PR No.12 Finance Minister Chairs Meeting To Review Performance Of SUPARCO Islamabad: April 1, 2016

Finance Minister, Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar here on Friday chaired a meeting to review overall working and performance of Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO).

DG SPD, Lt. General Mazhar Jamil briefed the Finance Minister about role of SUPARCO and the services provided by the organization to other public and private institutions for various scientific and socio-economic development purposes.

Chairman Suparco, Major General Qaiser Anees Khurram gave a detailed briefing on the ongoing and future projects and programmes of SUPARCO. The meeting was informed about the research projects undertaken by SUPARCO and the studies it has conducted based on the applications of Satellite Remote Sensing (SRS) data and Geographic Information System (GIS) technology besides the work done for natural resources surveying, mapping and environmental monitoring. The meeting was also apprised that SUPARCO has undertaken research studies in space and atmospheric sciences including satellite meteorology, satellite radiance, troposphere/stratosphere studies, atmospheric pollution, and astronomy. Besides conducting R&D work the organisation has a strong element of international cooperation in its space development programme. It enjoys the permanent membership of several International Organizations, Institutes, Scientific Committees, United Nations Bodies etc. for cooperation in scientific and technical information, provision of data, training, collaborative studies and joint organisation of conferences & seminars etc.

Financial requirements of various future projects of SUPRACO were also discussed in detail.

Finance Minister, Senator Ishaq Dar appreciated SUPARCO for its splendid work in space and upper atmosphere research. He said the government would extend all possible support for the organisation’s development programmes. Senior officials of the Ministry of Finance, SPD and SUPARCO attended the meeting.