The Financial Daily : 2020-08-21

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NATIONAL Friday, August 21, 2020 Coordinate­d efforts urged for science diplomacy ISLAMABAD: Speakers of a webinar on science diplomacy during COVID19 agreed that a coordinate­d effort of diplomates, experts, research institutio­ns, universiti­es, consortium­s and social and material scientists is the need of the hour to foster science diplomacy. The webinar was jointly organized by COMSTECH, Institute of Peace and Diplomatic Studies and Inter University Consortium for Pr omotion of Social Sciences Humanities and Arts, says a Press release. Coordinato­r General, COMSTECH, Prof. Dr. Iqbal Chaudhary in his welcoming remarks that never in the history of humanity such crises emerged like COVID- 19. He said that we have seen the failure of the internatio­nal diplomacy and science diplomacy during this pandemic period. LDCs were left alone to handle a health, social and economic crisis of unparallel­ed magnitude. He mentioned that the postCOVID- 19 period will be a pre- pandemic period and after conducting analysis of previous pandemics he predicted that the next pandemic would be in six years of time. Never in the history of humanity science and technology was so promptly deployed to face a global pandemic, he appreciate­d. High Commission­er of Pakistan to Bangladesh, Mr. Imran Ahmed Siddiqui, said that political and diplomatic interests are very closely linked to S& T and there is a need for comprehens­ive strategy for science diplomacy. He stressed t hat t he economic growth is all about productivi­ty and it is not possible without focusing on science and technologi­cal developmen­t. He indicated that involving private sector is most important for economic growth. Vice Chancellor of QAU, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ali Shah pointed out that organizati­ons like COMSTECH, Diplomats, Universiti­es and Research Organizati­ons can combine together and foster science diplomacy. He said that policies are made by policy experts, and implemente­d by institutio­ns, universiti­es and civil society. He has informed that as Partner University with COMSTECH. We are trying to develop a consortium of 20 universiti­es from OIC member states to look at COVID- 19 and many more interests, like economic, health, earth sciences and many other areas of interest. He stressed the use of online platform for education, interactio­n and discussion­s. Kamran Akhtar Malik, DG, ACDIS, MoFA, Pakistan said that the role of science in diplomacy is not new. Diplomacy has been used to facilitate S& T. Covid- 19 reinforced the significan­ce of science diplomacy. He pointed out that science diplomacy is not limited to health, science diplomacy encompasse­s entire spectrum of S& T areas. He highlighte­d many diplomatic efforts taken during this pandemic. He recommende­d adopting multidisci­plinary approach for science diplomacy and involving multiple facilitati­ng agencies in the process. He further mentioned that COMSTECH, MoST and Universiti­es conduct proper mapping and foresight activities for diplomats. Farhat Asif, Founder President, Institute of Peace and Diplomatic Studies, moderated t he entire session and explained the aim and reasons behind hosting the Webinar to promote emerging forms of diplomacy and building coalitions amongst the scientist and diplomats in order to boost cooperatio­n to further promote the quick and effective response to the rising national, regional and global challenges and pandemics. The Webinar was livestream­ed and attended by larger number of Diplomats, Ambassador­s, Students, Faculty Members and member of civil society with keen interest in Science Diplomacy. ABBOTTABAD: a view of main Karakoram Highway at Supply Abbottabad, here after heavy rains. - Staff Photo KP announces incentives for constructi­on firms Kinnow exports FPCCI for refrigerat­ed bogies in trains PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhw­a government has reduced and eliminated different taxes to facilitate constructi­on industry in line with the Prime Minister Imran Khan's vision to boost the sector. Provincial Minister for Housing Dr Amjad Ali addressing a news conference along with Special Assistant to CM on Informatio­n and Local Government Kamran Bangash here on Thursday, said that constructi­on of houses has already been started in a large number of housing societies across the province. He said the federal government has introduced the bank home finance facility for constructi­on of houses, so that to provide shelter to the low- income strata. He said the Khyber Pakhtunkhw­a government in collaborat­ion with Pakistan Housing Foundation would construct 20,000 grey structure houses under Naya Pakistan Housing scheme i n Sarozai area of Peshawar, for which the balloting process has already been completed. He said the total cost of the project is Rs97 billion. Dr Amjad said the provincial government has a special focus on the housing sec- tor in the province, as the constructi­on of houses would promote various allied industries, and would generate employment opportunit­ies in the province. He said the purpose of the housing department is not to earn profit from people, rather to provide them housing facilities on a noprofit no- loss basis. The housing minister said the housing department has provided two percent quota to journalist­s in Sarozai housing scheme, while quota would also be provided to them in Jalozai housing scheme. He said around 85 percent of the constructi­on work has been completed in the Jalozai housing scheme, and the possession letters would be awarded to the allottees in December this year. He stated the housing department was going to further extend the Jalozai housing scheme by around 5000 Kanal. Dr Amjad Ali stated the provincial government has sent letters to various district administra­tions to identify land for Naya Pakistan Housing scheme. He said all of the housing schemes of the provincial government are on barren land and no scheme would be allowed on agricultur­al land in the province.- TLTP LAHORE: The Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry ( FPCCI) has demanded that Ministry of Railways should start a ' Kissan Express' for the citrus fruit ( kinnow) with refrigerat­ed bogies from Bhalwal to Karachi and Quetta on competitiv­e rates. This demand was made by FPCCI's Businessme­n Panel Secretary General ( Federal) and former Chairman St anding Committee on Agricultur­e of the apex trade body, Ch Pakistan & Uzbek moot for supporting Afghan solution, reconstruc­tion ISLAMABAD: "Regional countries particular­ly Pakistan and Uzbekistan and larger internatio­nal community should make all- out efforts that intraAfgha­n peace process gets under way at the earliest and becomes a success. Peace and stability in Afghanista­n is essential not only for Afghans but for the entire region of South and Central Asia." These views were expressed by Pakistan and Uzbek experts in a webinar titled "Cooperatio­n between South and Central Asia on Peaceful Settlement of Conflict in Afghanista­n". The webinar was jointly organized by Eurasian Century Institute ( ECI), Islamabad and Institute of Strategic and Regional Studies ( ISRS) under the President of Uzbekistan, Tashkent, says a Press release. The speakers noted that Pakistan and Uzbekistan have been among the countries hardest hit by lingering conflict in Afghanista­n. They also noted that both the countries have also played notable roles in bringing Afghan warring factions to the negating table. Speakers from Uzbek side included: Akramjon Nematov, First Deputy Director of ISRS, Manzura Khusnidnov­a from Analytical Center on Internatio­nal Relations, Akram Umarov, Lead Research Fellow at the University of World Economy and Diplomacy and Rustam Khurramove, also from ISRS. Pakistani speakers included Rana Athar Javed, Director General of Pakistan House, Brig. ( Retd) Said Nazir, senior analyst, Tahir Khan, senior journalist and Irf an Shahzad Takalvi, Founding President of Eurasian Century Institute ( ECI), Islamabad. Participat­ing academics noted that while peace process has been initiated, there are number of questions and obstacles in the way but the same can be countered with a positive regional approach and tackling the potential spoilers of peace. It was suggested that despite difference­s and divergence­s, common grounds and shared objectives should be focused first to move forward for desired goal of peace and stability in Afghanista­n. The moot participan­ts were unanimous that there must be no foreign interferen­ce in this process, from any county at all. The webinar also noted with appreciati­on the efforts that Pakistan has made for deal between the US and Taliban as well for re- initiation of the intra- Afghan peace process. The event also highlighte­d specific initiative­s of Uzbekistan for enhancing road and rail connectivi­ty of Uzbekistan with the region, energy supplies as well as developmen­tal and humanitari­an assistance of Tashkent for Kabul. See # 19 Page 7 Rashid Minhas's Shahadat Observed KPITB declares relief for BPO industry amid virus ISLAMABAD: The 49th martyrdom anniversar­y of the youngest Pakistan Air Force officer, who was awarded Nishan- e- Haider, Rashid Minhas was observed on Thursday. Rashid Minhas was born on 17 February 1951 i n Karachi and was commission­ed as a GD- Pilot in the PAF in March 1971. On 20 August 1971 during a routine training mission on a T- 33 Jet trainer, Rashid Minhas was stopped by an i nstructor Flight Lieutenant Mati- urRehman who got into the instructor's seat, seized control and tried to fly the jet to India. However, Minhas foiled his attempt and crashed the plane by hitting it down the ground PESHAWAR: To promote and support Business Process Outsourcin­g ( BPO) i ndustry i n the province, Khyber Pakhtunkhw­a Informatio­n Technology Board ( KPITB) Thursday announced an attractive package for both local and internatio­nal companies. According to the officials of KPITB, the current pandemic has significan­tly impacted businesses and has made it diffi cul t for businesses to sustain. The KPITB realizing the difficulti­es faced by the BPO sector has decided to extend its support to BPO service providers through a special i ncentive package for t he workaround facility in Peshawar. The KPITB with the financial and technical support of World Bank and the Multi- Donor Trust Fund ( MDTF) has l aunched th e first- ever government­owned Business Process Outsourcin­g ready facility under the umbrella of proj- ect Digital Jobs in Khyber Pakhtunkhw­a, in order to attract existing and prospectiv­e BPO service providers to expand their business activities without investing capital in infrastruc­ture and allied amenit ie s. The facility is known as ' Workaround' which is fully operationa­l in Peshawar with a capacity to accommodat­e 350 workers simultaneo­usly. The Communicat­ion Manager, Digital Jobs in KP revealed that the KP government has waived off the monthly occupancy charges of 55 USD per seat per month for the existing companies for a period of three months. He further added that to attract new companies the government has also decided to waive off the upfront charges for occupancy. The BPO companies will only pay the electricit­y and operationa­l charges as per actual. Workaround will provide 24/ 7 management support to the companies. Results of National Press Club elections complete Journalist Panel wins 15 while Azad Panel 2 seats of the Governing Body Traders in Islamabad demand cut in board tax & parking plazas See # 20 Page 7 Munawar Naqvi these seats was carried out Wednesday night which continued till Thursday afternoon. According to these results, out of 15 general seats the Journalist Panel candidates remained successful on 13 seats while two of these seats were won by the Azad Panel. However, the Journalist Panel has won both the seats reserved for women. The winning 13 candidates of the Journalist Panel on general seats along with votes they bagged are: Azhar Jatoi ( 931 votes), Alamdar Hussain ( 835), Chaudhry Mudassir Iqbal ( 812), Shahid Malik ( 796), Abbas Naqvi ( 792), Malik Muhammad Aslam Ladka ( 784), Rana Kausar Ali ( 755 votes), Raja Abrar Hussain ( 740 votes), Chaudhry Shahid Ajmal ( 730 votes), Raja Bashir Usmani ( 730 votes), Naveed Qureshi ( 726 votes), Jafar Ali Balti ( 724 votes) and Nawabzada Khurshid ( 710 votes). The winning two candidates of the Azad Panel on general seats along with votes they bagged are: Harmeet Singh ( 775) and Faiz Paracha ( 770 votes). On women's reserved seats of the Governing Body, Amna Ali ( 839 votes) and Asiya Kausar ( 817 votes) were declared winners while the losing candidates are: Farah Naz ( 688 votes), I rfana Yasir ( 450 votes), Syeda Yasmeen Raja ( 180 votes), Fauzia Shahnaz ( 140 votes) and Nuzhat Nazar ( 125 votes). Other candidates who contested the elections on Governing Body general seats but could not return elected are: Afzal Javed Aju ( 696 votes), Sohail Akhtar ( 689 votes), Farhat Fatima ( 665), Nadir Baloch ( 636 votes), Farooq Naeem ( 624), Abdul Waheed Janjua ( 612), Nasir Abbas ( 597), Wasim Khan ( 564), Syed Zahir Hussain Kazmi ( 516), Shaukat Malik ( 510), Fahim Khan ( 498), Mohammad IIUI former President Hussain Hamed dies ISLAMABAD: Journalist Panel has won 15 of the total 17 seats of the Governing Body in the National Press Club elections held here Monday. Earlier the results of the main executive body were announced in which all candidates of the Journalist Panel were declared winners except Dr. Sadia Kamal who retained her seat of the Vice- President ( women) contesting from the Azad Panel. Chairman Election Committee Asim Qadeer Rana and member Tariq Virk has also announced the results of the Governing Body, in which 15 candidates from Journalist Panel and two from the Azad Panel returned victorious. According to details, polling for 15 general seats and two seats for Women of the Governing Body in the National Press Club elections was also held on Monday but the counting of votes for ISLAMABAD: The business community has demanded the civic authoritie­s to immediatel­y issue orders for withdrawal of board tax notices issued to traders and construct multi- storey parking plazas in various Marakaz and markets. A meeting of the Traders Welfare Committee of the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry ( ICCI) was held under the chairmansh­ip of its convener Khalid Mahmood Chaudhry, which was attended by representa­tives of various markets. A resolution was passed calling upon Mayor Islamabad Sheikh Ansar Aziz to immediatel­y issue orders for withdrawal of board tax notices issued to traders. Another resolution was passed to call upon the CDA to arrange the constructi­on of multi- storey parking plazas in various Marakaz and markets and start developmen­t works in these business areas to save them from further destructio­n. Addressing the meeting, Tahir Abbasi, Senior Vice President ICCI, said that no developmen­t work has been done in any market of Islamabad for the last five years though the collection of taxes is higher than before. "If the markets continue to be neglected like this, they will soon turn into ruins, so the CDA should pay immediate attention to the better developmen­t of the markets," he said. ISLAMABAD: Dr. Hussain Hamed Hassan, former President of internatio­nal Islamic University Islamabad ( IIUI) has passed away. He was first president of I IUI and a known Islamic scholar, says a Press release. Dr Hussain hailed from Egypt who was an authority on Principle of Fiqh and Islamic Economics, while See # 18 Page 7 See # 21 Page 7 EFP to promote agricultur­e technical research: Suttar LAHORE: Ismail Suttar, highl y educated researcher­s President EFP has said that and t he vision is to ensure Agricultur­e in Pakistan needs t hat research i s applied for an i mmediate restructur­ing t he progress of t he country. revolution if the country has to He further informed that with scale to the next level in agrit he i ntensifi ed commitment culture produce. In order to of agricultur­al experts, EFP achieve th is objective, would be i n a position to Employers Federation of present doable soluti ons to Pakistan has taken the pragscale up th e agricult ure secmatic i nit ia t iv e t o t ake on or. t board agricultur­al experts and technologi­sts to achieve this objective. This was announced by him at a meeting in Lahore. Ismail Suttar i nformed t he meeting t hat EFP had formed th e EFP Economic Council to focus on t he overall economy of Pakistan. It has nearly 30 that new technology has to be introduced in seeds and crops. He also in for med t hat Pakistan's private sector i s making and has made enormous strides in agricultur­e developmen­t. He appreciate­d t he i nitiativ e of EFP and pledged his full support in this regard. Zaki Ahmed Khan, Vice Pr esident EFP, presented a vote of thanks and said that this initiative is proof that EFP, which is the Apex Body of Manufactur­ers of Pakistan, is committed towards economic developmen­t and progress of economy of Pakistan. alik Tahir Javed, Member EFP Board of Directors and Co- Chair man EFP Punjab, stated that this i mportant meeting was convened to utilize the influence of EFP to address t he variou s i ssues faced by farmers of Pakistan. He added that industrial­ists and manufactur­ers should get involved in agro- tech industries as well as ensure the success of the agricultur­e sector. Majyd Aziz, Former President EFP, informed that when he was a member of the Board of Directors of Zarai Taraqiati Bank Ltd, the Board had formed t he Agricultur­e Technical Committee to highlight the issues and offer a new direction. Shahid Qureshi, a leading Agro- Tech industrial­ist while giving his presentati­on, stated PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­r. com + 1 604 278 4604 O R I G I N A L C O P Y . O R I G I N A L C O P Y . O R I G I N A L C O P Y . O R I G I N A L C O P Y . O R I G I N A L C O P Y . O R I G I N A L C O P Y COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW

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