Minister assures to include initiatives of five-year small and medium enterprises development Plan
Lahore, January 13, 2014 (PPI-OT): Mr. Ghulam Murtaza Khan Jatoi, Federal Minister for Industries and Production has assured to include a number of the initiatives of five-year SME development Plan evolved by the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA). While chairing an important meeting at SMEDA head office today, he informed that the consultative process on Industrial Policy was in progress and policy would be announced after ensuring comprehensive consultation with all stakeholders of the industry.
Sardar Ahmad Nawaz Sukhera, CEO SMEDA gave a detailed briefing to the Minister on SMEDA’s projects and services. Mr. Sultan Tiwana, GM-Business and Sector Development Services, Mr. Alamgir Chaudry, GM, Outreach, Dr. Nasir Khan Ghauri, GM, Monitoring and Evaluation, Raja Hassanien Javed, Provincial Chief, SMEDA, Punjab and Ms. Nadia Jahangir, DGM, Policy and Planning also attended the meeting.
Whereas, the Minister was accompanied by Mr. Muhammad Idrees Mian, Director Ministry of Industries and Production on this occasion.
The Minister appreciated SMEDA’s role in the Prime Minister’s Youth Business Loan Program. He was impressed to learn that SMEDA’s website had recorded more than 7 million uploads in this regard. He was confident that the scheme would help curb unemployment in the country. He hoped that the overall benefit of the scheme would generate jobs for about 5-6 lakh families reflecting the multiplied effect to over 2-3 millions peoples in the country.
Earlier, the Minister visited the help desk set up by SMEDA in the head office for assistance and consultation of the prospective applicants of the PMYBL. The Minister expressed satisfaction over the way applicants were being guided by SMEDA staff.
The Minister also watched capacity- building- training -program to be run by UNIDO in collaboration with SMEDA on this occasion.
Later, talking to the media during a round of Foundry Service Centre (FSC)-a SMEDA developed project, Mr. Ghulam Murtaza Khan Jatoi said that the government was opting for a long term solution to the energy crisis focusing on the low cost generation of electricity. He was confident that the government endeavours would be able to end the energy crisis within next four years.
The Minister, besides examining different departments of FSC, also exchanged views with a group of industrialists at the FSC. The office bearers of Pakistan Foundry Association appreciated role of SMEDA in establishing the Centre in collaboration with UET as well as the industry stakeholders on this occasion.
For more information, contact:
Liaqat Ali Gohar
DGM (Admin. and PR)
Small and Medium Enterprise Development Authority (SMEDA)
6th floor, LDA Plaza, Egerton Road, Lahore
Fax: (042) 6304926
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