MIRPUR: (Parliament Times) Local business community elder Ch. Muhammad Shafiq, Secretary General Mirpur (Azad Jammu & Kashmir) Chamber of Commerce & Industry has been elected as Finance Secretary of Pakistan – US Alumni Network (PUAN) AJK Chapter, it was officially said here on Saturday.
PUAN, an association of U.S. exchange alumni, stands with firm commitment to making meaningful contributions to Pakistan through community service, conferences, mentoring future generations, and reaching out to inspire and recruit new exchange participants. All current and former Pakistani participants of U.S. federal government-sponsored exchange programs are eligible to become members of PUAN, an authorised office bearer of the network said while unveiling results of the election to the office bearers of the organization.
Ch. Muhammad Shafiq SG MCCI-AJKCCI participated in Special American Business Internship Training (SABIT) on “Franchising for Pakistan” on 14-22, June 2014 in New York USA. He became member of PUAN in 2014. From 2016 he is serving as Executive Member of PUAN AJK Chapter.
The PUAN network is jointly administered by the U.S. Embassy and the United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP).
The network is one of the largest and most active USG exchange alumni networks in the world, with more than 22,000 registered members and 12 local chapters throughout Pakistan. Active alumni chapters are located in the following cities/regions. Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), Bahwalpur, Quetta, Gwadar, Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), Islamabad-Rawalpindi, Jamshoro, Karachi, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) / Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA), Lahore, Multan, Sukher.
The sources underlined that the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad is responsible for supervising the Alumni for the AJK, GB and Islamabad-Rawalpindi chapters. U.S, Consulate in Lahore covers the Bahwalpur, Lahore and Multan chapters, while the U.S. Consulate in Karachi covers the Baluchistan, Karachi, Jamshoro and Sukkur chapters. U.S. Consulate Peshawar covers the KP/FATA chapter.