GOVERNOR NWFP LAYS FOUNDATION STONE OF PRESTON
The Governor of NWFP, Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Syed
Iftikhar Hussain Shah has said that public sector alone could not meet
the demand for higher education. Private sector participation, he said
has, therefore, become essential and is being encouraged by the
government. The Governor said this while addressing a large gathering
of educationists, intellectuals, high ranking members of the civil
bureaucracy and students present on the occasion of the Foundation
Stone Laying Ceremony of Preston University, Kohat-NWFP.
In his inaugural address on the occasion, the
Governor said laying the foundation of an institution of the stature
and repute of Preston University, on the soil of the city of Kohat,
will usher in a new era of progress and prosperity for the residents
of Kohat in particular and the Province in general. He said it was
indeed an honor and pleasure for him that the foundation stone of
Preston University, Kohat was being laid by him. He heartily
congratulated the Chancellor of Preston University, Dr. Abdul Basit
for fulfilling an important commitment that he had made to the
Government of NWFP and the people of Kohat at the time of grant of
charter, to build the university's own campus in the City. The sense
of urgency and commitment demonstrated by those at the helm in this
institution, particularly in terms of acquisition of more than 6 acres
of land for the permanent campus of the University, was indeed a
landmark achievement and worth of commendation laudable.
HUMAYUN ADVOCATES MORE TRADE THAN AID WITH USA
Pakistan needs more trade and investment than aid
with USA. This was stated by Federal Minister for Commerce, Mr.
Humayun Akhtar Khan, in a meeting with a six-member delegation of
Pakistan American Business Association (PABA) led by ex-Governor of
Virginia, Mr. James Gillmore III.
The delegation apprised the Minister that the
purpose of their visit was to make investment proposals in oil,
shipping and pharmaceutical sectors in Pakistan. Mr. Gillmore said
that Pakistan offered tremendous opportunities for investment in
various sectors and US Business Community wanted to avail these
opportunities for the benefit of both the countries.
Talking about Pakistan-US relations Mr. Gillmore
declared that there was the universal sense in US that Pakistan was a
close friend. The delegation told the Minister that on their return to
US they would approach those businessmen who never came to Pakistan
and convince them to invest in Pakistan. Further more they would
project the image of Pakistan as a business-friendly country.
SAFE FOOD 2004 ANNOUNCED
United Registrar of Systems (URS), a UK-based food
quality and safety certification organization, in partnership with the
leading biscuit company, English Biscuit Manufactures (EBM) is
organizing the third national conference on food safety under the
banner of "Safe Food 2004" in Lahore. This was announced at
a press conference organized by URS & EBM in Karachi.
Prof. Dr. Rashida Ali from HEJ Research Institute,
University of Karachi highlighted the acute dearth of awareness in our
society with regard to safe food and the importance of adequate
nutritional content in diet to ensure effective and healthy growth.
Ali Khan, Country Head URS highlighted the task
taken up by URS in creating awareness on safe food through organizing
the third Safe Food Conference 2004 in Lahore. He also quoted of a
Safe Food Canteen Project that had been launched early this year as a
part of the Safe Food campaign. He appreciated the role of EBM in
coming forward as a responsible manufacturer and on supporting this
Saadia Naveed, Director Operations EBM described
EBM's role in supporting the Safe Food campaign in one and many ways.
"In its commitment to community welfare, EBM carefully researches
issues that require attention and then launches programs to address
them. The upcoming Safe Food 2004 Conference will mark a new beginning
of creating awareness among the Pakistani consumers on food
safety." While commenting on EBM's own compliance to food safety
standards, she said, "Through its own initiative, EBM has become
the first biscuit manufacturing company of Pakistan to achieve ISO
9001-2000 and the HACCP food safety certification."