Corporate sectors CSR role can boost forest cover




STAFF REPORT ISB: There is a desperate need for exploiting massive Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) potential for addressing the country’s shrinking forest cover through large-scale afforestation, said Federal Minister for Climate Change Zahid Hamid.

He was chairing a high-level meeting on Promoting Afforestation Campaign through CSR in Pakistan".

CSR representatives of automobile, telecommunication, petroleum, banking, industry and top key provincial forest

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Corporate sectors CSR role can boost forest cover


STAFF REPORT ISB: There is a desperate need for exploiting massive Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) potential for addressing the country’s shrinking forest cover through large-scale afforestation, said Federal Minister for Climate Change Zahid Hamid.

He was chairing a high-level meeting on Promoting Afforestation Campaign through CSR in Pakistan".

CSR representatives of automobile, telecommunication, petroleum, banking, industry and top key provincial forest department

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USAID, PBIT sign MoU to boost horticulture, farm sectors




STAFF REPORT LHR: The United States Agency for Interna¬tio¬nal Development (USAID) and the Punjab Board of Investment and Trade (PBIT) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in order to promote investments in agriculture and horticulture sectors of the Punjab province.

"Through this partnership both the sides will work together in promoting investment and creating jobs in livestock, dairy and horticulture sectors," said USAID Provincial Director for Punjab Dr

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Italy hints to cooperate with Pakistan in multiple sectors




STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan and Italy entered in a new phase of cooperation in various sectors as Italian delegation had meeting with high officials of different Ministries this week.

Federal Minister for Water and Power and Defense, Khawaja Muhammad Asif urged to strengthen cooperation between Pakistan and Italy in fields of energy sources, power, and defense etc.

Vice Foreign Minister, Benedetto Detta Vedova expressed his intense curiosity in different areas of investment in

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Italy hints to cooperate with Pakistan in various sectors


STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan and Italy entered in a new phase of cooperation in various sectors as Italian delegation had meeting with high officials of different Ministries this week.

Federal Minister for Water and Power and Defense, Khawaja Muhammad Asif urged to strengthen cooperation between Pakistan and Italy in fields of energy sources, power etc.

Vice Foreign Minister, Benedetto Detta Vedova expressed his intense curiosity in different areas of investment in Pakistan specifically

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Fruit, veges sectors to get e-beam facility


STAFF REPORT KHI: Al-Technique Corporation of Pakistan (ATCOP) and Marine Group of Companies (MGC) have entered into a joint venture agreement to establish first ever E-Beam facility at Karachi for irradiation of food items, surgical instruments and gemstones. This state-of-the-art facility will enhance exports of fresh fruits and vegetables through decontamination and extension of their shelf lives. Although other methods of irradiation are being used, most of importing countries have

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Pakistan-UK education sectors to help boost economy




STAFF REPORT FSD: British Council Director Kevin McLaven has said that the UK and Pakistani education sectors will help pave the way for development with knowledge-based economy.

"The British Council fostered dialogue and international partnerships between higher education institutions and organisations and help students who want to study abroad," said Kevin while talking to University of Agriculture Faisalabad Vice Chancellor Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan at his chamber.

He said

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3rd phase of ASLP set to boost farming, dairy sectors




STAFF REPORT FSD: The Australian-Pakistan Agricultural Sector Linkages Programme (ASLP) 3rd third phase will be kicked off to strengthen agricultural and dairy sector and ensure food security in the county.
ASLP delegation comprising Dr Sandra Mustafa from University of Canberra, Australia and Operation Manager Munawar Kazmi, while talking to University of Agriculture Faisalabad Vice Chancellor Dr Iqrar Ahmad here.
Dr Sandra said that under the ASLP phase 2, work on different fruit

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Punjab allocates Rs 13.16b for agriculture, livestock sectors


STAFF REPORT ISB: The Punjab government has allocated a sum of Rs 13,160 million collectively for the agriculture and livestock and dairy development sectors for the year 2014-15 against the allocation of Rs 7,974 million in 2013-14. As per budget documents, the allocation for agriculture is Rs 7,960 million while for the livestock and dairy development it has been proposed to allocate a sum of Rs 5,200 million for the year 2014-15.
Agriculture and livestock have immense economic potential

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Construction, engineering sectors always trigger progress


STAFF REPORT LHR:Construction and engineering services industries play an important role in the economic uplift and development of a country.

"Construction activities are a mechanism of generating the employment and offering job opportunities to millions of unskilled, semi-skilled and skilled workforce," said LCCI President Sohail Lashari during a visit to the recently held Build Pakistan’ exhibition at the Expo Centre in Lahore.

It also plays a key role in generating

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Netherl and s taking interest in Pak edu, water sectors


STAFF REPORT IBD: Neitherlands has shown keen interest for investment in the main fields especially education, water management, good governance and education.

The ambassador said the Netherlands enjoys good relations with Pakistan, which dates initially back to the traders of the 17th Century in Thatta and now the focus of Pakistan should be on trade instead of aid.

Netherlands Ambassador Marcel de Vink expressed this interest during a meeting recently held with

On the import

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Cold, dry weather badly hit farm, livestock sectors




STAFF REPORT LHR: The continuous cold and dry weather across the country has badly affected the agriculture and livestock sectors and may result in significant decline in the production of crops, said experts.

"The prolonged cold weather would hit the expected production target of 64 million tons of sugarcane and 4 million tons of potatoes," said Chairman Pakistan Agri-Forum, Ibrahim Moghul, while talking to the media.

He said that the cold weather had badly affected

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Samsung keen to invest in wind, bio-energy sectors




STAFF REPORT IBD: Samsung CandT Corporation’s Trading and Investment Group desires to participate in Pakistan in the field of energy and environment that are likely to serve as drivers for the country’s future growth of Pakistan. The key areas of interest are wind power, bio-energy and other renewable energy sources.

Most recently, Samsung CandT General Manager Joonwoo Choi called on Chairman Board of Investment, Mohammad Zubair and Secretary BoI, Imran Afzal Cheema, to discuss

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NBP starts targeting energy, farm sectors

STAFF REPORT IBD: The National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) has started giving priority to financing energy and agricultural sectors over the coming years."We have successfully implemented first core banking application in its main branch to provide superb’ customer services, besides ensuring efficiency across the banking functions," said President and CEO of NBP, Dr Asif A Brohi, while talking to media.He said that NBP is the first bank in the country which has launched core banking

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