Marble and Granite is the sixth largest mineral extracted, the other being Coal, Rock, Salt, Limestone and China Clay. Since 1990 mining and quarrying has consistently contributed 0.5% to the GDP and carries lot of potential in the future. According to industry estimates, 1.37 million tons of marble and granite were produced while 97% of it was consumed locally. Little efforts were made in the past to identify and estimate marble and granite reserves in Pakistan. Some of the reserves of marble and granite were however calculated with the efforts made by development projects and concerned departments.
Known reserves of marble and Granite in Pakistan are 160 Million Tons, while actual reserves could be manifold. These reserves are mostly concentrated in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, FATA and Baluchistan. Estimated reserves of Granite in Pakistan are 2 Billion Metric Ton, out of which 1.5 Billion Metric Tons are in Thar-Sindh.
Pakistan Stone Development Company (PASDEC) is not for profit organization, incorporated as public Ltd. Company under section 42 of the Companies Ordinance, 1984. PASDEC is established by Ministry of Industries & Production, Government of Pakistan as a subsidiary of Pakistan Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC).
PASDEC’s vision is “To make Pakistan globally competitive & socially responsible Player of the International Dimensional Stone Industry”. PASDEC is moving ahead on fast track to achieve assigned target for development of marble and granite sector of Pakistan. PASDEC short term goal is to develop Quarrying sector of Pakistan to reduce quarrying wastage from 85% to 45%.
• Raise Value Chain Productivity
• Investment in Workforce Development
• Export Marketing
• Promote Strategic Partnerships (J.V. & D.F.I.)
• Develop Industrial & Market Information
• Cluster Development
After introduction of modern technology in quarrying sector of Pakistan and due to demonstration effect of the model projects of PASDEC, quarry production will increase to a level of 2.5 million tons annually. This drastic increase of quarry production requires proper processing facilities in the country for value addition to earn foreign exchange for the country and to achieve export target of $ 2.4 billion till 2017. Planning commission has approved PC-1 of Rs. 1980 million for development of Model Quarries, Up-gradations, Machinery Pools, Common Facility and Training Centers (CFTC’s) & Warehouses.
Five Marble Cities projects of Karachi, Risalpur, FATA, Gaddani & Islamabad projects were initially approved by President and Prime Minster through bank barrowing where interest was supposed to be picked by GoP. Later on Marble City Chitral and Loralai were also included in this plan through PM Directives. PASDEC in this regard initiated these projects and presently land for Marble City FATA & Risalpur is acquired and significant development has been made on these projects.
The project is supported by the TVET Reform Support Programme, which is funded by the European Union, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Federal Republic of Germany and the Royal Norwegian Embassy, and has been commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is implementing this programme in close collaboration with the National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC).
Agha Shahid.N Khan
As Chairman Board of Directors (BoD) of Pakistan Stone Development Company I feel privileged to be given this all important task of developing Marble and Granite sector. I am also serving as Chairman of the advisory board and member of Board of Investment for Marble, Gems and Minerals mining sector of Pakistan.
The reality of sustainable development is a theme that affects all of us today. If attained, it brings prosperity through self sufficiency on one hand but on the other it demands high competitive alertness at all times. Letting your guard off any moment, slides down the graph rapidly.
There is nothing more precious than having raw material resources within a country to give a flying start to development activities that ultimately converts to competitive edge. An amazing reality of this sector is that stones are everywhere but the rarity of type and color makes one exclusive from the other.
Pakistan boasts certain stones that are extinct elsewhere, white marble, black granite, teak wood and onyx in white, green, yellow and red are to mention a few. There are huge reserves. Others available in various countries are also in abundance. However, having raw material alone will not make us competitive. It is the way we add value and meet international standards. Being a luxury product, it fetches huge margins but keeps one on toes at all times. So compromise on sustainable quality, delivery and quantity is not an option.
Pakistan had been too much preoccupied with serving local markets. Little has been done to produce high class international exporters. Individual efforts are commendable but too little to impact the economy.
In my capacity to lead PASDEC as Chairman, I am committed to pick up the thread and lead this sector to achieve desired results in the shortest possible time. My foremost objective is to turnaround effectively not only to make PASDEC sustainable in shortest possible time but to create a lasting impact on the economy.
Pakistan Stone Development Company's vision is "To make Pakistan globally competitive & socially responsible Player of the International Dimensional Stone Industry". Marble and Granite is an emerging and promising sector of Pakistan which has huge potential of investment, export and livelihood. It needs to transform into dimension stone industry through adopting mechanized quarrying techniques and value addition
The task of PASDEC since has been impressive. It has many dimensions; technology up gradation, skill development, social and economic uplift. Each facet has its own directives, revealing vast opportunities and linkages in many social economic areas. Provincial governments, aid agencies, both local and foreign and other government institutes and business concerns joined hands with PASDEC to reach out others of development through this generous and rich sector of Marble and Granite. They have been a constant source of reassurance for PASDEC. The company indeed holds a lot of promise and sustainability for growth that lay in waiting for thousands of years to be exploited and bear fruit for just as much time in future. PASDEC has fully taken the task of shouldering this responsibility and would not let any area of this sector go untapped.
It will be utilized to its full potential to benefit not only the present but all future generations.