PESHAWAR  - Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA), Yusuf Nasim Khokhar has said that development schemes worth Rs 250 million, under the auspices of the authority, are in progress in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

He was speaking at a function held here in connection with Economic Revitalization of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA (ERKF).  The CEO SMEDA said that the authority has more productive collaboration with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa than other provinces, which he said would be further expanded.

He said that after Peshawar, Women Business Development Centres will also be established in D.I. Khan, Abbottabad and Swat.

He said that like Gujranwala and Sialkot, a Business Centre will also be established in Peshawar.

He said that the authority is looking for land acquisition after which construction work will start shortly.

The CEO Smeda said that ERKF project is their top priority, which will be followed by more such kind of schemes.

He said that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa tops their priorities, saying the cooperation between the provincial government and Smeda will prove helpful in the development of SME sector in the province.

On the proposal of the provincial minister, he directed the provincial chief Smeda for working on the schemes of the preservation of fruit and vegetables in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

He said that the authority is expanding its outreach activities and working on the establishment of Regional Business Centre in Mardan. He said that with the cooperation of the federal government such centres will also be established in other cities of the province.

The Smeda chief assured the industries of extending assistance in technological up gradation and technical cooperation.