COMSATS, Sheffield University discover some sugars good for health 

LAHORE (PR): COMSATS Lahore and Sheffield university scientists discover some sugars are good for health, which help to heal deep burn wounds. Academics from Sheffield and Pakistan have discovered a new use for sugar which can aid healing and encourage blood vessel formation This would help tackle the increasing number of non-healing skin wounds associated with age, poor blood supply and diabetes The breakthrough research could save money for health service providers in the UK and overseas. Academics from the University of Sheffield and COMSATS have discovered that sugar in fact be good for you following breakthrough research. The research, conducted by the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and the School of Clinical Dentistry at the University of Sheffield and the Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Biomedical Materials Research at COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Lahore, Pakistan, found that sugar can help aid new blood vessel formation, also known as angiogenesis.  

New blood vessel formation is crucial for wound healing as blood vessels carry blood around the body which ultimately supplies the body with oxygen and nutrients. 

 TDAP asks exporters to register with REX up to Dec 31

KARACHI (APP): The Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) has informed all current as well as potential exporters to the European Union, Switzerland, and Norway to get themselves registered with REX system by completing requisite formalities with the TDAP as soon as possible. TDAP statement said that per EU regulations for GSP-plus beneficiary countries, Pakistan was required to completely switch to the EU's REX (Registered Exporters) System for origin certification up to December 31, 2017. Accordingly, issuance of certificate of origin by TDAP for the GSP schemes of the EU, Switzerland, and Norway would cease by the end of the year. Only REX registered exporters would subsequently be able to issue Statements On Origin (SOO) themselves in respect of their shipments to these countries. The TDAP was regularly organising orientation/training seminars on REX in major export cities of the country for the benefit of the exporters.

Trade bodies interested in arranging such seminars for their members might urgently contact the TDAP. Complete details for getting registered under the REX system are available at TDAP's website www.tdap.gov.pk under the banner "REX System of EU-GSP".

 Call to hold business promotion activities

 ISLAMABAD (Online): S M Naveed, President Pak China Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry, suggested the government to organise business promotion activities including exhibitions, trade fairs here and abroad to aware business community about incentives being provided to investors in Pakistan. In a statement issued on Friday, he said supportive measures should be taken by the business community to promote Pakistani products through trade fairs and exhibitions within the country and abroad. Referring to China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the President of the Chamber said that a special center should be established at various ministries related to the CPEC for highlighting its salient features. S M Naveed said CPEC will provide a much-needed base to kick-start the economic growth in Pakistan, adding that this is the most important agreement signed in the history of relations between Pakistan and China.

He said that investors from Pakistan, China and all over the world are now interested to identify new investment opportunities in different manufacturing and services sectors of Pakistan created due to CPEC.

He appreciated the efforts of government for supporting the business community to further develop the basic infrastructure in all the industrial sectors of the country to improve the productivity and quality of products and services to acquire the desired share and support in the international market.

 Conference on food safety set for 22nd

 LAHORE (Staff Reporter): Pakistan Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (PCSIR) under Ministry of Science and Technology in collaboration with Nestlé Pakistan is organising a National Conference titled “Food Safety and Harmonisation: shaping a Healthier Nation”. The conference aims to address the issues around food harmonisation. Food regulations remain fragmented in Pakistan, causing barriers to trade between provinces and federal and lead to increased complexity which adversely affects foreign investment. Well renowned expert, outgoing-Chairperson of Codex Alimentarius Commission, Awilo Ochieng Pernet will also be gracing this conference and will highlight the need of science based harmonised regulation for Pakistan. This is the first time that someone who is such an authority on the subject is coming to Pakistan to meet both provincial and federal officials to discuss the issue of harmonisation.

Elaborating the need for harmonisation, PCSIR Chairman Dr Shahzad Alam said, “Harmonisation of food safety legislation based on scientific principles, in line with CODEX standards and guidelines, will lead towards the promotion of trade and safety of consumers.”

Waqar Ahmad, Head of Corporate Affairs, said, “In order to ensure consistency in standards, quality and competitiveness, food-related legislation should be harmonised through one national law developed with consensus of all stakeholders, including federal and provincial governments and private sector.”