Women entrepreneurs assured of TDAP support

LAHORE (Staff Reporter): Trade Development Authority of Pakistan will continue to support women entrepreneurs’ business activities for business promotion both within the country and abroad. Mian Riaz Ahmed, director general of Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) Lahore, stated this while talking to a delegation of Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (WCCI) Lahore Division, which called on him at TDAP Lahore here Friday. Mrs Falahat Imran, president of Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (WCCI), requested TDAP to support WCCI for holding of an exhibition in Lahore in near future and also requested to organise a delegation of women entrepreneurs to China to give them the business exposure and to help enhance their contribution in the trade development of the country. The DG assured the delegation about TDAP’s support and appreciated proactive role they are playing in the economic development of the country.

“With the mutual consent of the women entrepreneurs, TDAP will be supporting the trade promotional activities of women entrepreneurs’, the DG said and hoped that the entrepreneurs would successfully excel in the domestic and international markets by exhibiting value-added products, especially under the initiative by Younas Dagha, secretary commerce, which is implemented by Secretary TDAP Inam Ullah Dharejo.

IMC signs MoU with TDCP

LAHORE (Staff Reporter): Pakistan’s premier motorsports event Cholistan Desert Jeep Rally, organised by Tourism Development Corporation of Punjab, will be held from 15th to 18th February. Event will be sponsored by Indus Motor Company for the fourth consecutive time. MoU has been signed between Indus Motor Company (IMC) and TDCP here in Lahore for the same. Around 9 foreigners from Gulf countries and Thailand, in addition to about 100 local drivers, are expected to take part in the event this year. The qualifying rounds will be held on the 15th Feb and final race is set to take place from 16th to 18th. There will be 2 categories in the rally. The rally’s 450km long track will be divided into two loops. CEO IMC Ali Asghar Jamali said, “IMC is playing a vital part in promoting motorsports in Pakistan and sponsoring Cholistan Jeep Rally is the testimony of our commitment. This is perfectly in line with Toyota’s sporting spirit of adventure and excitement. Platforms like these offer a unique opportunity to the motorsports enthusiasts of the country to showcase their talent.”

This also gives an opportunity to test the durability and reliability of our vehicles on various terrains. We feel immense proud that over years, Toyota vehicles have become the preferred choice for many rally drivers.”

 Saarc Business Leaders Conclave in March

LAHORE (Staff Reporter): Saarc Chamber, in collaboration with Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FNCCI) and in partnership with Friedrich Naumann Foundation (FNF), is set to organise 6th Saarc Business Leaders Conclave in Kathmandu, Nepal on March 16-18, 2018. The conclave, to be supported by government of Nepal, will be organised under the theme “Unleashing Shared Prosperity through Economic Integration”. It will host business delegates, governments and ministers from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The Saarc Chamberhas been facilitating and promoting trade, service, industry, SMEs, agriculture in the SAARC region through creating strong business linkages among the entrepreneurs of the of South Asia. Saarc CCI aims to provide a platform to the leading politicians, opinion makers, prominent academicians, industry players, renowned and celebrated figures to discuss and deliberate upon contemporary and emerging issues faced by South Asia and envision a strategic framework in form of policy recommendations for Saarc.

This event is likely to be inaugurated by Prime Minister of Nepal and all ministers. The inaugural session will be followed by Ministerial Round and Technical sessions.

 Govt takes action to control line losses, power theft: Leghari

ISLAMABAD (APP): Minister for Power Sardar Awais Ahmed Khan Leghari Friday said the present government had taken action to control line losses and electricity theft cases. Talking to a private news channel, he said action was taken against those distributor companies which were not producing results. There were reports of line losses and power theft cases in Sindh, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa areas, he said. Besides government, it was also the responsibility of people to check power theft cases in their respective living areas, he said. "We have removed four CEOs of distribution companies for not producing results," he said. Expressing views over the initiatives of the federal government, he said many energy projects had been started in Khyber Pakhtunkhawa with the assistance of center. Lamenting KP government for less focus on the energy projects, he said four and a half years had passed but PTI could not launch any mega project for meeting the demand of the consumers in the province.

Giving reference of 2013 policies, he said all provinces had authorities to take measures to bring improvement in the energy sector so that electricity demand of those areas could be fulfilled in a proper manner.

To a question, he said, "We are taking measures to install solar projects in Balochistan so that subsidy and power theft issues could be addressed in a befitting manner."