peshawar   -  Federal Minister for Science and Information Technology Senator Shibli Faraz on Monday said that Pakistan National Quality Policy (PNQP-2021), recently agreed by federal cabinet, would be implemented soon for enhancement of exports, national economy and provision of quality products as well as improve functioning of Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority (PSQCA) and other quality assurance certification institutions in the country. 

Addressing the members of business community during a meeting hosted by the Sarhad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) here at the Chamber House, Shibli Faraz said that state-of-the-art and specialised quality testing laboratories would be established to eliminate manufacturing of sub-standard products. 

While keeping in view the reservations of business community, he said that PSQCA headquarters would be shifted from Karachi to Islamabad. He said that federal government is keen to set international standards for quality production of vehicles in the country with priority to their safety. 

Acknowledging the importance of training for improving quality of manufacturing products, Shibli Faraz said the government has also planned to outsource all quality testing laboratories across the country. While highlighting the importance of rich mine and mineral reserves, he said that proper research and mapping of natural resources would be conducted to exploit these natural resources in an efficient manner for attracting investment and earning huge foreign exchange. 

He said a troika of the government, industries and academia would be made to improve the standard of manufacturing products as well as providing young graduates for training/internship in industries for their prosperous future. He said the government is keenly focused on development of technology and software. In this regard, he said the policy and mechanism would be designed by taking relevant stakeholders on board. 

While talking about the political issues, he said that elections have always been remained controversial causing political instability in the country. “Now it is the right time to adopt such a way that would be acceptable to both the losers and winners in the elections,” he said. 

He claimed that the next general elections in 2023 would be held through technology. “The Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) is a first step towards holding free, fair and transparent election which is inevitable for strengthening democracy in the country,” he stressed.  

Shibli Faraz invited the political parties to examine EVM through their experts. Any reservations and objects would be addressed accordingly. He said now all the issues would be resolved through using modern technologies. 

Speaking on the occasion, SCCI president Sherbaz Bilour stressed the need for launching an advanced digital skilled programme which may help generate a skilled workforce and then they can play their role in the development of the national economy. He said in Pakistan youth population is nearly 63 percent, which has the potential to excel in various fields, but there is dire need to support and uplift them at every level.  

The SCCI chief emphasised the role of public and private sector for promotion of E-commerce and businesses. He said the PSQCA and Pakistan National Accreditation Council (PNAC) should reach out to the business community for granting certifications to gain access to potential markets of developed countries and as well as PSQCA should also improve inspections, so that also would help enhance exports.