Pakistan's seafood placed
on EU list-l
European Commission (EC) has upgraded seafood exports from Pakistan by
placing it in list-1 and has allowed 9 seafood exporters to ship commodities to member
countries after obtaining an NOC from the Marine Fisheries Department
However, the EU has listed a numbers of conditions for these exports.
According to the EC, the MFD shall be the competent authority in
Pakistan for certifying compliance of fishery and aquiculture products as per requirements
Official sources told, the EU secretariat has issued a notification No
2000/83/ EC on Feb 2 in this regard.
According to the Notification, Fisheries Department (MFD), ministry of
food, agriculture and livestock (MINFAL) has been declared the competent authority in
Pakistan for certifying compliance of fishery and aquiculture products with the
requirements of directive 91/493/ ECC. The notification also lays down conditions
governing imports of fishery and aquiculture products from Pakistan.
The notification said, before this decision could be taken, an expert
team visited Pakistan to verify conditions under which fishery products are produced,
stored and dispatched to the community.
The notification said, the provisions of legislation of Pakistan on
health inspection and monitoring of fishery products may be considered equivalent to those
laid down in EC directive No 91/493/EEC.
Regarding the procedure for obtaining the health certificate referred
in EU Article 11 (4)(a), the Directorate must cover the definition of a model certificate,
the minimum requirements regarding the languages in which it must be drafted and the
grades of the persons empowered to sign.
Iran renews offer of power supply
Iran is believed to have renewed its interest in the export of its
surplus electricity to Pakistan at competitive rates for use in Makran division of
Diplomatic sources disclosed to a group of newsmen that electric
transmission from Iran to Balochistan might cost litlle over Rs 307 million as compared to
Rs 7 billion to connect These areas with the national grid.
Wheat import target cut to 1.6m tonnes
Minister for Food and Agriculture Dr Shafqat Jamote said there was no
wheat shortage in the country and that the government would import a total of 1.6 million
tonnes of wheat during 1999-2000, and not 2 million as projected earlier by
Addressing a press conference here on Thursday, Jamote said that the
imported 1.6 million tonnes of wheat would cost 217 million to the exchequer, he assured
that the imported quantity was enough to last round the corner before the domestic
procurement of wheat starts in April-May.
He was hopeful that half of the imported wheat for the buffer stock
would be carried on for the next year.
Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) has received five international tenders
from Electricity Authority Bangkok (Thailand) for supply of different electrical
equipment. According to EPB announcement on Wednesday the opening dates of tenders are
from February 23 to March 14, 2000.
SSGC in global bid
Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) is submitting a bid for consultancy
services for a gas transmission looplines project in Bangladesh.
A two-member delegation of SSGC left on Wednesday for Bangladesh on a
four-day visit in this connection, a spokesman for the company said in a statement here on
The team would participate in the bidding process for the consultancy
services for Habibganj-Ashuganj 47 km long pipeline.
It was stated that a British consultancy company had approached SSGC to
participate in the international bid for consultancy/supervision of this project.
Minister hints at rise in medicine prices
Federal Health Minister Dr.Abdul Malik Kasi has hinted at a
seven-to-ten per cent increase in drug prices.
He said the matter had been referred to the Economic Coordination
Committee (ECC) for consideration. He said that after the ECC's decision, the issue of
increase in drug prices would be moved to the cabinet for final decision.
About formulation of new price adjustment mechanism on case-to-case
basis, he said the proposal was discussed but later dropped on account of multiple
"There was no increase in drugs prices since 1996 despite the
government's agreement to allow price increase on a yearly basis," he said.
The Pakistan Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association (PPMA) and the
Pharma Bureau, an umbrella organisation of 24 multinational companies, were demanding 40
per cent price increase for drugs but the demand was turned down by the ministry.
Kinno exhibition in Malaysia
Pakistani Kinnos thrilled the Malaysian consumers, importers and
wholesalers in two promotions held recently in Malaysia's capital city Kuala Lumper and
the country's major Penang.
The two Kinno exhibitions cum fruit-tasting sessions, the first ever
held in Kuala Lumpur were a success, as officials, diplomats corporate leaders, importers,
purchases from major department stores and supermarket chains, and members of the media
turned up to witness.
Importers from Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong have shown
considerable interest in importing fruits and vegetables from Pakistan.
MoC sees $1bn exports growth this fiscal
The Ministry of Commerce (MoC) has projected over one billion dollars
growth in the export of textiles, rice, cotton, leather, vegetable and fruits during the
current fiscal due to their surplus production.
The Additional Secretary, Ministry of Commerce, Mohammad Sulaiman, said
the country has produced surplus crops while there has also been gradual improvement in
the unit value of the products in the international markets. As a result, the overall
exports performance would be much better than the previous fiscal, he added.