NPO organized National Conference on Promoting Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) in Enhancing Food Value Chains (FVCs)
National Productivity Organization (NPO), Ministry of Industries & Production in collaboration with Asian Productivity Organization (APO) and Establishment of Model Farms Project (EMFP) organized a 2 Day National Conference on Promoting Public–Private-Partnerships in Enhancing Food Value Chains in Pakistan from 23-24 June 2018 at Expo Center, Lahore. The conference deliberated on recent developments in Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) in agribusiness and the food industry and how to promote PPPs for enhancing food value chains (FVCs). More than 300 participants from various sectors attended this two days conference.
Mr. Ishtiaq A Rajwana, Pro Vice Chancellor Muhammad Nawaz Sharif University of Agriculture Multan graced the opening ceremony as Chief Guest. Dr. Jamshed Khan, General Manager NPO / APO Liaison Officer conveyed the opening remarks and highlighted the importance of public private partnerships to unleash the potential of agricultural value chains by linking them to local, regional and global markets for sustainable development and poverty reduction.
Ambassadors of Nigeria and Karghistan also graced the opening ceremony. International Resource Speakers included Dr. Rodney Wee - CEO Asia Cold Chain Center, Mr. Chan Seng Kit - Managing Director K Farm Malaysia, Ms. Darunee Edwards - Advisor International Union of Food Science & Technology Thailand and Mr. Joselito C. Bernardo Management Consultant Philippines along with National Resource Speakers - Ms. Ayesha Gulzar Country Director J.E. Austin Associates.
The speakers emphasized the significance of public private partnerships in building efficient, safe and reliable food value chains by sharing experiences from Thailand, Singapore and Philippines. Presentations focused on technology innovations, cold chain technologies, digital agribusiness, e-commerce, future trends in food processing industry for enhancing competitiveness of food value chains. Case studies to integrate small farmers into agri-food supply chains for enhancing their profitability is also shared to replicate the same in Pakistan. A summing up presentation was given at closing regarding development of value-added agriculture in Pakistan for export promotion purposes.
The Honorable Minister for Agriculture Punjab Sardar Tanvir Ilyas and Secretary Agriculture Punjab Dr. Wasif Khursheed graced the closing ceremony as Chief Guest and Special Guest attended by other dignitaries. They recognized the efforts of NPO, APO and Punjab Agriculture Department for organizing such a mega event.
Secretary Agriculture Punjab, Dr Wasif Khursheed disclosed that agriculture is a major contributor to the national economy, accounting for over 21 percent of its GDP. About 80% of the country’s foreign exchange originates from agriculture and Punjab contributes over 60% to this amount. He said that Pakistan is currently an important producer and exporter of citrus by generating 95% of the world Kinnow production. Pakistan is ranked at 4th in the world for mango production. He added that Pakistan having all the resources is the preferred country where lots of investment opportunities are emerging to support the sustainability of quality food production and Government is fully committed to facilitate foreign investors with provision of technical services.