A great initiative was taken by the supply chain management department of Institute of Business Management recently by organizing a successful workshop on “ Making CPEC a success through supply chain and logistics”. The objective of the workshop was to provide an insight as to how CPEC can improve the Logistics and supply chain management in the region.
The august gathering was informed about the useful contribution that department of Logistics & Supply Chain management of IoBM is making in context with making CPEC a success, namely, carrying out environmental impact assessment of transshipment of coal at PQA for onward transmission to power plant in Sahiwal which is a CPEC project , coal ash utilization which is still an unsolved issue and determination of corrosivity index of sea water at Gwadar Port which will help in increasing the life of the project by taking anticorrosion measures like cathodic protection etc .
As part of study carried out at by supply chain department, it was revealed that for safety of structures, bridges etc ,use of steel with right specifications is essential. This will only be possible with revival of Pakistan steel which alone can produce quality products.The study also pointed out that Pakistan Steel can be immediately started in phases by operating its Foundry shop and Billet Mill or by importing Blooms and operating Billet Mill which can produce upto four lacs tones ( nearly half of its capacity) per annum. The workshop was beneficial to students, industrial experts, scholars and related practitioners. A very renowned panel of speakers including Senator Mr.Nihal Hashmi , Dr.Ikhtiar Baig (Ex Advisor to Prime Minister), Major Mansoor Khalid Cheema, (Deputy Assistant Director Army housing)Engr Moinuddin Ali Khan (Head of SCM) & Mr Kashif Shafiq (Assistant Professor, supply chain and logistics management) and other specialists shared their expertise. The Rector of IoBM, Mr Talib. S. Karim concluded the session