Islamabad: Mr. Muhammad Basharat Raja Advisor to Prime Minister, Mr. Agha Nadeem Additional Secretary Ministry of Industries, Mr. Aitazaz A. Niazi Chief Executive Officer Engineering Development Board, Mr. Iqbal Kidwai from SMEDA, Mrs Romana Tanveer along with other board members attended 8th Board meeting of National Productivity Organization (NPO) at its Regional office Lahore on October 6, 2011.
Khawaja Muhammad Yousuf, CEO NPO briefed the participants on the last 1 year achievements and future targets of NPO. He said that NPO objective is to enhance productivity and competitiveness of all economic sectors of Pakistan’s and by inculcating productivity and quality consciousness through national and international training programs.
CEO NPO apprised the meeting that NPO’s Vision is to act as catalyst to improve productivity to achieve global competitiveness. Whereas NPO’s Mission is to lead the productivity movement in Pakistan to foster an enabling environment and to introduce and implement programmes/ initiatives that enhance productivity and quality.
The current thrust areas of NPO include Prime Minister Quality Award, Energy Efficiency Audit and Training, Productivity and Quality Training, Consultancy and Research services, Certification services for productivity improvement in the public and private sectors. NPO Pakistan has successfully conducted and organized International Seminars, Symposiums and Workshops related to quality and productivity.
NPO has well established offices in Islamabad, Lahore, Multan, Karachi, Peshawar, Faisalabad and Swat (project office) while Quetta, Mirpur (AJK) and Hub is in process. NPO has strong strategic alliances with chambers, associations, universities and other leading international organizations from various sectors across Pakistan.
He mentioned that NPO has arranged 10 APO’s International Programs after gap of 3 years by utilizing International Resource Persons at Lahore and Karachi besides conducting 8 International e-Learning (VC based) Training Programs. Also 96 persons attended APO’s international training programs totally funded by APO and 4585 participants attended NPO’s 173 national training and consultancy programs.
Presently NPO is Arranging International Productivity Congress in November 2011 on the eve of 50th anniversary of APO in which more than 30 foreigners are expected to attend
He further added that NPO has established Women Entrepreneurship Development System (WEDS) in Multan to facilitate small women entrepreneurs through better marketing which leads to enhance their earnings.
He mentioned that NPO is successfully implementing Energy Efficiency projects in textile and steel sectors. Up to 8% – 25 % of energy saving potential identified in these units. Besides this arranged Energy Conservation Training programs held at Lahore, Hyderabad, Quetta, Multan, Bahawalpur, Muzaffargarh, Faisalabad and Sargodha under ENERCON’s TMAC Project.
Regarding ongoing activities Mr. Yousuf briefed the participants on Prime Minister Quality Award (PMQA) for Business Excellence and Competitiveness. He further informed that PMQA is developed on the basis of the world recognized business excellence principles found in US Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and other similar awards.
Today, more than 70 countries in the world specially 17 countries in Asia have adopted this criteria for performance excellence which leads to Quality Award. The Award has been approved by Prime Minister of Pakistan Mr. Yousaf Raza Gillani and will be conferred by him to the best of the best company in 2011.
In the Agricultural sector, NPO initiated project on Peach for Prosperity at Swat funded by BSF, Ministry of Finance. CEO NPO also informed that there are several projects for the development of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) Region.
CEO NPO told the participants that NPO has also gained the membership of World Confederation of Productivity Science (WCPS) having membership of 52 countries mostly from Europe and America.
He also briefed about the NPO history that in 2001, the Government of Pakistan decided to restructure the NPO to undertake the productivity movement in Pakistan. After the approval of the Prime Minister, the legal status of NPO has been changed and the National Productivity Organization has been incorporated under the Companies Ordinance 1984 in 2006. During the last 10 years, the NPO has taken a number of initiatives to create productivity and quality consciousness in the country.
The Board especially the Chairman Mr Muhammad Basharat Raja appreciated the efforts of NPO especially its programs on Energy Efficiency and Prime Minister Quality Award. However he advised NPO to enhance and promote these activities in remote areas especially in Baluchistan. In the end they all praised on the overall performance and activities of NPO Pakistan although having budgetary constraints.
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