27th April 2017
Agriculture Machinery Manufacturing sector is a focus area for Ministry of Science and Technology for incorporating indigenous R&D for improving quality and productivity. In line with these directions STEDEC Technology Commercialization Corporation of Pakistan coordinated a visit of delegation of Agriculture Machinery manufacturers and member companies of Vehari Chamber of Commerce and Industry to PCSIR Laboratories Complex Lahore on 27th April, 2017.
The purpose of the visit was to familiarize the delegates with facilities at PSCIR Lahore relating to manufacturing of agriculture machinery as was requested by notable members of the Chamber earlier in the year when MD STEDEC visited the Vehari Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
The delegation was welcomed by DG PCSIR, Dr. Quratulain Syed; Engr. Muhammad Irfan, PCSIR Lahore; Engr. Rasheed Ahmed, PCSIR Lahore; Engr. Adnan Akram, PCSIR Lahore; Engr. Liaquat, PCSIR Lahore; Ms. Noreen Khan, Manager Commercialization, STEDEC and Managing Director STEDEC, Syed Raza Abbas Shah. Notable delegates from VCCI included Mr. Abdul Rauf Chaudhary, President Vehari Chamber; Mr. Khurshid Anwar Secretary General, Vehari Chamber; Mr. Sagheer Ramay; Mr. Shahid Hussain; Mr. Sharafat Ali; Mr. Mirza Kashif; Mr. Hafiz Khalil; Mr. Mirza Shahid; Mr. Mirza Bilal; Mr. Mirza Husnain; Mr. Muhammad Saleem; Mr. Adbul Sattar; Mr. Ali Raza; Mr. Sheikh Zulfiqar and Mr. Hassan Abid.
In her opening remarks DG PCSIR, Dr. Quratulain Syed warmly welcomed the guests and gave an overview of PCSIR Lahore covering departments which could support the agricultural machinery manufacturers. She further added that PCSIR is providing training in various industrial domains. President Vehari Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Mr. Abdul Rauf Chaudhary appreciated the opportunity provided to them and praised STEDEC’s efforts in materializing the visit and meeting. He urged everyone to put in a unified effort towards enhancing Pakistani economy. Syed Raza Abbas Shah, Managing Director STEDEC briefed the manufacturers that Ministry of Science and Technology’s main mandate is to help and support local industry and emphasized the importance of meeting the international standard in increasing the exports. He requested VCCI to submit indicated areas for cooperation between the Manufacturers and PCSIR after the delegated had visited and assessed the various facilities.
Later the delegate visited PCSIR’s following departments, Pakistan Institute of Technology for Mineral Advance Engineering Material (PITMAEN), Mineral Processing Research Centre (MPRC) and other related facilities. The event ended with working lunch.