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Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry to extend cooperation to support efforts of Pakistan Standards Quality Control Authority

Islamabad: The Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) will extend maximum cooperation to support the efforts of the Pakistan Standards Quality Control Authority (PSQCA) in achieving standardization of Pakistani products that is at par with international standards.

This was stated by Shaikh Haroon Rashid, Vice President FPCCI in his concluding remarks at the first meeting of PSQCA on Information Technology/Information Communications Technology (IT/ICT) hosted by FPCCI on April 18, 2012 at Federation House, Karachi.

A Memorandum of Association (MoU) was signed between FPCCI and the Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) in December 2010, whereby FPCCI and MoST agreed to collaborate to further the access of science and technology to trade and industry. Following the signing of the MoU, some events were held at FPCCI and MoST research centres to further the commercialization of R and D technologies created by the MoST research centres. The fresh round of activities for 2012 have been initiated this year, with a focus on leather and pharmaceuticals sectors.

The meeting commenced with an introduction to PSQCA and an overview of standardization in IT/ICT by Dr. Shahzad Afzal, Deputy Director General, Standards Development Centre (SDC) of PSQCA. Dr Afzal informed the participants that PSQCA has created two new technical Divisions, IT and ICT, in order to promote the use of Information Technology and Information Communications Technology through standardization in a way that balances the interests of all stakeholders and increases the global competitiveness of Pakistani products. The meeting today was the first meeting on IT/ICT.

Mr. Kaukab Iqbal, Chairman of the Consumers Association of Pakistan spoke about the benefits of standardization in this area from a consumer’s point of view, and how the consumer stands to gain eventually from a clearer policy in this regard. Engineer M.A. Jabbar, Chairman of FPCCI’s Standing Committee on R and D and WTO Cell, and Member of the Board of PSQCA, reminded the participants that FPCCI had been cooperating with PSQCA and MoST ever since the MoU was signed in 2010 by holding joint events and activities. In this regard, FPCCI hosted a similar event of a meeting of the PSQCA’s Technical Experts Group (TEG) on February 29, 2012.

The event concluded with the presentation of the FPCCI’s Crest by Mr. Haroon Rashid to Dr. Shahzad Afzal.

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: +9221 3587 3691
Fax: +9221 3587 4332
Email: info@fpcci.com.pk

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