FAISALABAD: President Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FCCI) Engineer Rizwan Ashraf has said that foundry is the second largest sector of our local industry after textile and needs immediate steps for its up gradation to bring it at par with international standards. He was addressing an introductory sitting in connection with 5th International Foundry Congress and Exhibition to be held at Lahore under the auspices of Pakistan Foundry Association. Engr. Rizwan termed metallurgy as mother of the industrial sector and said that Pakistan lags far behind in this sector and we must make immediate, result-oriented and conscious efforts for its planned and scientific development. He said that most of the spare parts of textile machinery are being cast in local foundries while this sector has also played an important role in the manufacturing of agricultural appliances that helped Pakistan to increase its farm production. However serious efforts have yet not been made to develop foundries on modern lines in addition to resolving its problems confronted by this energy intensive sector. The President FCCI welcomed the organization of 5th International Foundry Congress and Exhibition and urged upon the foundry owners and its workers to attend this event to update their knowledge in addition to sharing the success stories of some leading foundries of Pakistan. Asam Qadri secretary-general PFA also briefed the participants of this sitting and explained the salient features of the international event. He said that governor Punjab Chaudhary Muhammad Sarwar will be the chief guest of the inaugural session of this congress to be held in Lahore. He said that we will focus on the local success stories instead of concentrating on international developments in this specific field. “It will help relevant participants to easily understand and replicate the steps taken by other local foundry owners. He said that 20-25 research papers would be read out in this congress while ambassadors and high commissioners of Germany, Holland, Italy, Indian and some African counties have also been invited to chair different technical sessions. He said that a dedicated sitting has been scheduled on energy saving by the foundry industry to share their experiences with other Pakistani brethrens. Munir Ahmed senior consultant on foundry and Jaleel Ahmed Malik chairman FCCI standing committee on Foundry Industry also addressed the sitting.