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  • ADB approves technical assistance for Pakistan's energy sector

    ISLAMABAD: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has agreed to assist Pakistan in formulation of a new energy policy for the medium-term covering 2018-23, it was learnt on Wednesday...

    In this regard, ADB has approved ‘knowledge and support’ technical assistance worth $5 million to carry out key energy sector analyses and an assessment of the progress made during 2010-16, the findings of which will provide options for the policy for the...

  • Pakistan, Iran to enhance cooperation in health sector

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Iran have agreed to enhance cooperation in the public health sector, including medical education and drug manufacturing...

    According to an official statement released on Sunday, Minister for National Health Services Saira Afzal Tarar, who has been visiting Iran these days, during meetings with her Iranian counterpart Dr Seyyed Hassan Qazizadeh Hashmi and other officials from the health sector, stressed for the...

  • The 70 erratic years of Pakistan’s agriculture sector

    WITH a rich and vast natural resource base covering various climatic and ecological zones, Pakistan ranks eighth in the world in farm output...

    The country’s agricultural sector has three major roles in the national economy: provides food to consumers and fibre to the industry, earns foreign exchange, and provides a market for industrial goods/machinery...

  • World Bank to help develop Pakistan’s renewable energy sector

    ISLAMABAD: World Bank President Dr Jim Yong Kim on Monday offered technical and financial help in technological improvements in the renewable energy sector...

    He was talking to Finance Minister Ishaq Dar who called on him during the spring meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington, said a message received from the Embassy of Pakistan...

  • Australia, Pakistan urged to tap private sector

    LAHORE: The private sectors of Pakistan and Australia should develop sustainable partnerships and find ways to avail the trade and investment potential that exists in the private sectors of the two countries...

    Mr Madew said “Australia has made a considerable development in dairy and livestock sectors and its experience in these areas can be useful for Pakistan, adding Australian universities are focusing on Research & Development...

  • ‘Lack of data on minerals in Pakistan a challenge to sector’s growth’

    ISLAMABAD: Although minerals, including gemstones, have great potential to contribute to Pakistan’s economy, the lack of real data on minerals in the country is one of the fundamental challenges to the sector’s growth, Prof Saleem H...

    Mr Ali, the professor of energy and environment at the University of Delaware in the United States, cautioned that only a careful and practical approach, along with an elaborated strategy, was the key...

  • The neglected sector of nursing in Pakistan

    Though in developing countries nurses are considered as experienced and expert as doctors, in developing countries such as Pakistan there is a huge difference between them...

    An official of the Ministry of National Health Services (NHS) requesting not to be quoted told Dawn that during the last almost six decades no attention was given to the nursing sector...

  • Govt expenditure on agricultural sector far lower in Pakistan: WB

    ISLAMABAD: Government expenditure on agriculture sector, both as a percentage of total outlays and as agricultural GDP, is far lower in Pakistan than other countries in South and Southeast Asia, the World Bank said in a report...

    Fundamental reforms in agricultural research and extension systems, marketing of crops and livestock products (market reforms) as well as water management policies and institutions, could provide greater...

  • Iran assures Pakistan of cooperation in developing energy sector

    ISLAMABAD: Iran will help Pakistan in developing energy and infrastructure sectors, said member of Iranian Foreign Policy Committee Muhammad Hassan Asafari on Monday while talking to Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs chairperson Senator Nuzhat Sadiq...

    He said Iran had the readiness to expand ties with Pakistan in all spheres and no foreign hindrance would cause any difficulty in the gas pipeline project...

  • ADB to provide Pakistan $800 million loan for energy sector

    ISLAMABAD: The government of Pakistan and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed on Thursday a letter of exchange for the establishment of Pakistan National Fund for Disaster Management (PNFDM), a program loan for the sustainable energy sector program and two other projects worth of $800million in the energy sector...

    The loan will be utilised for the execution of “Sustainable Energy Sector Reform Program-Subprogram II”, amounting to...

  • Pakistan’s shadow surgical instruments’ sector

    Pakistan is the leading exporter of surgical instruments, but local manufacturers receive only 2pc, or $359m, of the $17bn global trade, as most of it is lost to outsourcing importers...

    Some international brands are reported to have shut down manufacturing facilities in their home countries as they get the best products from Pakistan’s world class artisans...

  • Alibaba founder expresses interest in Pakistan's e-commerce sector

    Chairman Alibaba Group Jack Ma met Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday and expressed his interest in investing in Pakistan's e-commerce sector, reported the state-run Pakistan Television...

    "We are ready to invest for establishing an e-commerce platform in Pakistan," said Ma while meeting the premier on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos...

  • Pakistan must invest in agri sector for improving resilience, yield: report

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan will need to build up the resilience of its agricultural sector over the next several decades, with greater investment in agricultural research and extension to maintain and increase yields and build tolerance to pests, diseases and disasters, a report on Pakistan’s agriculture and rural economy notes...

    The report, published by Washington-based International Food Policy Research Institute, stressed that improved...

  • India, Pakistan exchange fire at LoC's Bhimber sector

    ISLAMABAD: Incidents of cross-border firing across the Line of Control (LoC) continue as Pakistani and Indian troops exchanged fire in the Bhimber sector in the wee hours of Tuesday...

    "Pakistani troops befittingly responded to unprovoked Indian firing in the Baghsar, Broh and Khanjar areas in Bhimber sector," ISPR said...

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