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Government’s role should be that of an enabler and facilitator for the industry: Minister

Islamabad, December 05, 2012 (PPI-OT): The Federal Minister for Science and Technology, Mir Changez Khan Jamali has said that Government’s role should be that of an enabler and facilitator for the industry and in today’s economic paradigm where defense deployments are being outsourced to private defence contractors by the developed countries like USA, we must open up our public institutes for Public-Private partnership in the best interest of our nation.

The Minister here Wednesday witnessed the Pakistan Composite Technology Show and Exhibition organized by Composites Engineering Research Group of Department of Mechanical Engineering (DME), NUST College of EME. In his remarks on the occasion he said that from the government side “I give full assurance that we will very carefully consider all the recommendations that come out of this policy dialogue and will make every endeavour to implement the recommendations in their true letter and spirit.”

While talking to media, the Federal minister appreciated the efforts of the whole organizing team of Pakistan Composite Show. “I am particularly glad that despite the fact that this was the first ever Composites Show in Pakistan; the accompanying exhibition has attracted more than 80% of the medium and high-tech industry in this sector. I sincerely wish that the proposals that will be made in the policy dialogue, especially in relation to the establishment of “National Advanced Composites Research and Product Development Centre” will be implemented in full and that if proper attention is paid to this industry then it can be turned into a multi-billion dollar industry.”

The event featured two parallel activities:

i)A symposium and a policy dialogue session where around 150 senior academics, industrialists and government functionaries exchanged views to evolve a strategy for turning around the composite industry of Pakistan.

ii)An industrial exhibition which featured over 20 companies and attracted over 500 visitors.

The event was sponsored through a research grant from Department of International Development (DFID), UK under the British Council DELPHE project.

In his opening presentation the group leader for the composites engineering research group Dr. Rizwan Saeed Chaudhry put forth a proposal for a joint technology centre to be established with the combined efforts of private and government sectors. The proposal was well received and the delegates expressed the hope that efforts will be made for speedily setting up the proposed centre.

The British Council Director Education for South Asia, Dr Nils Tomes congratulated the participants and expressed the hope that this conference and exhibition will result in lasting and effective partnerships between the academia and industry, because the future of this country depends on developing a knowledge based economy and this is simply not possible without having such partnerships.

Earlier the commandant of EME college Maj. General Obaid bin Zakaria highlighted the objectives of this Exhibition and said that One of the core objectives of this gathering was to bring due recognition for the ‘Composites Community’ as an industrial sector which holds a lot of promise for the future of this nation and the development of National Advance Composite Research and Product Development Centre”: an open access and a collaborative centre between academia and industry, intended to provide training and to carry out both applied and fundamental research.

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