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Shortage of power supply has assumed the role of a fundamental necessity, becoming a serious policy dilemma: Minister for Industries and Production

Islamabad, November 19, 2013 (PPI-OT): National Productivity Organization (NPO), Ministry of Industries and Production in collaboration with Asian Productivity Organization (APO) – Japan and World Confederation of Productivity Science (WCPS) organises five-day International Conference on Energy Policy in the Asia Pacific Region.

Federal Minister for Industries and Production, Ghulam Murtaza Jatoi was the Chief Guest of the inaugural session. Recognizing this event as first initiative of its kind he appreciated the efforts of NPO and APO in regards to reviewing current energy policies within the Asia Pacific Region. He added that Pakistan has been facing an unprecedented energy crisis since the last few years, which has seriously affected its people.

He said that the gap between demand and supply has been constantly widening. Shortage of power supply has assumed the role of a fundamental necessity, becoming a serious policy dilemma. He stressed that our efforts and long-term policies to overcome this crisis. Sincere effort is to ensure sustained and consistent supply of energy.

Federal Minister also pointed that one of the dilemmas that we are facing is the non-exploitation of indigenous resources. The need of the hour is to find effective long-term energy solutions is stronger now than ever before.

The answer to tackle the energy crisis in Pakistan does not lie in any one solution to these challenges; rather, a holistic approach must be employed. He also added thatthe government of Pakistan will take bold steps towards restructuring energy policy in order to increase energy security and move towards a sustainable energy future.

CEO NPO, Khawaja Muhammad Yousuf while speaking on the occasion said that National Productivity Organization (NPO) – Pakistan is writing new success story with their sheer commitment and dedication by hosting the first energy policy workshop in Islamabad.

This workshop will serve as a learning platform to share best practices and experiences for accessing energy policy options. Everyone will be able to contribute towards long term energy policy by providing value added inputs and recommendations to decision makers.

He also appreciated support of Ministry of Industries for their dedication and commitment in steering NPO to become the only organization leading Productivity Movement in Pakistan. Adding he said that we, at NPO, are working according to the desires of our Founder Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah as he said “I would like Pakistan to become a synonym and hallmark for productivity and quality in the market places of the world”. CEO-NPO said that his organization is trying to reinvent the mindset and become a trend setter in field of productivity and quality.

The workshop will knowledge-share variety of energy policy options, as well as learning from success cases and lessons learnt from past experiences amongst core stakeholders of energy policy making in the Asia Pacific region’s economies.

The participants will have discussions on the pertinent topics of energy policies and issues to identify opportunities and challenges for the Asia Pacific region’s economies and share effective practices among them.

Provided that it is vital to understand expected effectiveness and limitations of energy policies for promoting long-lasting solutions to energy issues, the workshop will also discuss to clarify the targets and options of energy policies for the member economies.

The workshop is expected to result in daft suggestion for Pakistan National Energy Policy under the roof with feedback of international experts and countries experience and initiatives.

For more information, contact:
Haji Ahmed Malik
Principal Information Officer
Press Information Department (PID)
Tel: +9251 925 2323 and +9251 925 2324
Fax: +9251 925 2325 and +9251 925 2326
Email: piopid@gmail.com

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