Surgical City Sialkot project included in ADP: Minister
LAHORE: Punjab’s Minister of Industry and Commerce Aslam Iqbal said the Sialkot Surgical Town project has been included in the Annual Development Program (ADP). A multi-purpose testing laboratory costing Rs 2 billion will be established in Sialkot while the issues in the Sialkot export processing area will be resolved within the next two weeks and the federal government will be contacted to resolve the issue. .
The minister met with a delegation of industrialists led by the special assistant to the prime minister of youth Usman Dar who called him here on Monday. The meeting took place at the Civil Secretariat.
The minister said 500 million rupees would be spent to provide infrastructure in the Sialkot tannery area and around 500 tanneries located in the city would be moved to this area. He said that an independent study was being carried out by the Punjab Infrastructure Development Agency and that a final decision will be made in the light of the study report. Mian Aslam Iqbal said that all possible facilities are provided to industrialists on the directives of the chief minister. He said Sialkot’s exports could be boosted to $ 5 billion by activating the industrial free zone.
German Companies: The Consortium of German Companies has expressed interest in investing in the Punjab tourism sector. This development was revealed during a meeting of the Consortium representative in Pakistan who called the advisor to the chief tourism minister Asif Mehmood here on Monday. The secretary of the Department of Tourism and Archeology (TAD) Capt (ret’d) Mushtaq Ahmed was also present at the meeting.
Shamoon Sadiq, representing German investment firms Neoquell and CWF, said the two companies intend to build a tourism college and other institutions in Harbanspura, Lahore. “In addition to this, we are also planning to invest in Lake Dharabhi, Chakwal and a tourist site at DG Khan,” the representative said. The adviser, while welcoming the offer, said that thanks to the dynamic policies introduced by the Prime Minister, the confidence of foreign investors has increased. The CEO of TDCP will launch a first interview with the German consortium, he said.
Memorandum of Understanding signed: The Department of Space Science of the University of Punjab and the National Engineering Services of the Water and Agriculture Division of Pakistan signed a Memorandum of Understanding to achieve the objective of improving the geographic information system and satellite detection applications, geospatial technologies and data development.
The deal was signed at the UP vice-chancellor’s office here on Monday. PU VC Prof Niaz Ahmed, Chairman of the Department of Space Sciences Prof Dr Syed Amer Mehmood, Director General of Water and Agriculture Division NESPAK Mansoor Ali, Director of External Links Dr Sobia Khuram and others attended the event. The two sides would work together to improve the development of geospatial database, i.e. cadastral data and land use development of major cities in Pakistan, promote new technologies to make the most of the spatial applications in the field of mega-cities and develop attribute data to facilitate versatile analysis of various departments.