PR No. 201 Islamabad, November 30, 2017

“Pakistan is committed to intensify efforts for achieving accelerated development through a strategy that combines inclusive growth with green development under the 12th Five Year Plan (2018-2023) which is currently under preparation”, said Mr. Sartaj Aziz, Deputy Chairman Planning Commission while presiding over a symposium to mark the conclusion of an Institutional Cooperation Programme between Pakistan and Norway.

          Mr. Sartaj Aziz thanked the Government of Norway for providing financial grants amounting to Rs.600 million for capacity building in different fields. He said that collaboration of Pakistani institutes with their respective counterparts in Norway has played vital role in promoting the key objective of capacity building in areas like cancer diagnostics, accreditation, marine fisheries, seismic monitoring network handling and tsunami modelling, petroleum studies, crop sciences and other areas. He said that seventeen projects have been completed under this Programme. He specially highlighted the importance of few projects like National Institute of Laser & Optronics for early detection of deep seated tumor, Establishment of Norwegian Centre of excellence for petroleum studies at NED University Karachi, capacity building of Survey of Pakistan for preparation of Geographical data for digital elevation model generation using high resolution satellite images, School of Chemical and material engineering at NUST to improve the quality and efficiency of natural gas and Pakistan National Accreditation Council which will expand the recognition of Pakistani institutions abroad.

          Mr. Aziz also said that present government has given shared vision that aims at ensuring the country’s success in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals of zero poverty and hunger and universal access to health services, education, modern energy services, clean water and sanitation by 2030.

          Mr. Sartaj Aziz expressed the hope that linkages developed between the institutes of both the countries will assist Pakistani experts and institutes to share the new technologies with other institutions in Pakistan.