Wapda for early completion of Tarbela 4th Extension project

LAHORE (Staf Reporter): Wapda Chairman Lt Gen (r) Muzammil Hussain has emphasized upon the project management to put in their maximum to complete the 1410 MW-Tarbela 4th Extension hydropower project as early as possible. During a visit to the project site, he said besides accelerating the pace of work on T4, the stipulated quality standards must be adhered in letter and spirit for completion of the project. “Energy and water availability being most critical need will improve after completion of the projects underway”, he said. Discussion during the visit with the project authorities, consultants and contractors was aimed at tuning the timelines for completion of T4. Wapda spokesperson said T4 project was being constructed on tunnel No.4 of Tarbela Dam. The project will increase generation capacity of Tarbela hydel power station from 3478 MW to 4888 MW after installation of three units with installed capacity of 470 MW each, he added.

Earlier, the chairman visited Wapda Cadet College, Tarbela and viewed the facilities being provided to the students with regard to the curricular and co-curricular activities.

He also discussed with college administration the ways and means to improve those facilities for imparting quality education and building characters of the college students.

Int’l carpet shows from 6th

LAHORE (Staff Reporter): Organised by Pakistan Carpet Manufacturers and Exporters Association and Trade Development Authority of Pakistan, the 34th Pakistan International Handmade Carpet Exhibition will be held here at a local hotel from October 6-8 (Thursday-Saturday). Federal Commerce Minister Khurram Dastgir will open the three-day exhibition. The Carpet Exhibition chief organizer Major (r) Akhtar Nazir Khan Cooki said that the commerce ministry has declared full support for the handmade carpet sector in the country, approving Rs 7.5 million for the 34th international Pakistan hand-knotted carpet exhibition. He said that the funds approval was given by the Federal Commerce Minister Khurram Dastgir during a meeting with the delegation of Pakistan Carpet Manufacturers and Exporters Association, consisting of Exhibition chief organizer, exhibition committee chairman Mian Atiqur Rehman and PCMEA former chairman Kh Shakir.

“The federal minister will cut the ribbon on Thursday morning to mark the opening of annual exhibition while Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif will chair the Awards Distribution Ceremony to be held on Friday evening.”

Newly-elected PCMEA chairman Usman Ghani said that this year the carpet show is going to be the largest showcase of Pakistan's handmade carpets. The event will be visited by a large number of buyers from across the world while over 62 national manufacturers will display their products in the exhibition.

He said that the delegates from across the world had been invited and it was expected that over 134 foreign buyers would visit this magnificent carpet show.

The newly-elected PCMEA vice chairman Ch Riaz said that the carpet fair will not only facilitate the entrepreneurs and business owners but also highlight the soft image of the country.

He said that that trade fairs represent a significant opportunity for exporters to enhance their brand and product visibility and to promote new and existing products.

BISP shifting electronic payment

mechanism to biometric verification system

ISLAMABAD(Staff Reporter): Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) is shifting its electronic payment mechanism to biometric verification system and targets to complete this conversion countrywide by December 2017. All the core areas of BISP, including National Socio Economic Registry (NSER), Waseela-e-Taleem (WeT) and payment modules are being lauded internationally and many countries have shown great interest in getting trainings from Pakistan. BISP, being the flagship national social safety net programme, is not only a ray of hope for the poorest of the poor in the country but is acclaiming international recognition as well. This was stated by Minister of State and Chairperson BISP MNA Marvi Memon referring to the international conference on social safety in Mexico, where Pakistan was the only South Asian country to be invited in recognition for its success in the area of social protection.

BISP, being one of the top five social safety nets in terms of targeting, has launched the pilot phase of resurvey aiming to become number one. Pilot phase will be followed by national roll out in March 2017 and resurvey will be completed by March 2018. Under Waseela-e-Taleem, BISP has enrolled 1.3 children in schools and targets to enroll 2 million children by December 2017.

Chairperson BISP highlighted that BISP has emerged as a success story that has the ability to brand Pakistan internationally by training social protection teams of other countries. BISP has already imparted trainings to Nigeria whereas Tanzania and Egypt have shown interest in getting trainings from Pakistan.

Memon reiterated that under a new mandate, Donor Coordination Wing of BISP, responsible for international cooperation would hold international conferences with the help of development partners for the purpose of knowledge sharing on social protection and ways to establish league of social safety nets spearheaded by BISP.

APBF for making CPEC a success

LAHORE (Staff Reporter): All Pakistan Business Forum (APBF) President Ibrahim Qureshi believes that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is potentially a game-changing project for the economy of Pakistan and all-out efforts must be geared towards making it a success. He said the government is playing an active role to inform the public through print and electronic media as well as websites regarding the benefit the project will accrue for the marginalized communities. “Every measure should be taken to make the project non-controversial,” said Ibrahim Qureshi, adding that caution must be observed to ward off any attempt from any quarter to disrupt the CPEC project. He said that CPEC is a pact between Pakistan and China for progressive co-operation in improving Pakistan’s infrastructure and providing employment opportunities. “Pakistan’s political leadership should display political intrepidity, diplomatic acumen and strategic thinking to make the project success,” he added.