Industrialists demand power supply on priority

Islamabad, June 06, 2013 (PPI-OT): A delegation of local industrialists visited Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) to express their strong protest against the 10-12 hours daily load shedding for industry due to which industrial activities were badly suffering.
Addressing the delegation members, Mr. Zafar Bakhtawari, President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry assured them that ICCI would raise their concern at every forum to save the industry from total collapse.

He called upon the government to give preference to industry for power supply as due to long hours of load shedding industry has lost sufficient capacity of its production and export orders worth billions of dollars were being diverted to other countries.
He said Pakistan was already facing huge fiscal deficit and country was in dire need to promote exports for improving balance of payments situation. He was afraid that without regular power supply to industry, the country could lose more exports causing serious problems for the economy and urged that government should give priority attention to this issue and minimize load-shedding for industry to stabilize industrial activities and improve exports.

The delegates were of the view that the order dated 31st May 2013 of the Honorable Supreme Court of Pakistan was being misinterpreted by PEPCO and all power distribution companies. As a result, load-shedding of the industry has increased from 6 hours to 10-12 hours per day resulting in almost complete closure of industry, job loss of millions of workers, cancellation of exports orders, loss of foreign exchange, production loss and bankruptcies.

They demanded of the government to ensure supply of electricity to industry on priority basis to save it from further destruction.

For more information, contact:
Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Chamber House, Aiwan-e-Sanat-o-Tijarat Road,
Mauve Area, G-8/1,
Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: +9251 225 0526 and 225 3145
Fax: +9251 225 2950

S. M. Muneer congratulates Nawaz Sharif for assuming office of Prime Minister

Karachi, June 06, 2013 (PPI-OT): Mr. S. M. Muneer, President India-Pakistan Joint Chambers of Commerce and industry (IPCCI) and former President FPCCI has extended his heartiest congratulations to Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif for assuming the office of Prime Minister for the third time, which is the evidence of substantial trust and confidence in him reposed by the people of Pakistan and his party.

He said that the people of Pakistan and particularly the business community have great hope in Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif’s dynamic leadership and are sure that his Government would put in all efforts in re-structuring the internal system of the country to compete at international level with its competitors.

It would also implement a stronger and efficient law and order system to combat the ongoing terrorist threats to our country, which has destabilized its morale, economy, tourism and the value of precious human life.

He hoped that the new Government would steer the country out of the present crisis by taking concrete steps and initiating business friendly policies for ensuring uninterrupted supply of electricity and gas to industry for enhancing export and sustainable economic growth.

Mr. Muneer was confident that having the vision, proven track record, and an experienced and competent team to fulfill the dream of the people of Pakistan, Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif’s Government will set out a realistic and sound framework for pulling back the nation from the edge of abyss.

The new Government would set out the economic agenda to address the challenges and seize the opportunities to diversify and strengthen our economy to secure long term success and economic prosperity, he added.

Mr. Muneer lauded and appreciated the statement of Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif that his Government will focus attention on the development and promotion of regional trade for economic integration within the region and particularly with India.

Notwithstanding, the challenges are extensive, but the Government by working in partnership with industry, will be able to meet them. He extended business community’s full support and to work together to bring the country out of uncertainty and to shape the future.

For more information, contact:
Syed Masood Alam Rizvi
Secretary General
Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI)
B-1, Federation House, Main Clifton Road,
Karachi-75600, Pakistan
Tel: 0092-21-35873691, 93-94
Fax: +9221 3587 4332

United States and Pakistan share a commitment to bolstering entrepreneurship and providing economic opportunities for people of Pakistan and will continue to work together to promote it

Washington, June 06, 2013 (PPI-OT): Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Dan Feldman and Pakistani Chargé d’Affaires to the United States Dr. Asad M. Khan welcomed entrepreneurs from the National Information Communications and Technology Research and Development Fund Entrepreneurial Delegation. A program entitled “Impact Through Entrepreneurship – Partnerships for Pakistan” was held at the Embassy of Pakistan in Washington on Wednesday.

The event was organized by the Department of State in partnership with the Embassy of Pakistan, MIT Enterprise Forum of Pakistan, and the Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) initiative, a partnership led by the Department of State and CRDF Global.

The program featured a panel discussion on growth strategies with leading American entrepreneurs, after which the Pakistani entrepreneurs pitched their ventures to investors in the audience.

The United States and Pakistan share a commitment to bolstering entrepreneurship and providing economic opportunities for the people of Pakistan and will continue to work together to promote this critical issue.

For more details on the event, please visit face book page of Pakistani Embassy in Washington:

For more information, contact:
Alberto Rodriguez
Information Office Public Affairs Section
Embassy of the United States of America
U.S. Embassy, Islamabad- Pakistan
Cell: +92300 501 2640
Tel: +9251-208 0000
Fax: +9251-227 8607

Iranian President felicitates Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif

Islamabad, June 06, 2013 (PPI-OT): President H.E. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of the Islamic Republic of Iran felicitated Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and the people of Pakistan on the successful completion of general elections in Pakistan and victory of PML(N).

In his message of felicitations, President Ahmadinejad expressed confidence that relations between the two brotherly countries would flourish under the leadership of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.

In a separate message, the Speaker of the Iran’s Consultative Assembly, Mr. Ali Larijani, congratulating the Prime Minister stated that the transfer of power to PML(N), was indicative of high confidence reposed by the people of Pakistan in the person of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and his party. The Iranian Speaker also hoped for increased Parliamentary interaction between the two countries in the days ahead.

For more information, contact:
Mr. Aizaz Ahmad Ch
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Government of Pakistan
Tell: 051-9205494
Fax: 051-9204202
Cell: 0336-5644459

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s guidance on Foreign Policy

Islamabad, June 06, 2013 (PPI-OT): After taking oath of the office, Prime Minister Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif has addressed a message for all Heads of Pakistan Missions abroad. The Prime Minister has stated that the people of Pakistan have pronounced themselves clearly on the future direction that our country should take. They have also been abundantly clear in underscoring their priorities.

The Prime Minister said that the government will be guided by the wisdom of the people, the vision of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and the desire to see Pakistan acquire its rightful place in the comity of nations.

Pakistan’s size and innate strengths should enable it to have a key role on the global scene. Heads of Missions and Embassies, that are our first line of defence and our primary interface with the outside world, have important roles to play to achieve this objective.

The Prime Minister has also provided an outline of the priorities of the government on Foreign Policy to serve as basic guidelines for our Embassies/Missions abroad. The Prime Minister said that national interests shall drive our foreign policy in all circumstances, and there is a across the board consensus on this. He stressed the need to create an external environment in which a democratic and progressive Pakistan will be engaged with the outside world. This will be shaped by Quaid-e-Azam’s vision of peace within and peace without.

The Prime Minister noted that we have a large youthful population whose potential needs to be harnessed for the development of Pakistan. The youth, especially those who voted in the May 11 elections, demand it.

The Prime Minister further noted that the core of internal strength lies in sustained economic growth, resulting in the overall well-being, progress and prosperity of the people of Pakistan. Our Diplomatic Missions have a pivotal role in advancing this central objective of the national agenda.

The Prime Minister directed our Missions Abroad to aggressively pursue economic diplomacy. Promotion of Pakistan’s interests in the realms of trade, foreign investment, and economic cooperation.

Effective economic diplomacy would require synergistic relationship between the Diplomatic Missions and the relevant stakeholders in Pakistan including Government Ministries as well as the business community at large. The Economic Ministries/Departments – i.e. Commerce, Finance, EAD and BOI must provide the requisite information and backup support needed by the Missions to undertake practical steps for facilitating traders and current and prospective investors at both ends.

The Prime Minister expressed government’s firm commitment to address the energy crisis facing Pakistan in the shortest possible time. He encouraged the Head of Missions to identify potential bilateral and multilateral partners to help to address the energy crisis and formulate tangible project proposals in the traditional and renewable energy sectors.

Stressing the importance of Science, Technology and education, the Prime Minister directed the Missions Abroad to actively reach out to institutions and the private sector in search of technologies and know-how and develop institutional linkages between our research and educational centres and those abroad.

The Prime Minister noted that the immediate attention of government will be focused on our neighbours. Unless the region is peaceful, our efforts for growth and development will not meet with success.

The Prime Minister stressed the importance of developing regional consensus on supporting a stable government and peace in Afghanistan. He affirmed that a policy of an Afghan-led, Afghan-owned process of peace and reconciliation will be persuaded.

With India, the Prime Minister stressed the need to progressively pursue normalcy in our bilateral relations, while actively seeking solutions for all outstanding issues, including Jammu and Kashmir.

The Prime Minister expressed the desire to deepen our relations with our friends and brothers in the Middle East. Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Iran are friendly countries with which we shall continue to pursue close cooperative relations.

On relations with the US, the Prime Minister noted that the two countries have many areas of common interest. We will build on convergence and wherever there are divergence we will work to try to minimize and remove such divergence.

With China, which has always been a great friend and a significant economic partner, Pakistan will strengthen this valuable and much appreciated strategic relationship.

With Russia, which is an important partner and regional power, we shall continue to enhance ties.

Despite its recent economic troubles, Europe continues to remain and important player on the global scene and is our largest trading partner. We will continue to engage with European countries, both bilaterally with individual countries, as well as multilaterally with the European Union.

On terrorism, the Prime Minister said that the government will develop a comprehensive strategy and a national consensus in consultation will all political parties, security forces, media and the civil society in dealing with this phenomenon. At the same time, it is imperative to address the external dimension of terrorism. This would require plugging the sources of external funding of various extremists groups besides seeking cooperation of regional and global community.

The Prime Minister directed that one of the main task of our Embassies to look after the increasingly large number of Pakistanis living abroad who are an asset for Pakistan. He directed the Embassies to provide efficient consular services and protect the interests of Pakistanis abroad.

The Prime Minister directed the Embassies to make concerted efforts to project Pakistan’s positive image abroad, its historical heritage, music, arts, culture and cuisine.

The Prime Minister stressed the need to work together for a progressive and developed Pakistan.

For more information, contact:
Mr. Aizaz Ahmad Ch
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Government of Pakistan
Tell: 051-9205494
Fax: 051-9204202
Cell: 0336-5644459

International Council of Small and Medium Enterprises felicitates Nawaz Sharif on his election as Prime Minister

Karachi, June 06, 2013 (PPI-OT): The International Council of Small and Medium Enterprises (ICSMEs) whilst felicitating Mian Nawaz Sharif on his election as prime minister (PM) of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and wishing him best of success and assuring him full support invited his attention to the fact that the SME sector is the majority sector and economic success depends on the promotion and development of the SMEs.

President Union of Small and Medium Enterprises (UNISAME) Zulfikar Thaver conveyed the best wishes of ICSMEs to the PM and the advise to recharge the sector by facilitating, motivating, encouraging and supporting it to grow and modernize on fast track basis.

The ICSMEs urged the government to work in the agricultural sector and promote modernization of farms and systems of cultivation, irrigation, harvesting, storing and logistics.

The international body pointed out that value addition is the key to economic growth and Pakistan has the potentiality by virtue of its agricultural base. The experts advised the government to focus on value addition in fruits, vegetables, flowers, grains, pulses and cotton by a specific programme for each produce item.

They further advised the promotion of alternate energy systems of power generation and 0% duty on all small to medium sized energy generation devices and plants for the benefit of the SME farmers and manufacturing units.

The experts advocated that the facilities of leasing finance be enhanced and the SMEs be provided finance to purchase plant, machinery, equipment under deferred payment or pay as you earn schemes.

The ICSMEs invited the attention of the PM to the need of SME Export House, SME Guarantee Insurance, Technical Institute and SME Financing Institution. The council appreciated the good work of SMEDA and recommended the enhancement of scope of the authority by strengthening it with more funds and experts to meet the challenges.

The ICSMEs assured full support and guidance to the ministries of commerce, industries, agriculture and science and technology to carry out SME promotion and development on scientific lines.

For more information, Contact:
Union of Small and Medium Enterprises (UNISAME)
75/1 3rd Commercial Street,
Phase IV, D.H.A., Karachi, Pakistan
Phones: + 92 35884225 and 6
Cell: + 92 300 8245307 and + 92 321 8245307
Fax: + 92 35380642

National Under-16 Football Championship: 12 teams will compete with each other to win ultimate title

Lahore, June 06, 2013 (PPI-OT): National U-16 Football Championship, 2013 will commence from 7th June, 2013 at Abbottabad.

According to the press release issued here by PFF. The top 12 teams of the country will compete with each other to win the ultimate title. The first match of the tournament will be played on 8th June, 2013. The 12 teams are divided into 4 (Four) Groups and daily 2 matches will be held till 13th June, 2013.

The top 2 teams from each group will qualify for the Quarter Finals which will be played on the 14th June, 2013 and 15th June, 2013. Both Semi –Finals will be played on the 17th June, 2013. The final of the championship will be held on 18th June, 2013.

Total 12 teams will compete in this Championship in which 8 teams are from Provincial/ Regional Teams (Punjab Football Association, KPK Football Association, Balochistan Football Association, Sindh Football Association, Abbottabad District, AJK Football Association, FATA Football Association and Gilget Baltistan Football Association) and 4 Youth Coaches Teams from (Karachi, Quetta, Lahore and Peshawar).

PFF has nominated 4 Top ranked qualified coaches as a member of Technical Study Group (TSG) which are:-

Syed Nasir Ismail 2. Mr.Sajjad Mehmood 3. Mr. Najeebullah Najmi 4. Mr. Ayaz Butt The TSG Group will make a comprehensive technical Analysis report of the matches and tournament. They will be the eyes and ears of the championship. There responsibility is to pick the best players from this championship and to recommend them for the upcoming AFC U-16 Championship (Qualifiers) 2013.

The Abbottabad District Football Association is organizing this mega event.

For more information contact:
Syed Muhammad Hasnain
Acting Media Manager
Pakistan Football Federation
Opposite Punjab Stadium, Ferozepur Road,
Lahore – Pakistan.
Tel: +92 42 99230821, +92 42 99230822
Fax: +92 42 99230823