Date: 23rd May 2017
An industry interaction session was held between STEDEC and Gujranwala Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) officials on 23rd May, 2017 at GCCI office. Notable participants of the meeting were Mr. Saeed Ahmed Taj, President GCCI; Mr Abdul Rauf, Senior Vice President GCCI; Mr Asfandyar, Deputy Secretary, GCCI; and Syed Raza Abbas Shah, Managing Director STEDEC.
Managing Director STEDEC briefed the participants on STEDEC’s mandate and efforts to bridge the gap between industry and Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) R&D organizations. He informed that MoST through STEDEC and PCSIR would like to engage with key industry clusters around the Gujranwala region to enable them to incorporate indigenous R&D into their value chain and become internationally competitive.
Mr. Saeed Ahmed Taj, President GCCI applauded STEDEC and MoST’s initiative to help and support Pakistan local industries. He informed that Gujranwala was an important industrial region of the country with 32 different industrial clusters concentrated within it. He identified Metallurgy and Ceramics as the key industrial clusters for which the Chamber would like to initially solicit support from MoST R&D organizations. He suggested that a laboratory facility for metallurgy may be set up at Gujranwala, which would greatly facilitate the industry in creating better alloys for various products and industries. Other matters discussed were wastage of material in traditional rolling process (kothiali), finishing quality of the product and emission of nitric acid and other pollutant gases from the industry. Meeting ended with a vote of thanks.