Islamabad, November 22, 2013 (PPI-OT): Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain called a Performance Review meeting of the Heads of all Defence Production Establishments of Ministry of Defence Production here today.
All the Heads of Defence Production Industries attended the meeting. The heads include Lt Gen Ahsan Mehmood, Chairman POF Wah, Lt Gen Wajid Hussain , Chairman HIT, Major General Tahir, Director General DEPO, Rear Admiral Hassan Nasir Shah, Managing Director Karachi Shipyard, Brigadier Bhatti, NRTC, Rear Admiral Adnan Nazir DGMP, Air Vice Marshal Asad Lodhi DGDP, Senior officials of Ministry of Defence Production along with Lt Gen (Retd) Tanvir Tahir Secretary Defence Production, Major General Raza Muhammad, Additional Secretary Defence Production attended the meeting.
Minister for Defence Production stressed that the targets of the defence industry should be focused primarily by all industries. He added that there is a lot of skill, talent and potential in the defence industry and overall in the country.
Today we are striving for self reliance and therefore we must strive to fully optimize our potential to achieve this target and be able to earn our space in the international defence industry market. We also need to focus on Research and Development so that we could match the progressive world.
The Minister also stressed that our defence industries need to keep trying hard to export their products. Where ever the support of ministerial level is required, he would try his level best to help in uplifting the industry further.
On the financial and budgeting issues, the minister assured that the issues will be resolved at the level of the government. The industries heads thanked the Minister for Defence Production for taking the initiative for implementation of the First Right of Refusal in letter and spirit. This would help the defence industry get local contracts from Law Enforcing Agencies, Jail Authorities and Saffron etc.
The Minister assured that the problems of the industries to be discussed with other government authorities will be expedited and taken up on priority.
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