IFC Business Edge® teaser events project of 2016
National Productivity Organization (NPO) has successfully completed 4 Teaser events under the International Finance Corporation (member of the World Bank Group) Business Edge® project of 2016. These events were organized in Multan Chamber of Commerce & Industry (MCCI), Sialkot Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SCCI), Hyderabad and Naran. Total 172 persons are trained through these programs. Business Edge® is proprietary training product of International Finance Corporation (IFC). IFC has developed 53 training modules in various disciplines including Marketing Management, Human Resource Management, Financial, Management and Accounting, General and Operations Management, Personal Productivity Skills and Tourism and Sector Specific Management of Accommodation Services. The modules are specially designed to train SMEs and MSMEs and all of the modules are also translated into Urdu Language. Whereas about 40 modules are also been translated into Pashto language.
TRAINING PROGRAMS UNDER ECONOMIC REVITALISATION OF KHYBER PAKHTUNKHWA AND FATA (ERKF) PROJECT 2016
National Productivity Organization (NPO) has organized 11 training programmes for Women Entrepreneurs Development at Peshawar for Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry Peshawar Division (WCCIPD) under the Economic Revitalization of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa & FATA (ERKF) Project. Total 129 women are trained through these programs. Trainings are organized from April 28, 2016 till 29 May 2016 on the following topics:
1) Food Processing
2) Kitchen Gardening
4) Mushroom Growing
5) Cooking & Baking
6) Block Printing
7) Screen Printing
8) Candle Making
9) Flower Arrangement
10) Glass Painting
11) Fabric Painting
PRODUCTIVITY BENCHMARKING STUDY OF TEXTILE INDUSTRY
Ministry of Textile Industry has inked a Pak Rs. 9.2 million agreement with the National Productivity Organization (NPO) functioning under the Ministry of Industries & Production for carrying out productivity benchmarking study of textile sub-sectors i.e. ginning, knit stitching, knit processing, so as to award them parity with international norms.
With a firm commitment of ascertaining quality norms for the textile industry, NPO then Chief Executive Officer Khawaja Muhammad Yousuf and then Secretary of Ministry of Textile Industry Shahid Rashid inked the agreement on behalf of their respective organizations, in presence of then Federal Minister for Textile Makhdoom Shahabudin.
The project is expected to prove helpful in ascertaining the current level of competitiveness of the Pakistani industry in comparison with other global industries, particularly those of India, Bangladesh, China and Vietnam.
Several foreign experts, who visited Pakistan to aid project implementation, disseminated total productivity maintenance amongst industrialists and productivity practitioners.
Survey of around 22-25 companies in each sub-sector i.e. Ginning, Knit Stitching and Knit Processing was done. Analysis of the data gathered was made and thereof recommendations regarding implementation of various best practices were given.
NPO teams are encouraging best practices and monitor them for a pre-determined period so as to ensure quality balance. Focusing on the factors affecting the sectors competitiveness, the study would help the textile policy makers and industrialists in deciding the future course of action for the industry.
CLEANER PRODUCTION ANALYSIS STUDY OF INDUSTRIAL SECTOR OF PAKISTAN
National Productivity Organization (NPO) and International Finance Corporation (IFC) have started the project of Cleaner Production (CP) Analysis Study of Industrial Sector of Pakistan. the study is based on over 200 Energy Efficiency Audits that were conducted by NPO is various industries. IFC has engaged the Earnst & Young (E & Y) an International consultant for this study. The study is in final stage and E &Y has submitted its final report to IFC. The final report is in the process of publishing. Once finalized, a seminar will be conducted by NPO and IFC to disseminate the results of the study.
The objectives of the CP study were (i) to establish the analytical framework for identifying the key barriers and challenges preventing the uptake of resource efficiency practices and technologies, (ii) identify methodologies and approaches to overcome these barriers and challenges, and (iii) structure programmatic interventions that will support and accelerate the uptake of resource efficiency practices and technologies.
Representatives from NPO, IFC and Earnest & Young have held a number of meetings through conference calls to discuss the methodology of the project. All technical coordination was done by Mr. Aftab Khan, Team Leader of Energy Department of NPO and administrative management of the project was performed by Mr. Muhammad Zafar Ullah, Deputy Manager (MIS).
INTERNATIONAL FINANCE CORPORATION (IFC) BUSINESS EDGE® PROJECT FOR CONDUCTING TEASE/PILOT EVENTS AND QUALITY CONTROL IN PAKISTAN FOR YEAR 2014-15.
National Productivity Organization (NPO) has signed an agreement with International Finance Corporation (IFC) in November 2014 for conducting Business Edge® Project of Tease/Pilot events and Quality Control in Pakistan for year 2014 - 15.
The objective of the project is to spread the awareness about IFC Business Edge® initiatives for the progress of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME’s) and enhance their performance and competitiveness to meet the global challenges.
Business Edge® specialized training products and services are developed by International Finance Corporation (IFC) and focuses on core management skills, such as financial, operational, marketing, human resource management and sound leadership skills.
Under this project NPO will organize 10 tease/pilot events and quality control of trainings through trainers assessment in various cities of Pakistan. The project is awarded to NPO after qualifying in open competitive bidding and successful completion of the similar project for the year 2013 - 14.
Mr. Muhammad Zafar Ullah, Deputy Manager (MIS) is the project leader from NPO and Mr. Asim Ali Chishti of IFC Business Development Coordinator for Pakistan SME and Value Chain Solutions Cross Cutting Advisory Solutions IFC.
TRADE RELATED TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (TRTA-II)
UNIDO's Trade Related Technical Assistance (TRTA-II) funded by European Union (EU) envisaged National Productivity Organization (NPO) as the lead organization in improving the pro-poor manufacturing sectors viz-a-viz fan, cutlery and surgical. Therefore, NPO in collaboration with UNIDO has conducted Productivity Benchmarking Studies of Fan, Cutlery and Surgical sectors of Pakistan.
The Benchmarking study of fan and cutlery sectors have been completed while surgical sector study is under process. Survey of almost 100 companies in each sector was done and based on results various interventions regarding value addition and productivity improvement have been identified and their implementation is underway.
ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROJECT FOR TEXTILE SECTOR PHASE-I
In the project of Energy Efficiency for Textile Sector Phase-I more than 60 energy efficiency audits were conducted by NPO energy teams and up to 15% Energy saving potential was identified in the audited units.
ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROJECT FOR TEXTILE SECTOR PHASE-II
Similarly in the project of Energy Efficiency for Textile Sector Phase-II more than 150 energy efficiency audits were conducted by NPO energy teams and up to 15% Energy saving potential was identified in the audited units.
ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROJECT FOR STEEL SECTOR
National Productivity Organization (NPO) has conducted energy audits of 37 steel units. The project was initiated after the findings of 13 test audited units in which up to 25% energy saving potential was identified.
PRIME MINISTER QUALITY AWARD (PMQA)
National Productivity Organization (NPO) initiated the PMQA in 2010 based on the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award (MBNQA) of USA. Today, more than 70 countries in the world and 17 countries in Asia have adopted the MBNQA criteria for performance excellence i.e Quality Award. The basic objective of this award was to acknowledge and appreciate the good practices of high achievers at national level. It also encourage culture of benchmarking with national and international organizations.
The PMQA Criteria for Performance Excellence provide a systems perspective for understanding performance management. It reflect validated, leading-edge management practices against which an organization can measure itself. With its acceptance nationally and internationally as the model for performance excellence, the Criteria represent a common language for communication among organizations for sharing best practices.
PEACH FOR PROSPERITY
National Productivity Organization (NPO) has carried out a project for peach growers of Swat and its surrounding areas on "Peach for Prosperity". During this project over 3300 peach growers were trained for harvesting, grading, packing and marketing with the purpose to eliminate the middleman and enhance competitiveness. All the peach farmers were of the view that government has taken a good initiative for the peach farmers, which will incline good standardized peach production. Initially master trainers were trained in the languages of Urdu and Pashto so that they can teach every farmer and worker in their own language for better understanding.
The project was funded by Business Support Fund (BSF), Ministry of Finance and implemented with the help of consultants.
BUILDING ENERGY AUDITS
National Productivity Organization (NPO) has conducted building energy audits of 10 public sector buildings consisting of PM Secretariat, 8 Blocks of Pakistan Secretariat and University of Peshawar. This project was won by NPO in open competitive bidding and was a part of ENERCON’s National Awareness Campaign on Energy and Environment (Project ACE) project. Findings of these audits have shown up to 35% energy saving opportunities in the public sector buildings.
INDUSTRIAL SECTOR MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEM (MIS)
National Productivity Organization (NPO) has developed an Industrial Sector Management Information System (MIS) by collecting energy consumption and production data of 101 industries from all over Pakistan. These industries were from selected from various sectors i.e. ceramics, food & beverages, refineries, fertilizers and chemicals. The system calculates the energy consumed in per unit production of particular Industry. The system also helps to identify the energy consumption of local industries and benchmark it with the international countries.
ENERGY CONSERVATION TRAININGS
National Productivity Organization (NPO) has conducted Energy Conservation Trainings in 10 cities of Pakistan under Energy Conservation through Training and Mass Awareness Campaign (TMAC) project of ENERCON. These trainings were conducted free for participants with the objective to raise energy consumption awareness among general public. This project have raised the awareness about conservation & efficient management of energy utilization among general public.
INTERNATIONAL FINANCE CORPORATION (IFC) BUSINESS EDGE® PROJECT FOR CONDUCTING TEASE/PILOT EVENTS, QUALITY CONTROL AND IMPACT ASSESSMENT IN PAKISTAN FOR YEAR 2013-14.
National Productivity Organization (NPO) has successfully completed the IFC Business Project for conducting 10 tease/pilot events in Pakistan and quality control of trainings through trainers assessment and impact assessment. The 10 events were conducted at Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce & Industry, National Rural Development Program Narowal, Peshawar Industrial Estate, Hattar Industrial Estate, University of Engineering & Technology Lahore, NED University of Engineering & Technology Karachi, Orix Leasing (Pvt) Ltd. Lahore, FINCA Microfinance Bank Lahore, Sialkot Chamber of Commerce & Industry and First Microfinance Bank Islamabad. 14 assessments/ evaluations of trainers were also performed by independent IFC certified assessors in order to guarantee the quality delivery of trainings. At the end Impact Assessment of IFC Business Edge® trainings was conducted.
The objective of the project was to spread the awareness about IFC Business Edge® initiatives for the progress of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises. The events were attended by over 300 entrepreneurs and professionals from various walks of life. All the stakeholders appreciated Business Edge® training methodology for business improvement and personal productivity enhancement.
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TRAINING PROGRAMS UNDER ECONOMIC REVITALISATION OF KHYBER PAKHTUNKHWA AND FATA (ERKF) PROJECT
National Productivity Organization (NPO) is also focusing on the skilling of people from less privileged areas of Pakistan. For this purpose, skill enhancement training programs in KPK and FATA were initiated by NPO and three training programs were held under “Economic Revitalisation of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA” (ERKF) Project.
These trainings were conducted for Tribal Areas Chamber of Commerce & Industry (TACCI) and Women Business Development Centre (WBDC) at Peshawar in 2013. The objective of these trainings was to explain the export and import procedures for business entities in Tribal Areas with the rationale to help them increase their revenue. In another program awareness about the importance of public relations in a business was organized for women entrepreneurs of Peshawar. Over 70 participants were benefitted from these programs.
BUSINESS SKILLS TRAININGS FOR INSTITUTE OF SPACE TECHNOLOGY (IST), ISLAMABAD
National Productivity Organization (NPO) in collaboration with Business Edge® (an innovation of International Finance Corporation (IFC) a member of the World Bank Group) has successfully conducted Internationally recognized IFC Business Edge® training programs at Institute of Space Technology (IST), Islamabad.
The 9 trainings were conducted from 3 - 11 February 2014 on three topics i.e. Developing a Business Plan for a New Venture, Achieving Success in Marketing and Strengthening the Financial Skills for final year students of Electrical Engineering, Material Science & Engineering and Astronautics & Aeronautics. Over 100 students were trained during these trainings.
Main objective of the training workshops was to reveal the importance of the business skills for engineering students. The students learned the basic business skills that will help them in establishing their own businesses.
At the end Dr. Zaffar Muhammad Khan, Director Office of Research, Innovation and Commercialization (ORIC) at IST appreciated the students for their active participation in the training workshops and their learning's. He also thanked IFC, NPO and the trainers for organizing the workshops for educating the students of IST in business skills.
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