June 15, 2021: Pakistan and Russia have agreed to make joint efforts for enhancing bilateral trade volume.
The understanding came in a telephonic conversation between Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov on Monday.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi welcomed the lifting of the embargo on the import of Pakistani rice by Russia.
He said Pakistan desires for early initiation of the Pakistan Stream Gas Pipeline project for the promotion of cooperation in the energy sector.
The Foreign Minister said the signing of the supplementary agreement on the project between the two countries is a highly positive development.
Thanking Russia for supporting Pakistan in checking spread of the Coronavirus pandemic, Shah Mahmood Qureshi reminded his Russian counterpart of early provision of five million doses of the Russian anti-Covid vaccine Sputnik to Pakistan.
June 15, 2021: Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan (REAP) has taken initiative to Host First Virtual REAP Rice Expo 2021, on Wednesday, 16th June 2021.
Due to the prevailing COVID pandemic, rice exporters are restricted from traveling and such large public gatherings. Therefore, REAP has planned to organize such an event Online Virtually and formed a dedicated team for making this event happened.
This event will be the Rice industry’s largest virtual event, featuring a program jam-packed with inspirational keynote speakers, unparalleled networking opportunities, Exhibitors Virtual Booths, and market outlook panels on special topics relevant to the Pakistani and International Rice Industry.
The main purpose of this event is to promote and project Pakistani Rice across the globe. In this mission Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Trade Development Authority of Pakistan, All Commercial Counsellors, and Trade Attaché in many countries are working day and night to spread the message across the globe for more participation from International Buyers.
REAP has received overwhelming responses from international participants. International major buyers of Pakistani rice have also agreed to join Virtual Conference in Panel discussions. REAP would like to take MINCOM, TDAP along with all Trade Embassies on board to make this event a great success.
June 15, 2021: Prime Minister Imran Khan has expressed satisfaction over the Covid vaccination drive in the country.
Chairing a meeting to review progress in the vaccination drive in Islamabad on Monday, he stressed the need for timely vaccination and adherence to the standard operating procedures to prevent the spread of pandemic.
The Prime Minister called for collective efforts by institutions and people to avert the Indian-like situation due to the pandemic.
The meeting was apprised that the number of vaccination centers has been doubled and mobile teams have been increased from 48 to 600.
The meeting was also informed that over ten million citizens have so far been vaccinated, which is a significant milestone. Furthermore, the public and private organizations are also ensuring vaccination of their staff.
June 15, 2021: Prime Minister Imran Khan says the federal budget for the next fiscal year is growth-oriented that will not only solidify economic stability but also promote key areas of the economy, including agriculture, industry, and housing.
Speaking at a meeting of party spokespersons in Islamabad on Monday, he expressed satisfaction that the country's economy has not only stabilized but is also moving toward growth.
The Prime Minister said while the international economy was severely hit by Covid-19, Pakistan covered the economic journey through a successful strategy.
Highlighting the key priorities, Imran Khan said the government focused on Kamyab Jawan Programme, Sehat Card, Ten Billion Tree Tsunami, promotion of science and technology, poverty alleviation, and generation of employment opportunities with an aim to effectively overcome the challenges facing the country.
June 15, 2021: Prime Minister Imran Khan has directed the authorities concerned to finalize the new mechanism of providing targeted subsidy to vulnerable segments of the society at the earliest so that it can be formally launched next month.
He was speaking at a briefing in Islamabad on the new system being devised to provide subsidies to weaker segments of society by the government.
The Prime Minister said under the targeted subsidy, the deserving segments of the society will be provided financial assistance for purchasing essential commodities.
He said the government is committed to providing all financial resources for this purpose.
Appreciating the officials concerned for preparing a mechanism to provide a targeted subsidy, he said equal subsidy to both the rich and the poor is not only wastage of government resources but it also deprives the deserving ones.