ISLAMABAD: 200 Pakistani alumni of American government exchange programs participated in the 2018 Pak-U.S. Alumni Network (PUAN) international conference opening ceremony held here on Friday 13th July.
The conference, which runs through July 15, is focusing on Pakistani-American partnerships in cultural industries, entrepreneurship, and international education while promoting shared values of tolerance and social inclusion.
Visiting from Washington, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Marie Royce participated in the event, together with American Embassy Chargé d’Affaires John Hoover.
They were joined by hundreds of alumni, including Nazir Sabir (the first Pakistani to summit Mount Everest), attorney Ramesh Jaipal, and performing artist Sheema Kirmani who spoke on the occasion apropos the transformative power of exchange programs and people-to-people ties in advancing shared American-Pakistani goals.
Assistant Secretary Royce highlighted the conference’s goal to support Pakistan’s domestic growth and international trade. “Many of you know that the United States is Pakistan’s largest market, with bilateral trade topping 663 billion rupees this year,” Royce noted. “Whether it is supporting tourism and cultural industries, or advancing entrepreneurship and technical education, American-Pakistani connections in all fields will only benefit both our countries.”
ISLAMABAD: Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Marie Royce speaks to Pakistani alumni at the PUAN conference in Islamabad.
ISLAMABAD: American Embassy Chargé d’Affaires John Hoover speaking on the occasion held: “There is no group quite like the Pakistan-U.S. Alumni Network. The 25,000 members of this community possess staggering power. You have the resources, knowledge, and ambition to shape Pakistan and the future of the region. He also participated in the opening of an art exhibition featuring work by emerging Pakistani artists and prominent alumni of U.S.-funded exchange programs. The exhibition was organized by PUAN, in cooperation with Nukta Studios and the Satrang Gallery at the Serena Hotel, Islamabad.
PS: The United States has a long tradition of educational, professional, and cultural exchanges with the people of Pakistan. The Pakistan-U.S. Alumni Network, or PUAN, is the largest of its kind in the world, with over 25,000 members of American government-sponsored exchange and English language programs. Alumni include Pakistani business and community leaders, entrepreneurs, changemakers, journalists, and many more.
15 countries attending Int’l plastic products expo in Tehran
TEHRAN: Iranian Deputy Petroleum Minister Reza Norouzzadeh and other officials from the country’s oil and petrochemical industry participated in the inauguration ceremony of the ‘Iran Plast’ exhibition.
The biggest-of-its-kind in the Middle East, the exhibition hosts as well as visitors from 22 countries. Iranian petrochemical companies are planned to engage with their peers in other countries during the event.
The 12th edition of Iran Plast exhibition is underway in Tehran International Permanent Fairground. The four-day event is expected to wrap up on Thursday, 27th September.
USCS leads Pak businessmen to Solar Power Trade Event in US!
KARACHI: The United States Commercial Service (USCS) is leading a 15-member delegation of Pakistani companies to Solar Power International (SPI) trade show, held in Anaheim, California from September 25 – 27, 2018.
The SPI trade show is the largest solar show in North America. SPI 2018 is expected to attract over 650 exhibitors and over 20,000 attendees from more than 100 countries. Focused on providing the latest updates and information for the solar energy industry, SPI features multi-track conference sessions and workshops on business and market trends, solar storage, utility, and grid integration.
“The Pakistani market is poised to take off in Solar Power, guided by a motivated government working to strengthen and expand economic and foreign investment opportunities and development,” said Mark Russell, Commercial Counselor at the U.S. Consulate in Karachi.”
Chinese industrialists to invest $400 m in Sindh
HYDERABAD: The industrialists belonging to China’s Chongqing Federation of Industry and Commerce will invest $400 million in several trade and industrial projects in Hyderabad and other parts of Sindh.
The federation’s representative Zhang Yang informed a press conference at the office of Hyderabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (HCCI) here Sunday that a memorandum of understanding (MoU) has already been signed in this regard. Yang informed that the MoU, which would last for 5 years, was signed between the Federation and HCCI in China in May this year.
He said under the MoU the investments would be made in steel, textile, and clothing, real estate, agriculture, tourism, education and training, municipal and solid waste disposal sectors. “We have declared Chongqing and Hyderabad as the friendly cities,” he told, adding that up to 34 industries and investors from Chongqing would make their investments in the joint ventures in Hyderabad and other cities of Sindh.
He told that the industrialists from the 2 cities had already maintained a promising cooperation in the industry. “We now want to further bolster the business ties in the steel, textile, real estate, and other sectors,” Yang said. He said Chongqing was a beautiful city in China and that it was home to the automobile and motorbike industry.
The Chinese businessmen said Hyderabad was a favorite place for investment where the Chinese industrialists intended to introduce advanced technology. He informed that Hyderabad was selected for the investment after HCCI submitted investment proposals to the federation. “This MoU is part of the CPEC as 34 Chinese companies will be making investments in various sectors,” former HCCI president Seth Goharullah said.
The HCCI’s vice president Ziauddin, who signed the MoU with his Chinese counterparts earlier in China, apprised that a formal agreement between the mayors of Chongqing and Hyderabad would be signed in October in Pakistan. He told that the Chinese delegations would visit Hyderabad and sign agreements with the local companies. According to him, a sub-office of the federation was also established in Hyderabad’s SITE area and it would also be inaugurated in October. The office bearers and members of HCCI were present on the occasion.