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Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry celebrates World Standards Day in Collaboration with Pakistan Standards Quality Control Authority

Islamabad, October 15, 2012 (PPI-OT): There is the need for achieving greater efficiency in fresh fruits, food processing and cotton ginning which may be achieved by directing attention towards the wastages incurred in these sectors. This was stated by Begum Salma Ahmed, Vice President of the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) in her welcome address on the occasion of 43rd World Standard Day’s seminar organized by Pakistan Standards Quality Control Authority (PSQCA) and FPCCI with the theme of “International Standards: Less Waste, Better Results.”

She also thanked PSQCA for their cooperation and assistance during the FPCCI exhibition “Made in Pakistan” in Mumbai last month. Mir Changez Khan Jamali, the Federal Minister for Science and Technology was the Chief Guest on the occasion.

While addressing the audience, Mr. Jamali said that standardization plays an essential role in the economic growth of nation. He further stated that the introduction of standards in energy can help reduce the energy crisis in Pakistan. At present, European countries are saving 20 percent of energy by applying standards in using energy. Furthermore, he said that PSQCA had recently signed an agreement with its Indian counterpart regarding standardization, which would help us in enhancing the export of cement and other products to India.

PSQCA had also opened an office at Sialkot for quick and urgent issuance of certification in order to enhance the exports of country. He also emphasized the need for changing the mindset of people and developing confidence among the consumers of country to use standardized products.

Pir Bakhsh Jamali, Director General PSQCA informed the audience that it was the mandate of PSQCA to develop and monitor the standards for less waste and better efficiency. He said that during the current year, PSQCA had organized an essay competition in order to create awareness among youth. Dr. Shahzad Afzal, Deputy Director General PSQCA highlighted the function, activities, and objectives of PSQCA in a detailed presentation.

He stated that the adoption of standards helps in cost reduction, lowering regulations and increasing safety and reliability. Mufti Ahsan Waqar, Member of the Technical Committee on Halal Foods spoke about the need for Halal certification.

In the seminar, academics such as Dr. Shahina Naz, Associate Professor and Dr. S. M. Aqil Burney, Chairman, Computer Science Department, University of Karachi highlighted the need for standardization and compliance in health and International Technology (IT) sectors. Mr. Zahid Mubarik, Chairman of the Society of Human Resource Management; Mr. Hamid Maker, Chairman of the Helpline Trust; Mr. M. Umar Khan Ghauri, President of Consumer Eye and Mr. Kaukab Iqbal, Chairman of the Consumer Association of Pakistan also spoke on the occasion and highlighted the importance of Standardization with the view to create the confidence to the consumer and producer. The seminar was very well attended.

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,
Shahra-e-Firdousi,
Karachi-75600, Pakistan
Tel: 0092-21-35873691, 93-94
Fax: +9221 3587 4332
Email: info@fpcci.com.pk
URL: www.fpcci.com.pk

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