STAFF REPORT LHR: The WWF-P has recently organized the SW!TCH Asia SPRING stakeholders meeting in Bahawalpur. Purpose of the meeting was to share the projects recent achievements, anticipate activities in upcoming months and mutual expectation among stakeholders and WWF-P with reference to future activities of the project.

According to the agreed schedule, the meeting will be held on quarterly bases.

At the meeting each, stakeholder briefly presented the outcomes of joint activities conducted including integrated gap analysis of ginning efficiency, quality and productivity, safety and risk assessment survey in selected ginning SMEs. Furthermore, possibilities of establishing research centers for ginning sector were also investigated during the meeting.

Arif Makhdum, Director, Sustainable Agriculture Programme called the year 2012 a very significant period for the SW!TCH Asia SPRING project for having the opportunity to share previous results and to plan future activities for the next quarter with the stakeholders.

Khalid Abdullah, Cotton Commissioner, MINTEX, chaired the meeting and declared his interest and support of SW!TCH Asia Project mandate. The meeting was attended by stakeholders including PCSI, PCGA, SMEDA, NTU, CIWCE, BCI and ginners.

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