Pakistan Productivity, Quality, and Innovation (PQI) Initiative Launch and Stakeholders Conference held at Islamabad on 20th April, 2018.
Ministry of Planning, Development & Reform(MoPDR), along with partners from Ministries of Industries & Production(MoIP), Science & Technology, & Higher Education Commission organized Pakistan Productivity, Quality, & Innovation (PQI) Initiative lunch and Stakeholders Conference held at Islamabad on 20th April, 2018.
Honorable Federal Minister for Interior Prof. Ahsan Iqbal was the chief guest of the launching cermony. During his address, Prof. Ahsan Iqbal said that we have to develop a new mindset towards implementation a framework which utilizes our resources to produce better results. Minister Ahsan Iqbal noted that it is time when we have to monitor how can we do things better than others, how can we produce more value than others, as if we will not be competitive, we will be wiped out.
CEO NPO Mr. Abdul Ghaffar Khattak while addressing the audience assured for full ownership towards this project. He added that NPO Pakistan is given a mandate to oversee PQI planning and implementation across agencies. He added that it will also integrate all plans to ensure a single coherent policy that works together to achieve the PQI goals and will facilitate collaboration and eliminate overlaps.
The Government of Pakistan has taken the initiative to improve Productivity, Quality and Innovation (PQI) culture in the country by fostering an enabling environment. The PQI project will be led by the Ministry of Planning, Development and Reforms (MoPD&R) and the National Productivity Organization (NPO) will be one of its project executing partner. Other executing partners of the project include Engineering Development Board (EDB), Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR), Pakistan National Accreditation Council (PNAC) and Higher Education Commission (HEC).
Through the course of the next couple of years, Ministry of Planning, Development, and Reform will work with other key stakeholders; Ministry of Science and Technology(MoST), Ministry of Industries and Production(MoIP), Higher Education Commission (HEC), and selected private sectors to work with 5 Pilot Sectors – Surgical Instruments, Food Processing, Trucking, Value Added Textiles, and Gems and Jewelry; to implement a programme of PQI Improvements. The project will ultimately be scaled to 20-25 priority sectors in the future. The closing remarks were given by Mr. Sartaq Aziz, Deputy Chairman, and Planning Commission.
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