Pakistan successfully overcome several issues: Mamnoon

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ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain on Tuesday said Pakistan had successfully overcome several complex issues including countering terrorism and stabilizing national economy.
The President said this while addressing the inauguration ceremony of first International Deans Conference of Engineering Institutions organized by Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC).
The President stated that during last few decades, the country had to face various problems including terrorism which caused a debilitating impact on the economy and increased unemployment.
He said the situation also affected the people associated with the profession of engineering and he underlined that now there was a change in circumstances.
He emphasized that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was not only beneficial for Pakistan and China but for the entire region.
He underscored that it was an age of connectivity and its latest manifestation had emerged in the shape of CPEC.
President Mamnoon expressed satisfaction that Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) was cognizant of the future requirements and they had also charted out a strategy in order to discharge these responsibilities.
He highlighted that many countries of the world including those of Central Asia had pinned many expectations with this project. Therefore, it is necessary that PEC and all other national institutions should recognize their responsibilities in this regard, he added.
He stated that PEC had also a huge responsibility in these matters apart from other relevant organizations and stressed that it was, therefore, imperative that international standards must be kept in consideration during the development of projects.
He emphasized on ensuring quality of international standards in carrying out the projects related to CPEC and hoped that such discussions would provide basis for the improvement of engineering education and professional standards in Pakistan.
He called upon the PEC to prepare viable proposals in this regard and expressed hope that these suggestions would be helpful in developing engineering service structure in the country.
The President expressed his pleasure on Pakistan’s becoming a signatory of Washington Accord last year and termed it of vital importance for the field of engineering.
He hoped that participation in this important international forum would strengthen engineering sector in Pakistan and would also help in further accelerating the pace of national development.
Chairman Higher Education Commission Prof Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad, Vice Chairman Pakistan Engineering Council, Secretary General Malaysian Society for Engineering and Technology Prof. Muhammad Noor, Engr. Dr. Jameel Ahmed and local and foreign experts were also present in the ceremony.
Federal Minister for Science and Technology Rana Tanveer Hussain also addressed at the event.
Meanwhile, President Mamnoon Hussain Tuesday said strict implementation of discipline, merit and transparency and were the key to good governance and urged the civil servants to strictly adhere to the principle.
He was talking to Chairman FPSC Naveed Akram Cheema who called on him at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, and presented him Annual Report of the FPSC.
The President said the working of Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) has made it a reliable organization in the country. He said it was heartening to note that both male and female children from backward areas were joining the civil services.
He said the trend needs to be encouraged and equal opportunities be provided to the people from all regions by elevating the standards of education. The President said young professionals from different fields were also becoming part of the civil services and hoped it would further improve the standards of administration in the country. He was also appreciative of the launch of simple, speedy and inexpensive online registration system for the aspiring candidates. He hoped that FPSC would achieve its desired objectives under the leadership of its Chairman, Naveed Akram Cheema. – NNI