Pakistan to participate in Cuban trade show

 ISLAMABAD (APP): The Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) on Monday said Pakistan would participate in Cuban trade show, an annual event in which around seventy countries take part. While talking to Ambassador of Cuba to Pakistan Gabriel Tiel Capote, FPCCI President Abdul Rauf Alam said the country can reach the Latin American markets through Cuba to increase exports. He said the business community can build bridges with participants from seventy countries which are taking part in the mega event. He said, “Pakistan’s textiles, sports goods, surgical instruments, leather goods and rice are in great demand in Cuba but our exporters are not paying proper attention to it.” He said FPCCI will try to forge close ties with Cuba Chamber of Commerce to improve relations as well as trade. On the occasion, the ambassador said, “Health and medical education system of Cuba was considered one of the best in the world and we desire to upgrade Pakistani system to that level.”

“We have offered biggest ever fully paid scholarship programme to Pakistan under which thousands of Pakistani students got medical education,” he informed.

The ambassador said that relations between Pakistan and Cuba were based on mutual trust and confidence. “Our ties are growing that must be converted into trade and economic cooperation,” he added. He said, “We are ready for transfer of medical related technology and training facility to local technicians.”

 Competition Advocacy Academia Drive

 ISLAMABAD (Staff Reporter): The Competition Commission of Pakistan (CCP) has launched a national campaign, Competition Advocacy Academia Drive, aimed at creating awareness of the Competition Law among the students and faculty members of the universities. The campaign also seeks to introduce to the universities a 16-week module on “Economics and Competition Law” developed by CCP in Collaboration with the King’s College London. The module is being taught in one of the leading universities of Pakistan and several other academic institutions have shown interest in introducing it as an elective subject in their curriculum. The academia drive includes a series of seminars in 33 leading universities of Pakistan where CCP teams will hold interactive sessions with the faculty members and students of Economics, Management Sciences and Law. Presentations by CCP will explain the salient features of the Competition Law, its history and evolution and the role of Competition Law in enabling the country to compete in the global economy.

The academia drive will also establish a linkage between the academic institutions and CCP that will be mutually beneficial for both in the area of research. Moreover, it will open an avenue for universities to send their students for internship with CCP and get training in key areas of Competition Law.

The academia drive is being conducted in continuation of the advocacy programme of CCP under which a successful ‘National Road Show on Competition Law’ was completed in January 2016 where the CCP teams visited 22 cities and held around 40 interactive sessions in the chambers of commerce and trade associations.

CCP is mandated under Section 29 of the Competition Act to create awareness and understanding of the Law and take advocacy measures that may lead to creating a culture of competition.

 Modern broadband facilities for Balochistan

 ISLAMABAD (APP): Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunications would provide modern broadband facilities to an un-served population of about 196,177 individuals in some 269 un-served Mauzas and an un-served area of 39,434 sq kms in Balochistan. These areas would be facilitated under broadband for sustainable development. Universal Service Fund (USF), a subsidiary of the ministry has accorded approval to Rs2.3 billion Awaran-Lasbela broadband project which covers 12.8 percent of the area and 6.5 percent of the total estimated population of Balochistan. Official sources said that USF, in a recently held meeting with Minister for Information Technology Anusha Rahman, took an overview of existing projects of USF pertaining to establishment of 50 more computer labs in Women Empowerment Centers, Baitul Maal (PBM) under Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for Girls Programme and broadband for low income women in phase-2.

The sources said that USF has set a target to reach all under-served and un-served areas of the country with rural telephone and e-Services (RTeS) by 2018.

 RCCI delegation meets Uzbek envoy

 RAWALPINDI (Staff Reporter): A five-member delegation of the Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI), headed by its president Raja Amer Iqbal, called on Ambassador of Uzbekistan Furqat A Sidikov on Monday. Furqat Sidikov appreciated the role of RCCI in promoting trade ties and business activities in the region. He said his country was keen to improve trade ties with Pakistan. The prime minister of Uzbekistan will be visiting Pakistan next month, he informed. A seventy-member delegation of traders, including representatives from the ministry of commerce and production, industrialists, and chamber’s officials, will be accompanying the prime minster, he further added. Uzbekistan envoy said that trade delegation will hold business to business meetings with Pakistani traders and industrialists. President RCCI Raja Amer Iqbal said that the trade ties and business activities between Pakistan and Central Asian States have got significance due to China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

 RCCI President updated Uzbek envoy on current and upcoming events and activities of the chamber, including trade exhibitions. The delegation included senior vice president Rashid Waien, vice president Asim Malik, Khalid Farooq Qazi and secretary general Irfan Manan.