The Alexandria, Virginia, USA-headquartered Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA) played an important role in helping to launch the Pakistan Cold Chain Development Company (PCCDC), which was officially introduced on June 11 at a ceremony in Lahore.
Nadeem Akbar Khan, chief executive officer of PCCDA, explained that the mission of the new organization is to provide the Pakistani cold storage and distribution sector with the latest information and consultation with the world’s leading experts regarding all aspects of refrigerated and frozen warehousing and transportation.
“This promises to be a substantial stride in improving the efficiency of existing cold chain facilities, as well as upgrading and establishing the essential practices of the cold chain,” he said. “PCCDC aims to promote modern state-of-the-art cold chain standards in all related industries in Pakistan.”
GCCA President Emeritus Bill Hudson added, “PCCDC is an excellent example of the partnership between the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), Winrock International and GCCA. It will have an enduring impact on the businesses, economy, and people of Pakistan. We look forward to our continuing work to build this association and supporting its leaders and members.”
Farrukh Mirza Baig, chief of party for the USDA-funded Pakistan Agricultural Cold Chain Development Project (PACCD), which helped create PCCDC, participated in the ceremony along with Malcolm David Norman, vice president of enterprise and agriculture group for Winrock International, which partnered with GCCA on the implementation of this USDA-funded project.