ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain has said the government was committed to enhancing defence production in the country and export surplus quantity to help them meet their needs.
He said this while addressing a two-day seminar on Public-Private Partnership in defence production and export on Wednesday.
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He added that the purpose of the seminar was to provide a platform for entrepreneurs, financial experts, engineers, policymakers and academics to share views and make recommendations for developing a draft policy framework for promoting public private partnership in the defence industry and export of Pakistani equipment.
He also commended the Defence Export Promotion Organization (DEPO) and Center for International Strategic Studies (CISS), Islamabad, for organising the first national level seminar on the subject. “The seminar was organised on the direction of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and it was his vision to re-structure the whole domain of defence productions by enhancing public-private partnership,” said Hussain.
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“It is very satisfying to note that representatives from private and public defence industry, research organisations, universities and government departments are participating in the seminar,” said the minister, adding that the recommendations will be compiled in the seminar report before a defence production and export policy is developed.
“The seminar will keep in view the long term defence needs of Pakistan as well as needs of the states to which we would like to export our defence equipment. A comprehensive defence production and export policy framework will hopefully help enhance indigenous defence equipment’s production and export,” the minister remarked.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 4th, 2015.
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