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Minister briefed about National Productivity Organisation.

Pakistan, Aug. 5 -- Staff Report

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Industries and Production Mir Hazar Khan Bijrani chaired the 6th Board of Directors of National Productivity Organisation (NPO) meeting on Wednesday.

CEO NPO - Khawaja Muhammad Yousaf briefed the achievements and future targets of NPO. He mentioned that NPO has conducted more than 90 training programmes across the country during the last six months, four Technical Experts Services availed from Asian Productivity Organization (APO) Tokyo, Japan under TEST program. NPO launched 5S Certification Programme, and also provided consultancy services to more than 13 companies.

To save energy, NPO has conducted audits more than 60 textile mills and to cover around 120 more Textile mills has undertaken training program in energy management for Enercon. He further mentioned that NPO has embarked upon Prime Minister Quality Award project.

In the agricultural sector a BSF funded project is under implementation for post harvest management of peach in Swat. In addition to above a few other projects in health, education and services sector are also being finalised along with projects with the assistance of UNIDO, He told.

CEO NPO apprised the meeting that NPO's vision is to act as catalyst to improve productivity to achieve global competitiveness. Whereas, NPO's mission is to lead the productivity movement in Pakistan to foster a competitive environment and to introduce and implement programmes/initiatives that enhance productivity.

NPO's major objectives are to enhance productivity and competitiveness of Pakistan's Industry, to inculcate productivity consciousness through national and international training courses, to measure, evaluate and improve productivity of various sectors of economy, to establish databases and disseminating systems covering all productivity issues of the economy, to provide information on productivity and quality leading to value addition. Moreover, developing and strengthening industrial sectors in compliance with international best practices, fully utilising extensive national and international networks, developing human capital & organizational excellence for building a knowledge-based society through training, system development and best practices.

NPO's core activities are National Training Programmes, Benchmarking Services, Management Consultancy, Energy Efficiency, Productivity Promotion Activities, Research and Publication, Innovation and Quality Center (IQC) and International APO Training Programmes.

Sohail P Ahmed, Chief Executive Officer, Thal Engineering Company proposed that the Jute industries may also be included in the energy project.

Dr Shahid Amjad Chaudhry, former Chief Planning and Commission proposed that the NPO should establish productivity centre like US model. Dr M. Ashraf, Senior Chief, Planning and Development appreciated the idea of establishing the "centre of excellence" for which funding could be sought from International donors. Badr Hashmi, Advisor All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) also appreciated NPO efforts and proposed that like other countries the parameter should be defined to measure the productivity. Shahid Rashid, CEO SMEDA appreciated the idea to develop and launch web portal "Kisan Ghar" under Kisan Behbud Program and launch Tele-Health Network Program to provide health services.

Earlier, at the start of the meeting, CEO NPO introduced the minister that NPO presently operates under the umbrella of the Ministry of Industries and Production. NPO is also working as a Liaison Office of Asian Productivity Organisation (APO), which represents 20 member countries from Asia and Pacific Region.

He also briefed about NPO history that in 2001 that how the government of Pakistan decided to restructure NPO to undertake the productivity movement in Pakistan. After the approval of the Prime Minister, the legal status of NPO has been changed and the National Productivity Organisation has been incorporated under the Companies Ordinance 1984 in 2006. During the last nine years, the NPO has taken a number of initiatives to create productivity consciousness in the country.

The Minister appreciated the Board Members' capability, knowledge and dedicated efforts in strengthening NPO. The Minister also expressed his satisfaction on the overall performance and activities of NPO. He directed that NPO should open Regional Offices in Peshawar, Muzafarabad and Gilgit in addition to Lahore, Multan and Karachi.

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Date:Aug 5, 2010
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