ECP urges citizens to get registered as voters before announcement of polls schedule

Islamabad: Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has advised citizens to get themselves enrolled or rectify errors in the provisional electoral rolls before the announcement of election schedule. In a statement, the Election Commission asked the public to register, transfer, delete or correct their vote in the electoral rolls prior to the issuance of schedule for by-elections for vacant seats of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the National Assembly.

It said the electoral rolls will be frozen immediately after the announcement of the election schedule. The Election Commission asked the citizens to ensure that their votes are registered at the permanent or existing address mentioned in the computerized national identity card. Citizens can confirm their voting details by sending their CNIC number via SMS on 8300, the ECP said.

Envoy calls for boosting tech sector linkages between Pakistan, US

Islamabad: Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States Masood Khan has said Punjab-California Sister Province Agreement provides a model to establish domain-specific state-to-province, city-to-city economic linkages between Pakistan and the United States. He stated this while talking to Irvine Mayor Farrah N. Khan in Washington DC, says a press release received here on Thursday from US.

The Ambassador said the tech-startups of Pakistan, manned by enterprising youth, and a vibrant tech sector of Irvine, California, could forge strong partnerships for not only meeting the economic needs of the two sides but also to strengthen people-to-people exchanges. He said Farrah N. Khan’s leadership qualities and successes make Pakistan and Pakistani diaspora in the United States proud. He said Pak-origin Americans, who have excelled in their respective areas, were not only an asset for Pakistan but an abiding link between Pakistan and the United States.

Farrah Khan thanked the Ambassador for warmly receiving her and highlighted tech, Media-tech and artificial intelligence as the major sectors where Irvine was witnessing significant progress. Farrah Khan also highlighted the valuable contributions being made by Pakistani diaspora towards socio-economic development of Irvine and the state of California. The Ambassador invited Mayor Farrah Khan to visit Pakistan along with a business delegation for promoting cooperation between chamber and industry and to strengthen people-to-people linkages.

FM lauds Netherlands’ assistance to Pakistan for catastrophic floods

Islamabad: Pakistan and Netherlands have expressed resolve to work together to further enhance cooperation in trade, investment, education, Information Technology and agriculture sectors. The resolve was expressed during a meeting between Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Dutch Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Wopke Hoekstra on the sidelines of World Economic Forum in Davos on Thursday.

The Foreign Minister also appreciated the Netherlands’ assistance to Pakistan for catastrophic floods. The two sides exchanged views on bilateral political and economic relations.

SBP seeks details for clearance of imported stuck-up containers

Karachi, January 19, 2023 (PPI-OT):As a result of a meeting held at the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) with Governor State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) Mr. Jameel Ahmed on January 18, 2023, the State Bank has sought details of stuck-up imported consignments at the Ports.

Hence, the Karachi Chamber has requested members of the Business and Industrial Community to provide all the required details to KCCI through online e-form by visiting the Web Link: The link to this form is also available on Home Page of KCCI’s
Official Website.

According to a statement issued, all the data collected will subsequently be forwarded to the State Bank so that the stuck-up containers could be released at the earliest possible time.

For more information, contact:
Director Press/Electronic Media and Public Relations
Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI)
Aiwan-e-Tijarat Road, Off Shahrah-e-Liaquat,
Phone: +92-21-99218001-09
Fax: +92-21-99218040

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Maritime sector is financial, techno intensive, needs capital for building, operating economically profitable: Murad Ali Shah 

Karachi, January 19, 2023 (PPI-OT):Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that the maritime sector is both financially and techno intensive and needed significant capital for building, operating, and making it economically profitable. He said this while speaking at the 3rd Steering Committee Meeting of the Pakistan International Maritime Exhibition and Conference (PIMEC) 2023 here at the CM House.

The conference was attended by provincial Ministers, Syed Sardar Shah, Jam Ikram, Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho, Sharjeel Memon, Chief Secretary Sohail Rajput, Deputy Chief of Naval Staff (operation Rear Admiral Muhammad Faisal Abbasi, COMCOAST Rear Admiral Raja Rab Nawaz, COMKAR Rear Admiral Mian Zakir Ullah Jan, provincial secretaries, IG Police Ghulam Nabi Memon, senior officers of Pak Navy and provincial bureaucracy.

The term Blue Economy relates to traditional ocean-related economic activities such as fisheries, tourism, and maritime transport as well as new emerging opportunities like off-shore renewable energy, aquaculture, and sea-bed extraction activities. It further aims at developing sea-bed natural resources for sustainable use as well as socio-economic uplift.

Mr. Shah said that the maritime sector was both financially and techno intensive and needed significant capital for building, operating, and making it economically profitable. “Once that investment has been made and setup is in place, it also requires highly skilled manpower, which regretfully we just do not have in sufficient numbers at this point in time,” he said and added it would not be out of context to say that Pakistan was suffering from “sea blindness” and that’s why the motto of PIMEC has been very aptly kept as ‘Sea the Future’.

Murad Ali Shah said that PIMEC should provide a foundation to bring together stakeholders from diverse maritime industries such as Aquaculture was just like farming in water and it was an environmentally responsible source of food and commercial products. He added that a large chunk of the coastal population was associated with fisheries; however, this sector has a lot of export potential yet to be exploited.

Mr. Shah said that Pakistani fishing boats lacked modern equipment and techniques for fishing and storage. “PIMEC can be a platform for boat construction and associated industries to modernize fishing boats,” he said and added that Pakistan was blessed with a large shipbreaking yard called GADANI and if utilized to its full potential, it has the capacity to generate millions of dollars each year.

The CM said that coastal tourism was almost a neglected field and was required to be tapped because tourists were attracted by the climate, biodiversity as well as long sandy beaches of South Asia. Shipping is the cheapest mode of transport, which carries 80 percent of global merchandised trade in volume, the CM said and added that considering the landlocked geography of many regional countries, Gwadar has the potential to be developed into a full-fledged regional hub and a trans-shipment port in the future.

Mr. Shah said that although Gwadar port’s development was in progress but same was required to be coupled with the maritime industries to accrue maximum benefits and these gaps could be bridged through an effective platform like PIMEC.

Murad Shah said that we should not forget that there is economics at play behind the optimism that supports the development of the maritime economy in Pakistan. “Being a developing country with untapped marine economic resources, Pakistan has a huge economical edge,” he said and added that this was because there would not be any diminishing marginal returns here till the capital accumulation reached its optimum point, therefore an initiative of the Pakistan Navy like PIMEC was highly praiseworthy.

Thus, by coming together as researchers, politicians, stakeholders, and business owners, Pakistan’s maritime economy can be made to stand firmly on its feet in a matter of years, the chief minister said and hoped academic sessions of the International Maritime Conference (IMC) would encompass discussions on these issues and much more; particularly, in what way could the Blue Economy help reinforce the revival of our national economy?

The CM said that keeping in view the prime importance of the maritime sector, he would personally oversee all administrative arrangements for the successful conduct of PIMEC. The CM directed the Karachi police and concerned deputy commissioners and civic agencies to ensure necessary arrangements for the exhibition and conference scheduled to be held from February 10-12, 2023.

For more information, contact:
Press Secretary,
Chief Minister House, Sindh
Tel: +92-21-99202019 (Ext: 336)

CM, Belgian delegation agree to expand cooperation in IT, food processing 

Karachi, January 19, 2023 (PPI-OT):Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah and an eight-member Belgian parliamentary delegation led by Ms. Allessia Claes, N-VA, Senator met here at CM House and agreed to further expand and deepen cooperation in information technology, agriculture, food processing, renewable energy, and construction.

The delegation members include Mr. Karl Vanlouwe, Mr. Philippe Courard, Mr. Georges Dallemagne, Les Engages, Ms. Ozlem Ozen, and Mr. Ruben Vanhaverbeke. Provincial Minister Sharjeel Memon, Mukesh Chawla, Qasim Naveed, and Chief Secretary Sohail Rajput also attended the meeting.

Mr. Shah said that Belgium was a traditional friend of Pakistan and a major trading and investment partner. “Our cooperation is based on shared values of democracy, pluralism, mutual respect, and trust as well as common interests,” he said and added Pakistan’s Prime Minister had a constructive meeting with the Belgian Prime Minister on the sidelines of the UNGA in New York in September 2022.

The CM said that parliamentary interactions were important for enhancing bilateral ties. “They not only promote people-to-people contacts but can also play a crucial role in advancing bilateral ties in areas like trade and commerce, as well as investments,” he said. He added that trade and economic ties comprised an important component of our bilateral relations.

Murad Shah said that Belgium was the 10’h largest trading partner of Pakistan. He added that the bilateral trade has crossed US$ 1.2 billion in 2021 but we need to further expand and deepen our cooperation in information technology, agriculture, food processing, renewable energy, and construction.

Mr Shah invited Belgian investment in Special Economic Zones. “Pakistan can provide professionals like engineers, technicians, computer scientists, and other skilled manpower in areas where there is a shortage in Belgium,” he said and added there was huge scope for cooperation in the higher education and research sector.

The CM said that Pakistani students were opting for Belgian universities for higher studies, and we need to put more focus on this important aspect. The Chief Minister said that Pakistan was struck by the most devastating floods which affected more than 33 million people. “We are glad that the international community rose to the occasion and helped Pakistan in the initial phase of providing relief to the flood victims.

The international community also expressed solidarity with Pakistan at the International Conference on Climate Resilient Pakistan held in Geneva l and came up with generous pledges for rehabilitation and reconstruction work in a climate-resilient manner, Murad Shah said and appreciated the assistance provided by the Belgian Government for flood relief efforts in Pakistan. It may be noted that Belgium has provided three hundred tents, a team of experts, and a water purification plant.

For more information, contact:
Press Secretary,
Chief Minister House, Sindh
Tel: +92-21-99202019 (Ext: 336)

Driving test conducted for vacant posts in Safe City (Safer) project 

Islamabad, January 19, 2023 (PPI-OT):According to details, a driving test was conducted for the candidates who passed the written examination but didn’t appear in earlier test for some personnel issues for the vacant posts of drivers in the Safe City (Safer) project, a police public relations officer said. He said that, the driving test was supervised by CPO Safe City Syed Fareed Shah. CPO Safe City briefed the candidates about the test. In the first phase the driving test was conducted in the presence of traffic police staff. In the second phase, traffic signals and road signs test were taken.

Following the directions of Inspector General of Police (IGP) Islamabad Dr Akbar Nasir Khan, to ensure transparency and merit, the whole process of the written test was recorded by safe city cameras, smart cars, drones and video cameras. CPO Safe City has said that all the recruitment process will be done in full transparency and on merit. The candidates are being informed through social media and other different platforms, so that all candidates who have passed the written test can take part in other phases easily.

For more information, contact:
Islamabad Police
Data centre H-11, Admin Block,
Police Head Quarter, Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: +92-51-9258371 Ext (160)
Fax: +92-51-4443180