Haier China signs contract with HEC for PM’s Laptop Programme
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan witnessed on Monday the historic contract signing ceremony for supply and commissioning of 100,000 laptops under Prime Minister’s Youth Programme (PMYP). Ms. Leila Khan, Member National Assembly and Adviser to the Chairperson PMYP was the chief guest during the ceremony held at HEC Secretariat, Islamabad.Anwar Amjad, Director General, Information Technology, Higher Education Commission (HEC) and Zhang Le, International Projects Manager, Haier Electrical Appliances Corp Ltd signed the contract. Haier has won the contract through a competitive process conducted by Higher Education Commission in which major manufacturers of laptops participated.The Programme aims at distribution of laptops among young and bright students studying in public sector higher education institutions across the country. HEC is the executing agency responsible for developing criteria, mechanism, modalities and a roadmap for procurement and distribution of laptops under this Programme. During 2013-14, 100,000 laptops will be distributed among students as per defined criteria.Speaking at the occasion, the chief guest Leila Khan shared the vision of PMLN Government for development of youth. She appreciated HEC for effectively managing the selection process for the laptop Programme. She emphasized that it has been ensured that entire procedure of the laptop Programme is transparent and that laptops will be distributed purely on merit.Dr Mukhtar Ahmed, Chairperson HEC thanked the government for showing confidence in HEC for execution of the laptop Programme. He appreciated the idea of the Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif for not only providing laptops to students but also bound procuring agency to assemble laptops in Pakistan. He said that right from the start Transparency International has been involved so that nobody has any doubt on fairness of the whole process. It may be mentioned here that Transparency International Pakistan has congratulated Prime Minister for procurement of 100,000 laptops fully in accordance with PPRA Rules. The whole process has been completed by HEC in a record time of 20 days.Wang, General Manager, Haier Electrical Appliances Corp Ltd appreciated the initiatives of present government for the youth of Pakistan, including laptop Programme. He said that Haier has thousands of customers globally. “We always focus on customers’ demands. We will provide best quality laptops to beneficiaries of the scheme.”Earlier, in his welcome address, Dr Mansoor Akbar Kundi, Executive Director Higher Education Commission said that the youth Programme launched by the Government is talent-centric, which is a source of inspiration for the young population of this country.