ISLAMABAD - Federal Minister for Commerce Khurram Dastgir Khan on Thursday said that the government was continuing to ensure 24-hour electricity supply to the industrial units through industrial feeders. He said, however, still some hurdles are there in supplying electricity to industrial zones that rely on mix feeders.

Briefing the Senate Standing Committee on Commerce, which met under the chairmanship of Senator Shibli Faraz, the minister said that trade policy for this year has been announced and implemented. He further added that for reviewing the implementation status of the policy, meetings are conducted every month regularly and issues are discussed in detail.

Regarding the quality control of exports up to the international standards, representative of ministry of science and technology briefed the committee about the available resources for checking the quality of the products. He said that technology and human resource available for testing of the products are up to the international standards. He further added that the basic role of ministry of science and technology with reference to the export products is to generate awareness among the people about the internationally recognized standards from exporter to a common producer. For this, different training programs, workshops and awareness campaigns are launched from time to time in different regions. Ministry of commerce told the committee that the government established Expo Center in Lahore after successful experiment of establishing Expo Center in Karachi. In these centres, different workshops, training and awareness programs are conducted to accelerate internal trade and generatee awareness regarding internationally recognized standards.

 He also said that PC 1 of establishing an expo centre in Peshawar has been made. The expo centre will be completed by next year.

Chairman committee said that the main issue in exporting best quality products from Pakistan is lack of awareness among the people about the preservation and representation of products. He emphasized on accelerating the efforts for generating awareness among the people regarding preservation techniques, packing styles/procedures and mobility of products with in time.

Senator Hasil Bazinjo, while talking about fruits and vegetable exports, said that best quality fruits and vegetable cannot be exported unless cold storage facility is available. He emphasized on cold storage facility in highly cultivated regions so that wastage of fruits and vegetables could be avoided.