It is a great honor for me and for my team to welcome you, Mr. Prime Minister and all the distinguished guests, to the Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony of the Ministry of Science & Technology Building Complex. Honorable Prime Minister, I am extremely grateful to you for gracing this occasion despite your busy schedule. Your presence indicates your interest in, and commitment to Science and Technology. I am also grateful to all the distinguished guests for sparing their valuable time to be with us at this happy occasion. The new Ministry of Science & Technology building will be located in the midst of our other S&T Institutions in this place facing the Constitution Avenue. The MoST building, when completed, would accommodate the Ministry as well as some of its organizations that are currently housed in rented buildings. Consequently, we will be saving more than Rs.36 million annually on rental payment as well as enormous precious working time will be saved. Also with PCSIR, PSF, PCST, PAS, already in the same compound or in the vicinity, coordination with its organizations as well as with its important international organizations such as COMSTECH and COMSATS, will be greatly facilitated.