has revolutionised and redefined all aspects of human interaction be
it social, business or other. It has turned world in a global village
where limits of time and location no more apply. Internet, the primary
tool of IT, offers opportunities never dreamt possible just a
decade-and-half ago. PAGE looks at what remains to be done in
Pakistan to develop real IT culture. An exclusive interview of Federal
Minister for Science and Technology, Dr. Atta-ur-Rehman, also make
part of the Cover Story.
Research Council has set up a pilot project for processing of black
tea in collaboration with Chinese technical assistance.
Tea Processing Plant has capacity to process 1000-kg per day.
Chinese tea experts have identified an area of 150,000 acres of land
suitable for cultivation of tea in the province of NWFP. Currently,
Pakistan is cultivating tea on 87 acres of land.
MICRO - FINANCE
Ordinance for setting up Micro-finance Institutions has been
promulgated by the government. Primarily, these institutions are
supposed to provide financial support to the poor for any economic
activity. So far the bank loan facility was not within the reach of
the poor. These institutions must have the will to provide financial
support to the people purely on merit. It is expected that these
institutions would effectively help to address the issue of
unemployment in Pakistan.