Category Archives: General Press Releases

Efforts underway to promote tourism infrastructure in Balochistan

Balochistan Tourism Department is making efforts to promote and develop tourism infrastructure in the province.

In an interview with APP, an official of Provincial Tourism Department said that efforts are under way to develop tourism related commercial projects for attracting tourists inflow in the province.

He said the department will initiate new projects to further develop Tourist facilities, Hotels, Rest Houses and Restaurants.

He said that more Tourist information centers will be set up to provide relevant information to the visitors.

The official said that the department will also organize cultural shows and festivals to attract tourists at various resorts.

He said that Balochistan is home to some of the most beautiful tourist’s destinations in Pakistan, which attracts a great number of tourists every year.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Political, economic developments not to hit CPEC

Islamabad, July 14, 2018 (PPI-OT): Islamabad Chamber of Small Traders on Saturday said political developments and economic situation will not hurt the CPEC. The recent terror incidents are condemnable but these will also fail to derail or interrupt the world’s biggest ongoing developmental project, it said. The inauguration of Pak-China Optic Fibre Cable Project is a good development which will increase business, employment, boost telecom industry and reduce dependence on the submarine cable, said Patron Islamabad Chamber of Small Traders Shahid Rasheed Butt.

He said that all the elements including enemy nations, opponents of the economic corridor at home and others have failed to slow the pace of the project. Shahid Rasheed Butt said that foreign media recently started a campaign against the project but China’s timely intervention put everything to rest. The 3,218-km set-up of roads, railways and dry ports from Gwadar Port to Kashgar will enhance lives of about three billion people and help China to do trade with the half of the world through Pakistan, he said.

The energy master plan of power generation projects to overcome energy crises would also benefit Pakistan while providing a platform of cooperation in the industrial and agricultural sector and will boost the tourism industry of Pakistan. To achieve maximum economic, industrial and agricultural benefits through CPEC, more consensuses in planning, research, coordination, security, and consultation is needed.

He noted that Pakistan is facing a serious balance of payment crisis while IMF is eager to know all the details of the plan which has been kept secret by Pakistan and China. The lender’s condition for the loan is linked with access to the CPEC plans which should not be accepted as it is a matter of national security, he demanded.

For more information, contact:
Islamabad Chamber of Small Traders and Small Industry (ICSTSI)
24-D, 3rd Floor, Rashid Plaza Blue Area, Jinnah Avenue, Islamabad, Pakistan
Phone: +92-51-2801045

Ministry of Industries and Production constitutes Steering Committee for SME Policy Development

Karachi, July 14, 2018 (PPI-OT): To lift SME’s growth trajectory and to revise the SME policy the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA) serving as the secretariat of the Steering Committee for SME Policy development constituted by the Ministry of Industries and Production (MoI and P) has forwarded the notification No. 2 (1) 2014 – the members.

The MoI and P is being provided technical assistance by the USAID’s SME activity project. The terms of reference (ToR) of the Steering Committee (SC) are to developed national SME definition, identify and recommend key areas for legal and regulatory reforms and besides others to address the access to finance issues, ensure sustainable growth and institutionalize SME support system to ensure regular communication between the national, provincial and local governments.

In addition to the above it will developed short, medium and long term action plans and above all finalize the new draft SME policy to be implemented in accordance with the priorities. The minister for industries and production will be the chairman and secretaries of Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) and others included in the SC are the additional secretaries of finance, commerce, planning, science and technology. It has also included the chairman Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) and deputy governor of State Bank of Pakistan.

From the private sector the presidents of Federation of Chamber of Commerce, Karachi, Lahore, KP, Quetta and the president of the Women Chamber of Commerce. Other private sector representatives on the SC are Zulfikar Thaver president Union of Small and Medium Enterprises (UNISAME), Engineer M.A. Jabbar, Nauman Wazir Khattak and Khawar Anwar Khawaja. Thaver said he is impressed by the clause in the ToR which states the SC will define the role of different stakeholders in SME support, including federal ministers, private sector SMEs and organizations, academia and NGOs adopting a least intervention government approach. He thanked the USAID for their support and technical help.

For more information, contact:
Union of Small and Medium Enterprises (UNISAME)
75/1 3rd Commercial Street,
Phase IV, D.H.A., Karachi, Pakistan
Tel: +92-21-35884225-6
Fax: +92-21-35380642
Cell: +92-300-8245307, +92-321-8245307

Information regarding collection of donations to Supreme Court of Pakistan Diamer Basha and Mohmand Dam Fund

Islamabad, July 14, 2018 (PPI-OT): It is informed to the general public that information regarding collection of donations to Supreme Court of Pakistan Diamer Basha and Mohmand Dam Fund through different banks is now being updated by State Bank of Pakistan on its official website, showing name of donor, daily statement of amount of donation collected by each bank and daily consolidated statement. The details can also be accessed through official website of Supreme Court of Pakistan

For more information, contact:
Public Relations Officer
Supreme Court of Pakistan
Tel: +92 51 9204184, 9220581
Fax: +9251 9213452

Council of the Islamic Ideology Member Donates one month Salary for Dams Fund

Islamabad, July 14, 2018 (PPI-OT): Allama Syed Iftikhar Hussain Naqvi, a renowned scholar and member Council of the Islamic Ideology (CII), Government of Pakistan has donated his one month salary for Dams Construction Fund. In a letter to the chairman CII, Dr. Qibla Ayaz, Allama Iftikhar Naqvi said that Pakistan is facing acute shortage of water due to wrong policies of rulers of the country. The future of Pakistan can be protected only by preserving water resources for generations to come. He appreciated the Chief Justice of Pakistan, Justice Saqib Nisar for taking initiative for construction of two dams.

The Allama added that Pakistan is under pressure of foreign debts. Now, we have to overcome this situation by voluntary donations, said Naqvi.Religious Scholar also criticized flawed economic policies, corruption and loot of the national resources by rulers and politicians. He said that the rulers had managed to become richer whereas poor segments of the society have become more vulnerable to increasing poverty. He also suggested that a special campaign to get rid of foreign loans should be launched.

For more information, contact:
Council of Islamic Ideology
Plot # 46, Ataturk Avenue,
Sector G-5/2, Islamabad
Tel: +92-51-9205652
Fax: +92-51-9217381

Minister for Maritime Affairs and Foreign Affairs visits Karachi Port Trust to review the progress of Port Projects

Karachi, July 13, 2018 (PPI-OT): The Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs and Foreign Affairs, Mr. Abdullah Hussain Haroon, visited the Karachi Port Trust Head Office today to review the progress of port projects. Chairman Karachi Port Trust Rear Admiral Jamil Akhter HI (M) T. Bt and Trustees of Karachi Port Trust attended the session.

The Minister was briefed by Rear Admiral Jamil Akhter about the infrastructure / ongoing setup of Karachi Port Trust along with the projects of the port like the Shuttle Freight Train from KPT to Dhabeji, Chemical and Edible Oil Terminal, Cargo Village and Industrial Park, etc. The Minister took keen interest in the Shuttle Freight Train from KPT to Dhabeji project. It is in this regard, the Chairman also informed further that for enhancement of cargo transportation, the KPT is taking Pakistan Railways on-board.

The Chairman Rear Admiral Jamil Akhter while highlighting the performance of KPT, informed the Minister for Maritime Affairs and Foreign Affairs, Mr. Abdullah Hussain Haroon that KPT has crossed 54 millions tons cargo handling and that in few years KPT will break the 75 million tons cargo handling barrier as South Asia Pakistan Terminals has also shortly become operational which has the Capacity to handle 3.1 TEUs Containers annually.

Later, the Minister was accompanied by the Chairman and Trustees of KPT visited the port area to witness ongoing cargo handling, dredging activities of KPT and progress of the Projects underway. The Minister Mr. Abdullah Hussain Haroon appreciated the efficiency and speedy work progress on the occasion and issued necessary directives. He was then taken to South Asia Pakistan Terminal Limited for reviewing its progresswhich concluded the visit.

For more information, contact:
Karachi Port Trust (KPT)
KPT Head Office Building,
Eduljee Dinshaw Road,
Karachi-74000, Pakistan
Tel: +92-21-99214358, 99214542, 99214530-40
Fax: +92-21-9214329-30