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Sindh have good potential of investment in the field of energy, agriculture, dairy farming, mine & mineral resources C.M.Sindh Qaim Ali Shah

24 April Cm with UAE Consul General

The Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qiam Ali Shah has said that Dubai City has became hub of worldwide trade & business activities and desired for more access and space for Sindh Government and its business communities to further promote the bilateral business and human resources. This he said while talking to the new Consul General of UAE Mr. Sultan Altheeb Alketbi who called on him at CM House Karachi today.

The Chief Minister Sindh further said that he has recently attended a-3 day investment conference at Dubai, where more than 100 countries had participated and demonstrated their expertise. He said that we have got lot of opportunities of investment there and established contacts with interesting companies and added that many of them are likely to visit Sindh Province. He said that we have very old cordial brotherly relations with the UAE and its people we consider it as our second home.

He said that UAE posses good platform of worldwide investing companies, where as we have good potential of investment in the field of energy, agriculture, dairy farming, mine & mineral resources. He said that we want to strengthen and further to promote the bilateral relations with UAE in the field of Trade, economic and investment side and added that it to benefit both nations as whole.

The visiting new consul general Mr. Sultan Altheeb Alketbi while talking on the occasion said that he will try his best to become bridge between two nations and other investment organizations having headquarter at Dubai to promote trade, business and investment opportunities. He said that UAE and its people have lot of respect for the people of Pakistan and Sindh and they consider them as brothers. He said that they to help Sindh for its development and prosperity.

Source : Press Secretary to C.M.Sindh


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Qaim directs officials for early completion of priority development schemes

24 April Cm with officers

The Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qiam Ali Shah has directed the officers concerned for early completion of urgent & immediate nature development schemes which are being executed from block allocation of Rs. 8.6 billion under priority development schemes programme (PDSP) of ADP- 2013-2014. This he directed while presiding over the meeting to review over the ongoing development works, releases and status of utilization of funds held at CM house Karachi today.            The Advisor to CM Syed Murad Ali Shah, Chief Secretary Sindh Sajjad Saleem Hotiyana, ACS Development Wasim Ahmed, Secretary to CM Rai Sikandar, Secretary Finance Sohail Rajput, Director General monitoring and evolution P& D Syed Imitiaz Shah and other officer from lined departments attended the meeting. The Chief Minister Sindh said that in addition to the provincial & district ADP there are some development schemes always demanded by the people on urgent basis as such Sindh Government had earmarked Rs. 8.6 billion to implement on these schemes with priority. He said that since these schemes have been taken into hand with the theme of priority by keeping the urgent needs of the people, must be completed with same spirit and objectives. The Chief Minister Sindh said that though at present we are running in the last quarter of the budget, but we can accommodate more important and immediate nature of small size schemes to facilitate the people as per their demand. He directed the officers to re-visit this PDS programme and implement it on broad spectrum basis and assured them for providing required funds. The ACS development Wasim Ahmed while briefing the meeting, said that total 677 important and urgent nature development schemes were under implementation on priority basis for which total earmarked amount of Rs. 8.6 billion has been released. He said that he was optimistic that funds would be utilized within stipulated period. He said that he also to work out and identify further immediate nature development schemes as per requirement of the people and to include the same into ongoing development portfolio without any delay.

Source : Press Secretary to C.M.Sindh


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$1 billion investment arranged for wind power project

24 April Cm with NBT project Delegation

KARACHI: Sindh Government has succeeded in getting another foreign investment of more than one billion US dollar for its first sponsored Wind Power Project at Jhampeer Wind Corridor district, having capacity to generate 650 MW electricity and provide job opportunities to more than 1000 people of the area.

The Chief Minister considering it as a positive indicator for foreign investment in the power generation sector, said that the day was not far away when we will become self sufficient in power generation and get rid off load-shedding.

This he said while talking to a delegation of NBT Wind Power Company.

The delegation led by CEO of the company in Pakistan Lieutenant General (Rtd) Hamid Rab Nawaz called on him on Wednesday.

The representatives from banks and insurance companies of China who agreed to finance the project were also present on the occasion.

The CEO talking on the occasion said that the more than one billion US dollar fund has been arranged from the consortium of banks from China for upcoming wind power project being executed in the Jhampeer Wind Corridor. The project would be completed by the year 2016.

He said that all the preliminary studies, like wind data, environmental protection report and technical studies have been carried out in this regard.

He informed that his company is in the process of obtaining tariff and generation license from NEPRA.

The Chief Minister assured the delegation that his Government will extend full cooperation to the company in completion of the project.

The Advisor to CM for Finance and Alternate Energy Syed Murad Ali Shah, Secretary Energy Wasif Abbas and Secretary to CM Rai Sikandar were also present on the occasion.

Source : Business Recorder


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Sindh Govt again succeed : Another foreign investment of more than one billion US dollar for Wind Power Project at Jhampeer

24 April Cm with NBT project

The Sindh Government has been succeed in getting another foreign investment of more than one billion US dollar for its 1st sponsored Wind Power Project at Jhampeer wind corridor district Thatta/ Jamshoro, having capacity to generate 650 MW electricity and provide job opportunities to more than 1000 people of the area. The Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qiam Ali Shah considering it as a positive indicator for foreign investment in the power generation sector, said that the day was not so far away when we will not only become self sufficient in power generation but supplement to the other provinces of the country to get rid off from load-shedding both for domestic and industrial use. This has been observed in the meeting of Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah with the delegation of NBT wind Power Company led by its CEO in Pakistan Lieutenant General (Rtd) Hamid Rab Nawaz which was called on him at CM House Karachi today. The representatives from banks and insurance companies of China who agreed to finance the project were included in the delegation. Talking on the occasion the CEO of the NBT Wind Power Company in Pakistan said that the lenders to provide funds more than one billion US dollars for upcoming 650 MW wind power project being executed in the Jhampeer wind corridor district Thatta/ Jamshoro. He said that all the preliminary studies, like wind data, environmental protection report and Technical studies have been carried out. He said that his company is in the process of obtaining tariff and generation license from NEPRA. He said that this funding more than one billion US dollar would be provided by a consortium of banks from China and this project would be made operational by mid of 2016 and it to generate 650 MW electricity. He said that Sindh was lucky having Hydro, coal, wind, oil, gas resources to generate power and we are here to exploit our full expertise to utilize wind as source of power generation. The Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah while addressing the meeting said that Sindh Government was deeply interested and actively working for power generation to overcome power crises. He said that he along with delegation has attended different investment conferences at aboard including China to bring investment and expertise for utilization of untapped available natural resources here at Sindh for power generation. He said that a very good and encouraging response is being received from many foreign investment companies mostly interested in power generation. He said that though after the 18th amendments in the constitution, provinces have become empowered to negotiate and entered in to agreement with any foreign country for trade, business and investment but there are some formalities which are suppose to be being fulfilled by organization of central government like NEPRA. He said that Sindh Government was enjoying good working relationship with Federal Government. He said that Prime Minister of Pakistan has always encouraged and even recently while visiting this province has assured full support and help for facilitating the alternate energy power projects which are being launched by the Government of Sindh. He said that matters pertaining to NEPRA have been taken up with authorities concerned and hopefully same would be got resolved without any difficulty. The Chief Minister Sindh further assured the delegation that Sindh Government is providing tax holiday and other incentives to attract the foreign investment and added that its investment friendly policy has yield good result and added that at present at least we have 10 to 12 applications of foreign investment in process only in power generation field. The Advisor to CM for Finance and alternate energy Syed Murad Ali Shah, Secretary Energy Wasif Abbas and Secretary to CM Rai Sikandar also participated in deliberation.


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Senate disapproves PMDC Ordinance

Islamabad April 23, 2014: The Senate today rejected by majority vote the PMDC Amendment Ordinance that sought to vest the federal government with powers to control of the regulatory body. The Ordinance was laid in the Senate last week and as per Constitution any member can move a resolution calling for its disapproval citing reasons for the same.

The disapproval motion was jointly moved by PPP Senators Farhatullah Babar and Mian Raza Rabbani.

Speaking first the mover Senator Farhatullah Babar said that the PMDC was an autonomous regulatory body which under a federal legislation was responsible for establishing uniform minimum standard of medical education, regulate the conduct of Medical and Dental Practitioners across Pakistan and monitor and maintain standards of medical education.

He said that all regulatory bodies, the medical education; and related institutions fell under items listed in Part-II of the Federal Legislative List, the policy formulation for which was the responsibility of Council of Common Interest.

He said that under Article 154 of the Constitution policy formulation in matters listed in Part 11 of the Federal Legislative List is the responsibility of the Council of Common Interest and not of the federal government and PMDC being a regulatory body was the responsibility of CCI.

He said that in no case the federal government could take over the functions of the regulatory body.

He said that there was also an element of mystery behind the move. First, the federal government on 20.03.2014 notified names of the management committee but quickly withdrew it the same day only to re-notify the names of the management committee a week later.

This is a questionable exercise of authority that raised the question of who is behind it and asked if some elements who wish to set up sub standard medical institutions were behind it?

 


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Bilawal Bhutto Zardari marks zero tolerance for negligence during calamities

Pre-flood Meeting: Bilawal Bhutto Zardari marks zero tolerance for negligence during calamities

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Karachi, April 23, 2014: Pakistan Peoples Party Patron-in-Chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari chaired a meeting on flood preparedness and requested Chief Minister Sindh to direct the administration to have zero tolerance to any delinquency or negligence in dealing with any natural calamity arising out of the coming monsoon season in the province.

The briefing was arranged at Bilawal House today by Sindh government for the Patron-In-Chief to apprise him about the preparations by different concerned departments to face the situation following monsoon. The meeting was attended among others by Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Hashaam Riaz Sheikh, Chief of Staff Chairman PPP, Minister for works and services Mir Hazar Khan Bijrani, Minister for local Government Sharjeel Inam Memon, Minister for Agriculture Ali Nawaz Mehar, Finance advisor Murad Ali Shah, P. Secretary to CM Rai Sikander, Chief Secretary Sajjad Salim Hotiana, Secretary Health, Secretary Works & Services, Secretary Local Government, Secretary Agriculture, Secretary Planning & Development, Secretary Finance, Home Secretary, Commissioner Karachi, Commissioner Sukkur, Commissioner Hyderabad, Commissioner Larkana and Commissioner Mirpur Khas, Relief Commissioner, DG PDMA, Media Advisor Jameel Soomro and Chief Metrologist. On the occasion, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari stressed for a monsoon contingency plan and better coordination among the concerned departments besides establishment of flood monitoring cell. He said there should be clear demarcation of responsibility of each department and authority while role of Irrigation Department remains key in case of floods ,he requested cm sindh to take public representatives on board and form committees to prevent deliberate breaches as well as. Strict law will be introduced and measures will be taken against those who are found guilty of breaches, he added. PPP Patron-In-Chief said rescue and rehabilitation plans should also be ready though the Met office has predicted 40% less rains during coming monsoon.


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Child Protection Authority (CPA) to address children’s issues: Sindh Social Welfare Minister

Rubina Qaimkhani

Minister for Social Welfare, Women Development and Special Education Rubina Qaimkhani said on Tuesday that the long-awaited Child Protection Authority (CPA) had been established, which would address the issues of children in society.

 The authority headed by the minister comprises nine committee members, including four Sindh Assembly legislators — Pakistan Muslim League-Functional leader Mehtab Akber Rashdi, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf MPA Seema Zia, Muttahida Qaumi Movement MPA Naila Munir and Pakistan People’s Party MPA Shamim Mumtaz.

 Five representatives of NGOs are: Rana Asif of Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, Zia Ahmed Awan of Madadgar Helpline, Iqbal Detho from Save the Children, Safdar Raza of Plan Pakistan, and Irfan of Azad Foundation.

 Qaimkhani said the committee would prove helpful in curbing criminal activities against children and preparing legislation in order to provide safety and security to the children. She said that the committee would meet twice a week and it would be entitled to acquire assistance and information from the Social Welfare Department.

 The secretary social welfare could induct lawyers or consultants in the committee with the approval of its members.

 When contacted, Shamim Mumtaz said only a single session of the committee had been convened and it had submitted a bill in the assembly against early marriages of children. Other bills pertaining to the betterment of the children would soon be introduced in the assembly.

Source : The News

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