ANAKRA, 7 September 2011:  Senator Syeda Sughra Imam shall lead Pakistan delegation to the Friends of Democratic Pakistan (FoDP) workshop on institutional capacity building hosted by Turkey in Ankara from 8-9 September. The 12-member Pakistan delegation includes Member National Assembly of Pakistan Mr. Noor Alam Khan, Deputy Chairman Planning Commission Dr. Nadeem-ul-Haq, Chairman Higher Education Commission Dr. Javaid R. Laghari, Alternate Energy Development Board’s CEO Mr. Arif Alaudin, Chairman Pakistan Agricultural Research Council Dr. Iftikhar Ahmed, Advisor Higher Education Commission Syed Talat Khurshid, Dean of National School of Public Policy Dr. Sikandar Hayat, Commandant National Police Academy Syed Shabbir Ahmad and Director General of National Vocational & Technical Education Commission Mr. Tariq Shaif Chak. 

The workshop will have interactive sessions on energy, agriculture, democracy, governance, higher education, technical education, and security. Sectoral experts from FoDP member countries will attend the workshop.FoDP aims to support the strengthening of democracy in Pakistan as well as socio economic development in the country. The group was launched in New York on 26 September 2008 on the side lines of the United Nations General Assembly session. FoDP’s meetings, projects and activities are critical for Pakistan’s long-term socio-economic development.