Message from the Chairman

South Punjab Forest Company (SPFC) Chairman - Awais Ahmad Khan Leghari Being the Chairman of a prestigious organization that seeks to promote commercial forestry in South Punjab is a matter of pride for me. Hailing from South Punjab from an agriculturist-political family from D.G. Khan District, I fully acknowledge the investment potential South Punjab offers. I have always worked towards environmental conservation and sustainability, and the conservation of our natural habitats through a planned eco-based plantation program. Hence, as the Chairman of South Punjab Forest Company (SPFC), I'll strive towards a better environment for the generations to come.

It must be noted that Punjab with an area of 50.96 million acres has only 1.66 million acres of forests resources. Unfortunately, due to lack of investment and bad governance in the past, hundreds of thousands of acres of forest land has deteriorated into blank areas, which is not contributing in terms of revenue nor helping Pakistan improve its forest cover. The situation offers a golden opportunity to the private sector to promote sustainable forestry investments that will help to supply wood-based raw material to the industry, eventually reducing pressure on the existing forests and narrowing the budget deficit.

SPFC aims to seek private investments in the forestry sector across five districts of South Punjab which include Bahawalpur, Rahim Yar Khan, Rajanpur, Muzaffargarh and D.G. Khan. Through Public Private Partnership (PPP) model, SPFC will help to curb deforestation in Punjab and promote sustainable economic development at large. Most importantly, SPFC will create green jobs and provide sustainable farmed wood to the industry, thus contributing to the GDP.

Furthermore, SPFC aims to address any environmental concerns, while aspiring for a sustainable future.

I wish SPFC all the best in future endeavors.

Sardar Awais Ahmed Khan Leghari