National workshop on organic food

Lahore (Our staff reporter): A national workshop on ‘Organic Food and Health: Avenues of Innovation and Entrepreneurship’ is being organised by Pakistan Council for Science & Technology (PCST) on Monday (today) at the University of Management and Technology (UMT), Auditorium, Lahore.  Federal Minister for S&T Rana Tanveer Hussain will be the chief guest at the ceremony, which will also be attended by a number of dignitaries, including heads of R&D organisations, VC’s of universities, eminent scientists, representatives of foreign missions, international donors, representatives of private sector/industry, civil society and others. The changing lifestyles and growing stress due to modern competitive life has resulted in many health challenges to mankind, and under these challenging environments sustaining good and healthy life is strongly reliant on both our access to healthier products and commitment to healthy eating habits, especially the organic food.

During the recent past, there is a renewal of demand for organic products and the global sales of organic food have noticed six-fold increase during the last 20 years.  


Two-day Indonesian solo exhibition kicks off in Karachi

ISLAMABAD (NNI): A two-day solo exhibition & cultural performances began at Ocean Tower, Karachi on Sunday, under the auspices of The Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia. The exhibition is expected to provide an opportunity to the businessmen of both the countries to explore the possibilities of entering new markets with a long-term vision of gaining economic prosperity. Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) President Younus Muhammad Bashir cut the ribbon along with Hadi Santoso, Consul General of Indonesia in Karachi, Pakistan Indonesia Business Forum Chairman and others. A large number of stalls showcasing Indonesian products, including garments, spices, handicrafts, besides airlines, travel agencies, and food products were set up in order to promote Indonesian exports in general and the tourism sector in particular. A documentary on tourism, trade facilities, opportunities and beautiful spots of Indonesia was also screened on the occasion.


CPEC Summit, Expo to be held in Islamabad on Aug 29

ISLAMABAD (NNI): The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Summit and Expo will be held here today on Monday to explore business opportunities under the mega project. “Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is expected to inaugurate the summit,” the sources said. The Summit and Expo titled, 'Discovering new possibilities - reaching new heights', is to be organised by the Ministry of Planning and Development. The event is aimed at increasing awareness in local and foreign investors about business opportunities available under the CPEC so that the industrial base could broaden and employment opportunities could generate. In an interview with Radio Pakistan, Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms, Ahsan Iqbal said the objective of the summit was to prepare business community and private sector for the next phase of CPEC. The minister informed that in the day-long summit, leaders from Pakistan and China would meet.

He said that industrial zones would be set up and maximum Chinese investment would pour in under the mega project.


Call to end exploitation of surgical industry

ISLAMABAD (NNI): Islamabad Chamber of Small Traders (ICST) on Sunday called upon the government to take steps to end exploitation of the surgical industry at the hands of international players. “Pakistan manufactures 90 percent of the world’s total disposable and reusable surgical instruments, but it is getting only two percent share in the $17 billion global trade,” said ICST Patron Shahid Rasheed Butt. He said that Pakistani companies earned mere $359 million due to lack of interest on the part of officials concerned and exploitation by the developed nations. “This is keeping local companies from developing, as local institutions have not helped the companies to develop any international brand,” Butt added. ICST Patron said there were 3, 000 companies in Sialkot which manufactured 10, 000 types of instruments, which were sold at dirt cheap prices to the companies located in developed countries, which then sold these after putting their stamp on it.

“Many companies have closed down their production facilities and opted for selling Pakistani products under their brand names, which is not justified, since the country manufacturing 170 million instruments annually must get a fair share,” he demanded.

“The top 10 buyers of Pakistani instruments include USA, Germany, UK, France, Italy, UAE, Japan, Brazil, Mexico and Russia,” he informed.

He termed it unfortunate that Pakistani companies were unable to export their instruments to Islamic countries and India let alone EU and the US.

Butt asked the government to take steps to improve the situation so that the country could earn foreign exchange.