Federal Minister for Industries and Production, Syed Murtaza Mahmud, visited Engineering Development Board on 25th May, 2023 to have a meeting with Cutlery Association.
The meeting focused on addressing the challenges faced by the cutlery industry and exploring ways to support its growth. During the meeting, Mahmud pledged to reactivate the Cutlery Institute of Pakistan through the Technology Up gradation and Skill Development Company within the next 6 to 8 months. The minister assured the chairman of cutlery association Mr Shakeel Azam of all possible assistance, including required certifications and training, to enhance exports to the United Kingdom.
Additionally, the minister urged to submit a viable plan for obtaining support in establishing warehouses in the European Union and Saudi Arabia, thus expanding the industry’s global reach.
CEO-EDB also briefed the minister on a joint study conducted by the Engineering Development Board and the Pakistan Business Council. which focuses on enhancing the competitiveness of the cutlery sector and proposed policy recommendations after thorough literature review and consultation with industry members.
Federal Minister appreciated both the organization (PBC & EDB) for initiating and setting up such good work relationship for the benefit of local industries and called it to be a unique combination of working between the public and private sector organizations and a good example joining hands by creating synergies for developing various sector of the economy. While acknowledging EDB’s efforts for development of various engineering sectors, he commended the organization’s management for developing the engineering industry on modern lines for enabling it to become technologically sound and globally integrated.