Verification of Certification System Documentation and Accrediated Certification of SMEs is in progress at Quetta & Chaman, Balochistan
Accredited Certification followed by Incentivisation of SMEs under handholding approach of CIP Project at QCCI Dated: 20-3-2023
GILGIT BALTISTAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & INDUSTRY AWARENESS SAMINAR
CIP Introductory Meeting on 16.02.2023 with Malik Tahir Javaid, Director, MGA at MGA Head Office, Kot Lakhpat, Lahore.
Award of Certifications to various SMEs at Quetta under handholding approach of CIP project. Ceremony held at QCCI, Quetta on 2nd December, 2022.
CIP Awareness session with honey Association at Sarhad Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Peshawar 30-6-2022
CIP Awareness session at Swabi Chambers of Commerce and Industry 29-06-2022
In Pakistan, there exist around 3.2 million SMEs out of which less than 5% units have any Certification System. However, unlike large enterprises in the formal sector, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are constrained by financial and other resources. This inherent characteristic of an (SMEs) makes it imperative that there should be a mechanism through which it may get support in business and human resource training & development.
Title of Project: Certification Incentive Programme for SMEs
under PQI Initiatives-2025.
Executing Agency: Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of Pakistan.
Capital Cost: Rs.800 million
Time Duration: 3 years
To provide incentive grants up to 2050 SMEs for adopting and implementing any certification system in the relevant areas of their business
To get the SMEs of Balochistan & less developed areas of Pakistan, Certified & Incentivized
To organize training programmes for SMEs & other Stakeholders in establishing & maintaining different certification systems
To improve competitiveness and sustainability of Pakistani Enterpreneurs/SMEs in global supply chain
Compliance to international standards on quality, environment, safety and social accountability has been universally recognized as one of the key strategic element of product competitiveness in both domestic and international markets, along with price and delivery factors. Quality is the pre-requisite for successful market access and for achieving continued customer satisfaction
In order to enhance exports and to be more competitive in the world market, it is imperative that a sound certification system for the recognition of credible products and services should start working and the relevant stakeholders should immediately strengthen their efforts in capacity building & implementing relevant certification systems
Rice, Wheat & Cereals etc.
Agriculture & Herbal Products
Health, Beauty & Cosmetics
Gems, Precious Stones, Jewellery
Surgical & Dental Devices/Instruments
Cutlery & Stainless-Steel Utensils
Inspection & Verification
Schemes of Certification / Accreditation under Certification Incentive Programme For SMEs
Energy Managment System (ISO 50001)
HALAL CERTIFICATION (PS 3733/ PS 4992)
GOOD MANUFACTURING PRACTICES (GMP)
PRODUCT CONFORMITY CERTIFICATION MARKS (LOCAL)
ISO 17020 (ACCREDITATION OF INSPECTION BODIES)
Integrated Certification (Combination of at least two Certifications, listed at S.No 1-3)
Product Conformity Certification Marks (Regional & International)
Sector Specific Code of Conduct (CoC)
ISO/TS 16949 (Auto Industry)
It is an all-Pakistan Programme / Scheme administered by Ministry of Science & Technology (MoST).
The incentive will be provided to the applicant SMEs only once upon certification of its choice.
An amount of Rs 0.1-0.4 Million per Certification per SME is earmarked under the Project
Adopting handholding approach for Certification & incentivization of SMEs of Balochistan and less developed areas of Pakistan
Intensive nationwide training programmes for the related certification schemes will be organized
Criteria for approving Certification Bodies (CB) for reimbursement of certification grant to SMEs:
It is an all Pakistan Programme / Scheme administered by Ministry of Science & Technology (MoST).
The permanent registered Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs)/ units are eligible to avail the Incentive Scheme.
Only those SMEs will be eligible for the incentive grant who fall within the definition as per the State Bank of Pakistan’s document “Revised Prudential Regulation for Small & Medium Enterprises (2016)” wherein SBP broadly categorizes the SMEs, one as Small Enterprises (SEs) with employment size up to 50, having annual sales turnover up to Rs.150.00 million, and the other as Medium Enterprises (MEs) with employment size from 51 to 250 (Manufacturing & Services Sector) and from 51 to 100 (Trading MEs), having annual sales turnover from Rs.150.00 million to Rs.800.00 million.
The Programme / Scheme is applicable to those Companies/ Firms /SMEs who have successfully implemented any certification scheme within the scope/ areas of the project.