PN engaged with local industry to seek technological support: Naval chief

KARACHI: Pakistan Navy is engaged with local industry to seek technological support for its needs. However, this engagement needs to be enhanced to fully exploit private sector potential. Private sector in Pakistan can be trusted to play an important role in support of Pakistan Navy. Pakistan Navy held its first one day ‘PN-Industrial Seminar’ at Pakistan Navy Engineering College, Karachi. Admiral Mohammad Zakaullah, Chief of the Naval Staff, graced the occasion as chief guest.

While addressing the seminar, the chief guest lauded the valuable and informative participation by the representatives of various industries from private sector. He said that ideas shared shall indeed be beneficial to formulate way forward to further enhance role of private sector in support of Pakistan Navy’s technological requirements. The chief guest further stated that global scenario in general and regional geo-political situation in particular warrants concrete and long term policy decisions for achieving self reliance. “Technical know-how and basic industrial infrastructure to support Research and Development (R&D) is available in the country.

However, it is time to integrate and optimize these facilities with a view to further strengthen process of self reliance” He added. While expressing his confidence, the Naval Chief said that through meaningful engagement of the private sector and well articulated strategy Insha-Allah, the dream of ‘Made in Pakistan Naval Systems’ would be realized. He further added that in the present era of globalization and technological innovation, we need to join hands and create collaborations and partnerships that can add value to our national economy and strengthen our national defence. He appreciated the response of private sector which showed resolve to work in time constrained and technologically challenging environment.

Earlier, the speakers from private industry threw light on academia-industry linkages, role of private sector in meeting technological requirements of Pakistan Navy and various aspects of information and communication technology advances thereby identifying opportunities and challenges. They emphasized upon further enhancing the contribution of private industrial sector in supporting Pakistan Navy and presented a roadmap to realize this objective.

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