Deal signed between Component Implementation Unit-Trucking Pakistan Sustainable Transport Project and National University of Sciences and Technology to strengthen sustainable transport initiatives

Karachi, February 02, 2016 (PPI-OT): Sustainable transport field is a cross-cutting, interconnected and knowledge intensive domain; therefore, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed today February 2, 2016 between National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) and Component Implementation Unit-Trucking of UNDP/GEF Pakistan Sustainable Transport (PAKSTRAN) project which is being implemented by Government of Pakistan. The overall objective of this activity is to provide research oriented technical support to strengthen the institutional capacity of relevant federal and provincial government departments to promote the sustainable transport initiatives in Pakistan.

To address the issues of transport Pakistan Sustainable Transport (PAKSTRAN) project is conceived and funded by UNDP and GEF which is being implemented by the Ministry of Water and Power, Government of Pakistan. The PAKSTRAN project activities are executed under the visionary leadership and support of Mr. Hassan Nasir Jamy who was the chief guest on the occasion. The MoU signed today will facilitate the project team on the objective of reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption from transport sector with the technical assistance from the academia and subject experts.

The MoU Signing Ceremony was signed by Mr. Hasan Nasir Jammy, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Water and Power/National Project Director PAKSTRAN Project and Dr. Tariq Mahmood, Principal SCEE-NUST School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, National University of Sciences and Technology on 2nd February 2016.

On the occasion Mr. Hassan Nasir Jamy, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Water and Power/ National Project Director, PAKSTRAN congratulated the team of Component Implementation Unit- Trucking PAKSTRAN project and faculty of NUST University on this useful initiative. He also appreciated the efforts of the National Project Manager for engaging academia to achieve the sustainable development goals in the country. Dr. Tariq Mahmood Principal at NUST expressed the wish to work in collaboration with Ministry of Water and Power the Implementing Partner and Trucking Component of PAKSTRAN Project.

Dr. Saleem Janjua, an eminent subject expert and National Project Manager of PAKSTRAN Project informed that the PAKSTRAN Project through collaborative arrangements with potential national and international partners is providing technical assistance to Government of Pakistan for implementation of Bus Rapid Transit initiatives and the modernization of trucking sector.

Dr. Janjua further said that PAKSTRAN Project through its Trucking Component has involved renowned universities to provide repository of information, knowledge management, consultancy and policy advisory / advocacy on environmentally sustainable transport and climate change related services in the country.

While speaking in the ceremony Dr. Saleem Janjua said that 2016 is significant to initiate the efforts towards the achievement of Global Sustainable Development Goals and PAKSTRAN Project can contribute in this regard as three goals are directly linked with SUT; firstly SDG 11; Sustainable Cities and Communities, secondly SDG 12; Responsible Consumption and Production, thirdly SDG 13; Climate Action.

Mr. Hameed Akhtar Director (Roads)/Chief NTRC, Ministry of Communications and Component Director of CIU-Trucking PAKSTRAN Project briefed that PAKSTRAN project under the valuable guidance of Dr. Saleem Janjua is providing technical support to Ministry of Communications in the formulation of guidelines and technical standards for modernization of truck freight sector.

While briefing on the MoU he said that the objective of this partnership is to extend the support through the collection of data and information and the evaluation of the TORs, RFPs and studies from technical and policy perspectives. Mr. Irfan Haider Component Manager of CIU-Trucking PAKSTRAN Project organized the MoU signing ceremony and is contributing towards achievement of the project outcomes efficiently. Moreover, representatives from United Nations Development Programme Pakistan and Ministry of Communications were also present during the event.

For more information, contact:
George Sadiq
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International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
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