewardship frameworks, nutrient stewardship for the farming community of Pakistan.

The workshop was organised by FAO in partnership with the Ministry of National Food Security and Research,PARC and USDA.


KCCI’s proposals to be incorporated in budget: Teli

KARACHI (NNI): Haroon Akhtar Khan, Advisor to PM on Revenue, while discussing KCCI’s budgetary proposals for the fiscal year 2016-17, stated on Saturday that the govt and its economic managers were focused on presenting a budget with the clear objective of spurring economic growth, encouraging investment in industries, ensuring ease of doing business and broadening the tax base through creation of a business friendly environment. Exchanging views with a delegation of KCCI, led by Siraj Kassam Teli, former KCCI President, at a meeting held at the FBR House in Islamabad, Haroon assured that KCCI’s proposals had received serious consideration by the FBR and the Ministry of Finance, and would be incorporated in the budget.