PESHAWAR: Federal Minister for Science and Technology Zahid Hamid said Monday that government had planned to set up Pakistan Halal Authority (PHA) with an objective to promote Halal business keeping in view of its increasing demand in the country and overseas.
Addressing a function of Chamber of Commerce and Business in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as chief guest and later on speaking to reporters, the Minister stated that The Pakistan Halal Authority was being established as a result of expanding demands from the customers for halal goods in addition to boosting its share within the country’s exports.
The Minister said that the halal industry was rapidly growing in the world as its trade volume had touched approximately more than $ 2trillian in food and non-food items, adding the Authority would give our halal products a crucial marketing and advertising edge.
He said the Ministry of Science and Technology was adopting drastic measures to establish strong linkages among research institutes and academic institutions by involving private sectors in with a view to re-orient research and development towards market requirements and enhance its contribution to national socio-economic development besides raising the life standard of masses.
He said the Government is committed to promote Science and Technology (S&T) activities in country for socio-economic development as it is one of the main parts of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) manifesto.
The Minister said that 15 organizations were working under the Ministry of Science and Technology with different jobs descriptions and role focusing for welfare of masses besides assisting different stakeholders in creating value-added jobs, research services and foster entrepreneurial spirit.
He said we were reaching out to industries and urged the businessmen and traders to come forward with solid workable suggestions what kind of research they needed for promotion of their products and boosting up of businesses.
The Minister said the organizations working under his ministry have been directed to prepare such products with consultation of stakeholders that have markets value for sustainable and robust economy.
The Minister said strict action would be taken against elements and companies found guilty for selling sub standard products in markets as it was the matter of human life and FIRs would be registered against them.
Zahid Hamid said that his ministry had also initiated work on development projects for undertaking research and promoting biotechnology and others important technologies for welfare of the masses.
He said the Govt. was working on short, medium and long term strategy to prepare a solid plan by evolving consensus for sustainable development of science and technology. For this purpose, he said, working group of eminent experts has been constituted to make these plans comprehensive and growth oriented.
He said a modern technology park of international standard would also be set up in first phase in Islamabad and later would be replicated to all major cities of the country.
Federal secretary Science and Technology Kamran Ali Qureshi were also present on the occasion.