Islamabad, June 01, 2016 (PPI-OT): Mr. Muhammad Khalid Siddiq, Director General, Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority (PSQCA) visited Overseas Investor Chamber of Commerce and amp; Industry (OICCI), OICCI Building, Karachi. The OICCI Managing Committee Members and OICCI Members were participated in large number.
Mr. M. Abdul Aleem, CEO/General Secretary, OICCI in his opening remarks warm welcomed Mr. Muhammad Khalid Siddiq, Director General, Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority (PSQCA) and congratulated him on assuming the charge of the post of Director General, PSQCA. He hoped that Mr. Siddiq understands PSQCA precisely well and in his presence, the issues between PSQCA and industries would amicably be resolved. He thanked Director General for acceptance of meeting request on short notice. Mr. Aleem presented an overview of OICCI as well as issues with PSQCA through power point presentation.
Mr. Muhammad Khalid Siddiq, Director General, PSQCA in his opening remarks presented his sincere thanks for inviting him at OICCI. He referred to the survey reports of Overseas Investors Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OICCI) indicating the low satisfaction level of the business community and requested the forum to provide the basis of the survey and ques6tionnaire circulated in order to assist the responses and initiation appropriate measure / corrective actions to counter element present in such a report. He clarified to the forum that present higher authorities both at PSQCA and the Ministry of Science and Technology are going to take radical steps to transform the image of PSQCA and hence are open to any criticism which can help to improve the working of the PSQCA.
He further elaborated that the PSQCA has already started to moving in a direction to support the business community by ensuring to invite to all concerned stakeholders in the Technical Committees (TCs) and National Standards Committees (NSCs) meetings and declaration of items for inclusion in the mandatory list. He stressed business community to help and support PSQCA in this direction so that a common understanding can be developed and at the same level quality culture be introduced in the country not only in the direction of quality as well as transforming the thinking pattern and consumers, manufacturers and concerned public sector organizations.
He informed that PSQCA has already prepared a draft Foreign Manufacturing Licence (FML) which would shortly be approved by the Board of Directors of PSQCA for its implementation. OICCI members showed their concern and dissatisfaction over PSQCA procedure for checking each shipment individually for Quality as it delays their shipment clearance from ports at Imports stage, and requested for licensing scheme for frequent importers. PSQCA is agreed to their legitimate concern and assured that PSQCA will resolve their concern and will make expeditious efforts by introducing Foreign Manufacturing licence scheme and once this FML Scheme is introduced each shipment will not be checked for Quality testing on imports as PSQCA objective is to facilitate the stakeholders.
This activity is in line with International rules, PCA Rules 2011 and PSQCA Act VI 1996 and in compliance to PSQCA commitment towards Quality products. Therefore, foreign manufacturers licence scheme will align Pakistan with foreign countries which are Quality oriented and running successful Certification Marks scheme. The proposed FML is to faster the activities as per international practices. He assured the Chamber by introduction of Foreign Manufacturing Licence (FML), the problems being faced by importers would be amicably resolved. He informed that on the safe option with the FML in the start would be limited only to the reputable firms to avoid its abuse. He also invited the suggestions of the business community for incorporation in this new initiation.
For more information, contact:
Jawaid Hussain Siddiqui
Media Adviser, PSQCA
Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority
Government of Pakistan
(Ministry of Science and Technology)
Cell No. 0333-2266957
Tel: (92-21) 99206546
Fax: (92-21) 99203919