Lahore, February 02, 2015 (PPI-OT): Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is going to initiate a four year technical support program in collaboration with the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA) for quality and productivity enhancement of the Auto Parts Manufacturing Industry of Pakistan in April this year. It was disclosed by Mr. Muhammad Alamgir Chaudhry, Chief Executive Officer, SMEDA today while addressing a meeting at SMEDA head office today.
He informed that a meeting was held the other day with JICA Chief Representative Mr. Mitsuyoshi Kawasaki to set a roadmap for implementation of the project and the discussion’s record of this meeting was also signed by Syed Mujtaba Hussain, Joint Secretary (Japan), Economic Affairs Division (EAD), Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad, Senior Joint Secretary, Ministry of Industries and Production (MoI and P) and Mr. Mitsuyoshi Kawasaki.
During this 4 years program, technical support will be extended to 50 Auto Parts manufacturing units of Pakistan through five Technical Experts of JICA, who are expected to arrive at Pakistan in April 2015. Out of 50 SMEs, around 10 SMEs would be developed as model factories in the field of productivity and quality.
Furthermore, development support system through capacity building programs of partner organizations and local experts is prime consideration of the project. The visiting Japanese experts will also hold a series of workshops both in Punjab and Sindh on productivity and quality enhancement in auto sector of Pakistan.
It is to note that SMEDA has been collaborating with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) since 2004 to conduit best productivity and quality improvement knowledge and practices to the indigenous manufacturers belonging to various sectors.
In this connection SMEDA requested to Government of Japan (GOJ) for initiating a long term technical support of Japanese way of improving productivity and quality. SMEDA aims to broaden the scope of productivity improvement activities across the value chain of auto sector and subsequently improving the share of localization of auto parts.
The said program is based upon a survey conducted by JICA in collaboration with SMEDA in September last. Apart from detailed discussions held with SMEDA, JICA Mission had also visited 11 auto parts manufacturing units and conducted series of meetings with Pakistan Association of Automotive Parts and Accessories Manufacturers (PAAPAM) and a number of OEMs both at Lahore and Karachi.
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