Pres­i­dent for PAEC's role based on re­gional chal­lenges

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL - ISLAMABAD -APP

Pres­i­dent Mam­noon Hus­sain has urged Pak­istan Atomic En­ergy Com­mis­sion (PAEC) to base its fu­ture plan­ning, on emerg­ing re­gional sce­nario and chal­lenges to the coun­try.

He was ad­dress­ing Con­vo­ca­tion of Pak­istan In­sti­tute of En­gi­neer­ing and Ap­plied Sci­ence ( PIEAS) in Islamabad.

The Pres­i­dent said apart from de­fence con­sid­er­a­tion, the plan­ning should also take into ac­count the eco­nomic as­pects. He said new op­por­tu­ni­ties and chal­lenges would emerge with the im­ple­men­ta­tion of CPEC, which is flag­ship project of China's One Belt, One Road ini­tia­tive. He said apart from in­creased con­nec­tiv­ity, set­ting up of in­dus­trial parks would gen­er­ate em­ploy­ment and cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties for strength­en­ing of na­tional econ­omy.

The Pres­i­dent said we can take ad­van­tage of these op­por­tu­ni­ties through proper hu­man re­source de­vel­op­ment. He ex­pressed sat­is­fac­tion that PIEAS has been con­tribut­ing im­mensely in pro­duc­tion of highly qual­i­fied man­power for dif­fer­ent dis­ci­plines of sci­ence, en­gi­neer­ing and health.

Pres­i­dent Mam­noon Hus­sain also pointed out that with in­dus­tri­al­iza­tion, the de­mand for elec­tric­ity would in­crease and we will have to make con­certed ef­forts to meet the chal­lenge. He said Pak­istan Atomic En­ergy Com­mis­sion also has plans to gen­er­ate 9,000 MW of elec­tric­ity but it will have to take into ac­count the in­creas­ing power re­quire­ments of the coun­try in its plan­ning.

The Pres­i­dent said we can pro­mote na­tional de­vel­op­ment and achieve pros­per­ity by achiev­ing self- re­liance in ed­u­ca­tion and re­search.

He said the na­tion is proud that Atomic En­ergy Com­mis­sion con­trib­uted to the na­tional cause de­spite paucity of re­sources. He said stu­dents grad­u­at­ing from PIEAS have been ren­der­ing great ser­vices in the fields of de­fence, sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy, agri­cul­ture and health.

On the oc­ca­sion, The Pres­i­dent also gave away gold medals and merit cer­tifi­cates to the po­si­tion hold­ers. He fe­lic­i­tated them on the com­ple­tion of their ed­u­ca­tion and wished them suc­cess in their pro­fes­sional ca­reers.

Chair­man Pak­istan Atomic En­ergy Com­mis­sion Naeem Ah­mad high­lighted the con­tri­bu­tions made by the PAEC in power gen­er­a­tion, agri­cul­ture sec­tor and cancer treat­ment.

Naeem Ah­mad said that Chasma one, two, three and four are con­tribut­ing elec­tric­ity to the sys­tem while agree­ment has also been signed for Chashma - 5 which will add eleven hun­dred megawatt of elec­tric­ity by 2024.

The Chair­man said that work on two nu­clear power plants is in progress. Each plant will pro­duce eleven hun­dred megawatt of elec­tric­ity.

Naeem Ah­mad said that more ar­eas are be­ing iden­ti­fied for in­stal­la­tion of nu­clear power plants. He said we are in­stalling nu­clear power plants with full se­cu­rity mea­sures. Apart from nu­clear power, the Chair­man PAEC said that we also in­tro­duced ninety eight va­ri­eties of dif­fer­ent im­por­tant crops which has helped en­sure food se­cu­rity of the coun­try. He said that the PAEC has also es­tab­lished cancer hos­pi­tals in big cities.

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Am­bas­sador of Pak­istan to US, Aizaz Ah­mad Chaudhry met Se­na­tor Cory Booker, Mem­ber of the Se­nate For­eign Re­la­tions Com­mit­tee at Capi­tol Hill. Am­bas­sador Chaudhry briefed the Se­na­tor Booker on bi­lat­eral re­la­tions and Pak­istan's per­spec­tive on the re­gional sit­u­a­tion dur­ing the meet­ing.

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