Islamabad, PK – 2 January, 2013 – National Productivity Organization (NPO) signed MOU with Mishal Pakistan, a country partner institute of the Center for Global Competitiveness and Performance at the World Economic Forum. Mishal is working closely with key institutions in Pakistan on identifying the gaps and opportunities on improving competitiveness issues for long term economic growth Pakistan.
Mishal and NPO will work together to develop initiatives for improving Pakistan ranking on the Global Competitiveness Index of the World Economic Forum. It was also agreed that NPO will assist Mishal to conduct the annual Executive Opinion Survey of the World Economic Forum to measure Pakistan’s ranking on World Economic Forum’s various indicator on competitiveness. Both the organizations have also agreed to jointly execute activities to develop initiatives for measuring Pakistan’s competitiveness and improving its ranking; whereas, to create a hybrid pool of resources for knowledge sharing.
While addressing the occasion, Khawaja Muhammad Yousuf, Chief Executive Officer of NPO, highlighted that “Pakistan rank 124 from a total of 144 countries and there is a need to synergize country’s resources both technically and physically to uplift our industry with special focus towards competitiveness and productivity”. He hoped that NPO and Mishal together will play a unique role through various special initiatives including research on productivity to improve Pakistan’s ranking. He further said that, “NPO will assist MISHAL Pakistan in developing the annual Pakistan’s State of Competitiveness Report”.
Speaking on the occasion, chief executive officer of Mishal and Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, Amir Jahangir shared that Pakistan is facing though competition both in the region and globally, nations around the world are improving their productivity and competitiveness systematically, Pakistan needs to focus its initiatives to improve its own competitiveness.
MISHAL and NPO will also work together to develop institutional capacity of various government institutions and departments to understand the challenges faced by Pakistan on the competitiveness front, for this, MISHAL will provide technical assistance to NPO in establishing a separate department within NPO that will specialize in addressing the issues of competitiveness.
To improve competitiveness, both parties have also agreed that Mishal will be working closely with the management of the National Productivity Organization to reach out to other stakeholders to mobilize resources including knowledge partnerships, donor assistance and institutional collaborations.
Incorporated in 2006, NPO is the partner of the Asian Productivity Organization (APO). NPO is striving hard to reach out to the economic sectors with the help of its regional offices and nationwide initiatives which include training, consulting, productivity audits and benchmarking exercises through energy efficiency, Prime Minister Quality Awards, Transfer of best practices, quality certifications and standardization, mass awareness and outreach Programmes on improving productivity.
Mishal Pakistan is the country partner Institute of the Center for Global Competitiveness and Performance at the World Economic Forum. World Economic Forum is an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging leaders in partnerships to shape global, regional and industry. Established in 2003, as a limited by liability company under companies ordinance 1984, Mishal has been engaged with some of the most dynamic organizations, including media enterprises and global development agencies helping them develop their communication strategies and solutions for better understanding and creating synergies with their concerned stakeholders.
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