‘Livestock contributes 55pc to agriculture GDP’

LAHORE (APP): Vice Chancellor of the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) Prof. Talat Naseer Pasha has said the livestock sector contributed 55pc to agriculture GDP and 12pc to national GDP. In a meeting with a delegation of foreign livestock experts here on Saturday, he said that poultry was the most vibrant sector in Pakistan with an annual growth of 8-10pc. The vice-chancellor briefed the delegation on academic, research and academic activities of the university. He said that the university was closely working with Livestock and Dairy Development Department Punjab and the private sector for the development of livestock and allied sectors.




Govt’s Vision 2025: Conference of overseas Pakistanis soon

ISLAMABAD (INP): MD Overseas Pakistanis Foundation (OPF), Iftikhar Babar Saturday said that following the government’s Vision 2025, an exclusive business conference of overseas Pakistanis would be convened soon.  He said that more incentives would be provided to attract overseas Pakistani investors including establishment of exclusive economic zones for overseas Pakistani investors. The MD OPF expressed these views while chairing a meeting held at OPF Head Office which was attended by Members OPF Board of Governors, renowned overseas Pakistanis and senior officials of OPF and Planning Division to discuss how overseas Pakistanis can contribute in economic growth.

The meeting discussed and reviewed a number of short and long term schemes and initiatives for Overseas Pakistanis.  MD OPF informed the meeting that there are various projects and schemes of OPF where Overseas Pakistani investors can invest freely.  He offered the Pakistanis expatriates to invest in OPF Housing, Health and Educational Schemes. He said OPF has been delivering in different walks of life involving Welfare, Health and Education.

The MD OPF informed the meeting that the foundation wanted to establish hospital exclusively for Overseas Pakistanis and their dependents.  He further told the meeting that OPF Educational and Vocational Institutes have been upgraded and efforts are made to provide more and skilled labour abroad.  He said that OPF has requested Capital Development Authority (CDA), Lahore Development Authority (LDA) and Karachi Development Authority (KDA) to reserve quota for Overseas Pakistanis in their Housing and Commercial Schemes.

The member of OPF Board of Governors, Shamshad Ali Siddiqui, Asghar Qureshi and Khalid Choudhry appreciated efforts and services rendered by Managing Director OPF for welfare of Overseas Pakistanis.  They stressed on continuity of policy, political stability and improvement of law and order situation in the country to attract overseas investors.



SAARC CCI lauds govt for ‘Vision 2025 Conference’

ISLAMABAD (APP): The SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAARC CCI) on Saturday hailed the government for successfully organizing a seminar on 11th Five-Year Development Plan and “Vision 2025-Stakeholder’s Conference” here. SAARC CCI Vice President Iftikhar Ali Malik, in a statement, appreciated the government for taking the stakeholers on board while formulating the five-year development plan and Vision 2025.  He said such an initiative of the government would restore the confidence of local as well as international business community and generate more economic activities to further strengthening the national economy.

Malik said for the first time in the country’s history, the government had given due representation to the private sector in policy making, which was a positive omen. He said the government had given 60 per cent representation to the private sector in a high power advisory committee of the Planning Commission of Pakistan. The conference, he said, which was attended by over 1,000 professionals and experts from public and private sectors, would help address challenges the economy was facing. The SAARC CCI Vice President also appreciated Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal for organizing the conference and taking on board the private sector, business community, politicians, civil society, academia and media professionals about the policy making process.



Garments exporters’ issues to be resolved: Customs high-ups

KARACHI (Staff Reporter): The Customs high-ups have assured the garments exporters to refund their stuck up claims against rebate.  In a meeting with the delegation of Readymade Garments Manufactures and Exporters Association (PRGMEA) led by Arshad Aziz, Chairman, the collectors, Agha Shahid Majeed, Collector, MCC PQ, Dr Wasif Memon, Collector Exports, said that garments exporters issues would be resolved on priority basis. The Collectors assured the members of the delegation that pending rebate claims (Weboc) will be settled on immediate basis. In addition they advised the delegation to inform the member for segregating their claims and submit to the relevant collectorate.

They were informed by the delegation that the members are facing liquidity crunch due to their stuck capital with the Customs.



LCCI delegation off to Taiwan

Lahore (Staff Reporter): A 10-member Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry delegation has left for 8-day visit to Taiwan. The delegation comprising Engineer Sohail Lashari (head of the delegation), Khawaja Khawar Rasheed, Abrar Ahmed, Muhammad Aslam Chaudhry, Nabila Intisar, Margoob Shakir Izhar, Faheem Rehman, Awais Saeed, Ghulam Dastgeer and Khurshid Ali would have a number of high-profile meetings in Taiwan. During the visit, Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry delegation will sign Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) and would also attend a lunch hosted by the Vice President of TAITRA Simon Wang.