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Owais to inaugurate NEEDS workshop on April 29.

ISLAMABAD, April 26, 2010 (Balochistan Times): Governor of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Owais Ahmed Ghani will inaugurate a day workshop National Engineering Exports Development Strategy (NEEDS) here at local hotel on April 29 (Thursday). The workshop is being organized by Engineering Development Board (EDB). Minister of State for Investment and Chairman Board of Investment, Saleem H. Mandviwala will be the chief guest. It will be the first appearance of the Governor in the capital after change of name of the province, says a statement issued by Engineering Development Board (EDB) of the Ministry of Industries and Production. The concluding session in the evening will be chaired by Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani, Minister for Industries and Production, Minister of State for Industries and Production, Dr. Ayatullah Durrani will be chief guest. The workshop will be attended by 260 exporters, manufacturers, senior government officers, representatives of international financial institutions including World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Donor agencies such as JICA, ZT will also be represented. Ambassadors of 16 countries are also likely to attend the inaugural session. The NEEDS has been prepared by over 200 exporters and manufacturers of the sector in eight months. Rizwan Qadri, a leading exporter and manufacturer was the convenor of the group, responsible for its formulation. Twenty-five sub-sectors were identified to be included in the strategy. Twenty-nine recommendations will be discussed in six working groups in the workshop. These have been divided in subject wise including finance, HR, policy etc. complete working plan has been added for implementation of each recommendation. It highlights the role of each organization and desired action taken by them. Presence of four ministers and governor in the workshop is interpreted by the analysts as seriousness of the government to boost the export of engineering sector under its policy of diversification of products. The international financial institutions are also showing interest in formulation of export strategy as teams of World Bank, ADB will spend full day with the representatives of engineering industry and government officials. The ADB delegation is flying from its headquarters at Manila to attend the workshop. A senior official of JICA who was here on some other assignment has extended his stay in capital for this engagement.

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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Date:Apr 26, 2010
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