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Uber Airlifts Trophy of Pakistan’s Biggest Cricket Gala

In a bid to promote the upcoming third edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL), the tournament’s trophy was airlifted in an Uber chopper from Atlantis Lounge to Me’aseim, Dubai. This initiative highlights Uber’s commitment as PSL’s official transport partner.

As the trophy touched down in Me’aseim, captains of all six PSL teams transported the trophy via Uber to Dubai International Cricket Stadium, where Darren Sammy, Captain of Peshawar Zalmi unveiled the trophy to the media.

Talking about the initiative to airlift the PSL trophy to Dubai, Safee Shah, GM – Uber Pakistan, said, “As partners of the upcoming edition of PSL, we believe it is our duty to fully support this wonderful initiative as it ignites the love for the game amongst Pakistanis. As the official transport partner of PSL, we at Uber are looking forward to deliver an ultimate experience to fans with safe and reliable rides.”

PSL has played a huge role in bringing cricket back to Pakistan and Uber is supporting the third edition to ensure it becomes a bigger success. As the cricket fever takes over the nation, the global smartphone app that seamlessly connects riders to drivers in more than 600 cities worldwide is ready to showcase its love for the game through various promotions and offers.

After being announced as PSL 2018’s official transportation partner, Uber kicked off its #HoJaoUnstoppable campaign by bringing together Darren Sammy, Pakistan fast bowling sensation Hasan Ali and International Women Cricketer from Pakistan, Kainaat Imtiaz in an engaging anthem to promote its affiliation with the tournament.

Moreover, Uber plans to send some of their top driver partners and riders in Pakistan through a treasure hunt program to watch PSL 2018 live in Dubai. There are promo codes, mystery bags with cricket-themed goodies, match tickets and all-expense paid trip to Dubai if you take a ride with Uber in the coming week.

TPL and Pakistanis mapping Pakistan together!

TPL Maps – Pakistan first digital mapping solution, in its urge to remain one step ahead in providing innovative solutions to its consumer base, recently launched the first phase of an interactive campaign named Map My Pakistan.

The six-week competition went viral on Facebook during December and January. Thousands of TPL Maps app users were busy adding points of interest (locations or POIs) as they drove to school, office, their favorite restaurant or the mall. Although the excitement behind winning the ’Map My Pakistan’ competition was over the Samsung mobile phones reserved for the top 5 winners; all competitors were part of a much bigger initiative – to join TPL Maps in its journey to map Pakistan and putting our country on the global digital map.

The crowd sourcing campaign encourages TPL Maps users to add locations on the app and join TPL Maps’ team to achieve their objective of over 10 million POIs mapped on the country’s very own navigation app – something which is not possible without the people of Pakistan! With the competition, challengers across Pakistan collectively grew TPL Maps’ data base by over twenty thousand verified points of interest in a period of just six weeks! The top 5 lucky winners have been announced and the much deserved Samsung mobile phones have been sent to the winners! In order to keep the mapping journey going strong, the top 50 participants will be getting exciting gadgets and giveaways from the company as well.

Competition or no competition, the drive to map Pakistan is always on! To join us in this important journey, all you need to do is download the app via Play or App store, create an account, have your email verified and you’re set to add locations on the TPL Maps app!

This officially completes the pilot phase of the campaign; with many more similar competitions and interactive campaigns in the pipeline, download TPL Maps now to play your part in mapping Pakistan! The app is available for free on Play and App store.

Adeel Hashmi, Head of TPL Maps, sharing his thoughts on the campaign said, “Map My Pakistan is not only a hashtag trend, it defines who we are. Our vision is to comprehensively map every nook and corner of Pakistan and we have invested a lot of time and resources in executing this task. The digital map will substantially pave the way for e-commerce rise, as it will also assist new startups in the country, which will only help to further strengthen the economy. To complete this mammoth task, we require the support of the people of Pakistan to help us in bringing our country up to speed with the global digital transformation.

TPL Maps has the largest location database with over 250+ cities, 3.2 million geo coded addresses and over 300,000+ KM of road networks mapped across Pakistan, becoming the first indigenous digital mapping company of Pakistan, providing free services licensed by Survey of Pakistan.

TPL Maps has been resolute to bring the most innovative, localized location based services & solutions for its consumers in Pakistan. While it constantly updates its data within the mapping and navigations service, it also offers the largest geocoded dataset and smart search amongst a host of other features.

Pakistani students to compete in make the future Singapore

Make the Future Singapore, a free festival of bright energy ideas and innovations for Asia, will take place at Singapore’s Changi Exhibition Centre from March 8 to 11, 2018. Returning to Singapore for a second year, the public festival will be a platform for conversation, collaboration and innovation around the global energy challenge: how to generate more energy, while producing less CO2 emissions.

At Make the Future Singapore, virtual reality and hands-on experiences will take visitors on a journey to explore bright ideas from around Asia, see what is happening now to power our world and get a glimpse of what the future of energy might look like. They will be able to discover what it’s like to generate electrical energy by dancing, play interactive games, build and race mini saltwater cars, and meet young scientists and energy start-ups.

Headlining the festival is Shell Eco-marathon Asia, where over 120 student teams from 18 countries across Asia Pacific and the Middle East will put their self-built energy-efficient cars to the test. One of the world’s longest-running student competitions, Shell Eco-marathon is a global programme that challenges bright student minds to design and build ultra-energy-efficient cars, and then put them to the test in competition.

Pakistan will again be participating in Shell Eco-marathon Asia, with a contingent of 10 futuristic cars from 07 universities competing to be the most energy-efficient. Some of the teams participating are:

Team Urban Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute, category: Urban Concept ICE (Gasoline), Team Innova, University Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences, category: Urban Concept Vehicle, Team Mech the Tech, Air University, category: Battery Electric, while two Teams participating from National University of Sciences & Technology, Karachi include PNEC-NUST-URBAN, and PNEC-NUST-PROTOTYPE, in the Gasoline and Battery Electric category respectively.

Shell Eco-marathon Asia will include two key competitions this year. The longest running competition is the Mileage Challenge where teams compete to travel the farthest on the least amount of fuel. In 2017, the winning team of the Asian leg was efficient enough to travel 2,289 kilometres – the distance from Singapore to Chiang Mai, Thailand – on just one litre of fuel!

The second Shell Eco-marathon competition to take place this year in Singapore is Drivers’ World Championship Asia. Introduced to the Shell Eco-marathon programme in 2016, Drivers’ World Championship challenges the best Urban Concept teams to combine the proven energy efficiency of their car with the speed and skill of their driver, in a race to see who can cross the finish line first on the least amount of fuel.

For the first time, Shell Eco-marathon Asia will welcome entrants from Kazakhstan, which will be represented by two universities. Students from Kazakhstan National Technical University will compete with a unique ethanol-powered car designed to perform under extreme weather and temperature conditions, mirroring Kazakhstan’s diverse climate which ranges from -40C in winter to +40C in summer.

SalamAir initiates flights to Multan

Securing final clearances from the Pakistani aviation authorities, SalamAir, Oman’s first budget airline, is scheduled to operate three direct flights to Multan starting February 9th, 2018. Guests can now book their tickets on SalamAir.com for just PKR 25,000 return or visit the local office of SalamAir, operated by their local partner group, Gerry’s!

As SalamAir’s 3rd destination in Pakistan, Multan will complement the airline’s current flights to Sialkot and Karachi. The new route will also further increase connectivity between the two countries, as well as the region. The weekly flights are set to take-off at 23:55 from Muscat, arriving in Multan at 3:30. The return flights will depart from Multan at 4:50 arriving in Muscat at 6:35.

Captain Mohamed Ahmed, CEO of SalamAir, said: “The addition of Multan to our destinations will allow us to better serve our guests, and cater to rising number of business and leisure travelers. The Pakistani community makes up about 13% of the local expatriates working in Oman, it is therefore no surprise that this route has been one of the highest in demand. We have worked very hard with the authorities to ensure that our flight timings will allow our guests to conveniently connect to other destinations including Dubai, Doha, Jeddah and Salalah via Muscat.”

He added: “We are proud to have become the preferred airline for Pakistanis travelling for Umrah. In just a few months, we have flown over 30,000 passengers to and from Pakistan and that is only the beginning. We have bigger plans ahead.”

The CEO went on to explain that SalamAir is exploring other underserved destinations in Pakistan including Islamabad, Lahore and Faisalabad, as well as increasing its flight frequencies on current routes. Since its launch, SalamAir has been committed to connect the region by adopting an ’only pay for what you need’ low-cost business model. As its destination network continues to expand, the airline will remain focused on following its customer-centric philosophy, serving the needs its guests on popular short to medium-haul routes. With the addition of Multan, SalamAir’s network today also includes Muscat, Salalah, Suhar, Doha, Dubai, Jeddah, Multan, Karachi and Sialkot.

SalamAir has partnered up with Gerry’s Group as their local partners and representatives in Pakistan to ensure smooth progression and growth as per the airline’s vision. Gerry’s is one of the oldest aviation concerns of the Country and the most trusted name in the travel trade domain of Pakistan!

PMEX Facilitates First Electronic Murabaha Transaction

Pakistan Mercantile Exchange Limited (PMEX), country’s only multi-commodity futures exchange, facilitated the electronic Murabaha transaction between Bank Alfalah and Meezan Bank on PMEX Shariah Compliant Trading platform (SCTP). Mr. G. M. Abbasi, Director, Islamic Banking, State Bank of Pakistan, Mr. Nauman Ansari, President & CEO, Bank Alfalah, Mr. Ejaz Ali Shah, Managing Director, PMEX and Syed Ali Sultan, Group Head, Treasury, Capital Markets & Financial Institutions, Bank Alfalah were present at the occasion.

NBP wins eight corporate social responsibility awards

National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) bagged eight awards at the two prestigious CSR Summit and Award ceremonies, organized in Karachi and Islamabad respectively.

Impressed by NBP’s vision and implementation of CSR activities, the two organizations; National Forum for Health and Environment (NFEH) and The Professionals Network (TPN) unanimously acknowledged NBP’s valuable contribution in diversified categories.

National Bank of Pakistan won a total of eight coveted awards, it bagged four awards at Islamabad in the variant categories, featuring sports and cultural support, cause advocacy and awareness campaign, best services in health and education, as well as the first of its kind category, ’Best CSR Manager of the Year’ which was also won by NBP during the seventh edition of International CSR Summit & Awards, and CSR Gallery jointly organized by The Professionals Network (TPN) and Ethical Business Update (EBU).

Mr. Ovais Asad Khan, EVP and Wing Head CSR received the award on behalf of the organization during a ceremony held in Islamabad on January 18, 2018. He said, “It is a great privilege to be recognized on such a dynamic platform, after being at the forefront of perpetual CSR efforts in Pakistan,” saying the recognition was yet another milestone for National Bank of Pakistan in its endeavor to enhance the quality of life for all.

Subsequently, NBP won four awards at the tenth edition of NFEH’s CSR Summit and Awards held in Karachi, within the categories of sports & recreational activities, corporate leadership, best CSR manager for the year 2017 as well as for women welfare, empowerment and development.

Governor Sindh Mr. Muhammad Zubair was invited as the chief guest at the 7th International CSR Summit, Awards and CSR Gallery and distributed awards amongst winners in various categories in Karachi on January 25, 2018.

NBP Pasts After-tax Profit of Rs. 23.03 Billion

Meeting of the Board of Directors (BoD) of National Bank of Pakistan (Bank) was held on February 20, 2018 at the Bankís Head Office in Karachi. The BoD approved the financial statements of the Bank for the year ended December 31, 2017.

Maintaining its position in the industry, the Bank reported highest ever profit after tax numbers in its 69 years history. Despite a generally difficult year for the banking industry, NBP recorded an overall positive performance. Operating income of the Bank for the year amounted to Rs. 85.3 billion (2016: Rs. 84.8 billion). While net interest / mark-up income amounted to Rs. 54.3 billion (2016: Rs. 54.8 billion); a 3.7% growth was observed in non-interest / mark-up income which amounted to Rs. 31.1 billion.

After-tax profit amounted to Rs. 23.03 billion i.e. 1.2% higher against Rs. 22.75 billion for 2016. This translates into highest ever earnings per share of Rs. 10.82 (2016: Rs. 10.69). Bankís pre-tax profit amounted to Rs. 35.6 billion, 4.1% lower against Rs. 37.14 billion for prior year. Pre-tax and after-tax return on average equity were 29.0% and 18.7% (2016: 31.5% and 19.3%) respectively.

Healthy growth in balance sheet size was also recorded as the same reached to Rs. 2,370 billion depicting a 20 % growth YoY. Bank’s gross loans & advances increased by Rs. 75.5 billion reaching to Rs. 857 billion. A nominal growth of 1.16% only was observed in non-performing loans. Investment also increased by Rs. 72.4 billion and reached to Rs. 1,296 billion. Similarly Bankís deposits also increased by Rs. 69.8 billion and reached to Rs. 1,727 billion.

The Board deliberated at length whether or not cash dividend and / or bonus shares should be recommended. However, the likely impact of pension case, despite some positive signals, still remains a cause of concern. The first priority of BoD is to maintain continuity of Bankís business which is very much dependent upon the capital base of the Bank. The BoD is conscious of the fact that the shareholders look forward to receiving dividend. However, eventually it was considered more prudent to retain the profits for the time being and once the position becomes clearer and positive, the Bank may consider declaration of dividend at a later stage. Accordingly the BoD does not recommend any dividend for the year 2017.

The Bank has filed review petition against the judgement of the Supreme Court of Pakistan in the pension case and has also moved an application for constitution of a larger bench which has been accepted. Pending the decision of review petition, financial impact of the subject case has not been included in the financial statements as the Bank looks forward to a favourable outcome of the case.

NBP is continuously expanding its market outreach through adding to its product range, restructuring its business model, and adopting the modern-day delivery strategies. Provision of services through Alternate Delivery Channels and Customer Service Quality are now among top priorities of the Bank. During the year, Islamic Banking branches of the Bank increased from 118 to 169. With “AAA” credit rating, the Bank is a driving force in financial industry with its large distribution network domestic and international branches, and a wide range of products & services.

In order to address structural issues of the field management of the Bank, the BoD has approved restructuring of Commercial & Retail Banking Group set-up in the field by adopting a flat reporting system empowering the region & field management team and giving them distinct business targets to achieve better results. This has been in an area which needed attention for some time.

Momentum ‘18-The leading tech and startup conference & exhibition to start next week

In continuous efforts to serve the economic development of the nation and to create new platforms for the incumbent youth, Momentum is hosting a Startup conference and exhibition for technological entrepreneurs, on 19th and 20th of February 2018, at Expo Centre, Karachi.

The grand affair will be graced by thousands of attendees interacting with more than 300 startups who will showcase their innovative solutions, around 50 practicing professionals and entrepreneurs conducting relevant workshops and seminars on successful startups and survival as an entrepreneur.

Furthermore the participating startups will be able to pitch their proposals to more than 20 investors and various representatives from 20 incubators during the 2 day event.

Asif Jafri, Founding Member of Momentum said; “It is true that in our developing nation, the factor of risk management plays a crucial role and any new business or startup requires an executable plan. People have innovative ideas but are weak in implementation strategies that results in most startups failing in the initial years. Momentum focuses to bridge the gap under the theme of changing mindsets. We strive to do this by bringing together the experienced and inexperienced to lend a helping hand to the feeble feet of the youth of Pakistan through this platform.”

Momentum is a global startup community with a designated purpose of educating, inspiring and connecting entrepreneurs across Pakistan, who develop innovative ideas and work on disruptive technologies to solve problems and create a diverse knowledge platform for the economic growth of Pakistan.

The Founder and CEO, Syed Amir Jafri, stated: “The response from the first Momentum Conference has been heartwarming. We received huge appreciation from both the tech fraternity and startups for our efforts. This gave us the encouragement and motivation to ignite the 2nd edition of Momentum conference. Momentum í18 will be bigger and better this year. We will be hosting notable participants from the tech universe, to name a few: Google, IBM, Amazon, Facebook and Microsoft have all agreed to play an active role. A few of their delegates from these tech giants will be visiting Pakistan for the very first time. We hope their presence will help enlighten and boost the confidence of our youth to keep on working hard with zeal.”

Momentum is a one of a kind integrated platform designed for startups, mentors and advisors, incubators and accelerators, academics, mobile network giants, financial institutions, technological companies and stakeholders in Pakistan.

Momentum biggest tech and startup conference & exhibition begins

In continuous efforts to serve the economic development of Pakistan and creating new platforms for the budding youth, Momentum holds a two-day grand conference for technological entrepreneurs, on 19th and 20th of February 2018, at Expo Centre, Karachi. The event was inaugurated by Mr. Mohammad Zubair, Governor Sindh.

This year, in Momemntum ’18, more than 300 startups are participating from all over Pakistan, sharing their ideas and strategies. Around 50 practicing professionals and entrepreneurs are conducting interactive workshops and seminars on successful startups and survival as an entrepreneur in the two-day conference.

In line with the importance of startups, for the progression of any economy, Mohammad Zubair, Governor Sindh said, “I congratulate Momentum for empowering the youth of Pakistan through this initiative. Over universities are producing thousands of graduates every year, compared to limited vacancies in the job market. Personal ventures and startups are essential to utilize their abilities in a positive manner. The presence of international tech giants will prove meaningful for the participants. The government is ready to support startups by establishing further incubation centers across Pakistan in a bid to promote peace and a sustainable future.”

Renowned veterans from the world of technology will be teaming up to participate in the panel discussions, which aim to enlighten them with the current trends, challenges and solutions for the future of the sector in the country. The panel discussion will feature a set of important topics which include; Identifying the urge and need to invest in Pakistan in absence of exits, how great-women lead and inspire change, and the challenges and opportunities on offer from EdTech.

Furthermore the participating startups avail the exclusive chance of pitching their proposals to around 25 investors and multiple representatives from no less than 20 incubators during the meet and greet sessions.

Asif Jafri, Founding Member of Momentum said, “The IT industry of Pakistan is growing at a fast pace across different categories, though the factor of risk management plays a crucial role, as any new business or startup requires an executable plan. People have innovative ideas but are weak in implementation which strangles their dreams. Over 60% of our population is below 30 years of age, therefore the need of startups is crucial for generating new jobs. Through this platform, we aim to bring together the experienced and inexperienced to lend a helping hand towards the feeble feet of the youth of Pakistan. In a bid to bridge the gap under the theme of changing mindsets”

He further added, “The government of Pakistan is also playing its part in promoting startups by exempting them from 3 years of taxes. While National Incubation Centers have been established in Lahore, Islamabad and Peshawar and will very soon launch in Karachi.”

The Founder and CEO, Syed Amir Jafri, stated: “The response from the first Momentum Conference has been heartwarming. We received huge appreciation from both the tech fraternity and startups for our efforts. Contrary to the belief that startups only sprout in big cities like Karachi, we have a number of participants joining us from 19 small cities. We are honored to be hosting extremely noteworthy participants from the tech universe, to name a few we have representatives from Google, IBM, Amazon, Facebook and Microsoft. A few of these delegates are visiting Pakistan for the very first time. We hope their presence helps to enlighten and boost the confidence of our youth to continue working hard with zeal.”

Momentum is a global startup community with a designated purpose of educating, inspiring and connecting entrepreneurs across Pakistan, who have developed innovative ideas and worked on disruptive technologies to create a diverse knowledge platform for the economic growth of Pakistan.

The startups which present the most innovative and exclusive ideas, during the conference will be rewarded with a foreign based scholarship, along with a grand opportunity to engage with the investors from the global market.

MCB Bank and SBP organize conference to create awareness of International Trade and settlement in Yuan

MCB Bank, one of Pakistan’s largest & most innovative banks, organized a conference in collaboration with State Bank of Pakistan titled “Avenues and opportunities of International Trade and its settlement in CNY”. The conference was held at SBP premises in Karachi to update key stakeholders and MCB Bank customers on CNY (Chinese Yuan) trading and the support provided by SBP to facilitate CNY transactions in Pakistan.

The conference was initiated with a brief introduction to the topic by Mr. Amer Nazir Khan, Business Head Treasury Sales MCB and was followed by a presentation from Keynote Speaker Mr. Muhammad Ali Malik, Executive Director Financial Markets and Reserve Management SBP.

Mr. Malik underscored the strategic importance of trade between China and Pakistan and how the Central Banks of both countries were promoting the use of Chinese currency to settle trade transactions between the two countries. Answering questions raised by attendees, SBP and MCB representatives explained that customers should explore CNY denominated trade to determine the pricing advantage/ disadvantage in either currency and that it was quite likely that importers/exporters in China could give better pricing in CNY, as it was their home currency.

SBP also mentioned that it would provide support to Banks in terms of providing liquidity and competitive pricing if required for products such as FCY loans, discounting of export bills and forward booking in CNY. It was also elaborated that for LCs denominated in CNY, clients could book import forward in CNY/PKR as laid out in the SBP Foreign Exchange Manual. Event attendees greatly appreciated the efforts of MCB Bank and State Bank of Pakistan for organizing the event.

Khushhali Microfinance Bank’s Pre-tax profit increases by 40pc

Khushhali Microfinance Bank Limited (KMBL) posted its financial results for the year 2017 on 14 February 2018 in Islamabad, posting appreciable growth in bottom line, accompanied with a dividend of Rs 0.53/share. KMBL’s pre-tax profit of PKR 2.49 billion increased by 40% against last year’s profit of PKR 1.78 billion. The increase in profit results from continued growth in balance sheet and improved non-fund income.

The Bank maintains the largest network of 173 outlets and enjoys the largest market share in terms of loan portfolio, deposits and asset base in the micro-finance sector. Compared to last year, portfolio quality indicators also improved, with growth in loan book of 40% primarily led by the agriculture sector lending. The Bank deposits expanded appreciably by over 100% as compared to last year and a strong built up was seen in urban operations.

KMBL is majority owned by a consortium of investors including one of Pakistan’s largest commercial banks (UBL), and Blue Chip international investors with expertise in the Micro, Small & Medium Enterprise finance.

K-Electric supports 400 earthquake-affected families in Bela

Aimed at extending relief and assistance to the earthquake affectees of Bela, Balochistan, K-Electric has provided 400 families with packages of perishable food items.

Majeed Baloch, Chief Officer, Municipal Committee Bela said, “We appreciate KE’s quick response to the situation and provision of food items to the earthquake-affected community of Bela. We urge other organizations to also come forward and help in rehabilitation efforts.”

According to KE spokesperson, “KE stands with the people of Bela in their time of loss and grief. In an effort to provide immediate relief to affected families, we are channeling our contribution specifically for the provision of desperately needed food items in the area. This contribution is a manifestation of our CSR programme and commitment towards the citizens of our country.”

KE strives to provide timely assistance to the people affected by disasters. In the past, KE also supported the affectees of timber market incident, Baldia Factory, Abbas Town, Bolton Market and others. Moreover, the power utility under its Social Investment Programme (SIP) reaches around 3.9 million lives annually through 15 partners including SIUT, TCF, Indus Hospital, LRBT, The Kidney Center and SOS Children’s Village among others. Initiatives under SIP include facilitating education for the underprivileged; providing free or subsidized electricity to Karachi’s key educational and health institutions.

Jazz Smart School Program Launched to Impart Quality Education

In support of the Government’s Vision 2025, Jazz Foundation is set to use innovation in imparting education to 75 schools in the Federal Capital under its ’Jazz Smart School’ program. Launched in partnership with the Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) and the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE), the ’Jazz Smart School’ program introduces a smart learning solution to the traditional schooling system through a digital learning platform.

To implement this digital learning solution, the Telco has teamed up with Knowledge Platform, a Singapore based learning solutions company. Knowledge Platform provides the program with the digital learning platform, customized educational content, training and support, while Jazz Foundation has set up digital learning centers with hardware kits that include laptops, projectors, clickers, tablets, speakers, UPS and mobile broadband.

Speaking at the program’s launch event, Ali Naseer, Chief Corporate and Regulatory Affairs – Jazz, stated, ì35% of Pakistan’s population is under the age of 14, and we realize that if efforts are not made to improve access to quality education, the country will lag behind in an increasingly digital world. The Jazz Smart School program leverages our mobile broadband strength and other resources to give those in need the tools necessary for success.”

“After careful analysis of the program’s success in Islamabad, we will look to expand it nationwide, so more students can reap its benefits,” He further added.

Country Manager, Knowledge Platform, Talhah Munir Khan speaking about Knowledge Platform’s vision for education in Pakistan, said, “Educating our youth is a key responsibility we should all take seriously. Knowledge Platform provides quality learning solutions in a bid to modernize and improve how Pakistani students learn. To be successful in this endeavor, we all need to collaborate across sectors: public, private, non-governmental. It requires a concentrated effort of coming together on all our parts and I’m so pleased that this is beginning to happen.”

Director General of FDE, Hasnat Qureshi, added, “The Federal Directorate of Education is committed to ensuring that innovative learning methods are incorporated in our public schools to ensure that our youth, especially young women, can compete with students globally.”

State Minister of CADD, Dr. Tariq Fazal Chaudhry, talking about public-private partnerships, stated, “The Constitution mandates that the State shall provide education for all Pakistani children between the ages of 5-16 years. The government understands the challenges we face while trying to achieve this goal. However, initiatives such as the Jazz Smart Schools Program, and an increasing future emphasis on public-private partnership will surely propel us toward a brighter future for Pakistan.”

The program’s educational content includes digital textbooks, videos, practice material, interactive games, assessment and classroom activities. For each subject in a curriculum, the program begins by gathering inputs from multiple sources to create a catalog of mastery skills and for each skill, a learning video and an assessment is created.

To enhance teaching skills, the program offers training videos, a customized teacher training program and support of an online community. In-built performance dashboards increase accountability as parents and relevant stakeholders can monitor progress of schools, teachers and students on a daily basis through mobile applications.

The Jazz Foundation embodies Jazz’s core values in ensuring all sustainability initiatives are a practical display of ’innovation, truthfulness, collaboration, customer obsession and entrepreneurship.’ As part of the company’s sustainability strategy, all ongoing and future initiatives under the Foundation will follow the generic theme of empowering youth through technology – a part of Jazz’s group led (VEON) program, ’Make your Mark.’

Martin Dow presents IBA Career Fair 2018

Martin Dow was proud to partner with one of Pakistan’s leading business schools, the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), to present this year’s IBA Career Fair as their title sponsor. The event which is hosted by the IBA Alumni & Placement Society in collaboration with the IBA Career Development Centre saw more than 80 leading national and multinational organizations participating to make it the largest career fair in the Institute’s history.

Chairman, Martin Dow, Mr. Jawed Akhai said: “We are honored to have had the opportunity to be the title sponsor for IBA’s Career Fair. This fair not only provides students with the ideal environment to interact with various national and international companies but it also helps them in better figuring out their career paths.”

Representatives of various companies along with the IBA’s senior management attended the event including Acting Dean Dr. Sayeed Ghani, Associate Dean Dr. Huma Baqai, Patron of Alumni and Placement Society Mr. Jami Moiz and Head Alumni Affairs, External Relations and Resource Mobilization Ms. Malahat Awan.

The IBA Career Fair also serves as the perfect avenue for prospective employers to scout for the best talent and bring on board the best employees for their organizations. Currently, over 4000 students are enrolled in various disciplines at the IBA. The core strength of the IBA, having developed over 60 years of excellence, emanates from the 13000+ alumni who have graduated from the rolls of the Institute to date.

Martin Dow also had a stall set up at the event where students could interact with the team and find out about career opportunities. Dr. Muhammad Qamarul Hassan who is a pioneer and the leading expert on “Personality Type and Personality Type Based Performance Improvement Solutions” in the region was also present at Martin Dow’s stall to conduct personality tests for the students.

Having developed a state-of-the-art online portal, IBA’s Career Fair was the first paperless career fair of its kind, with all students and companies interacting through the digital medium for CV/Profile access and downloading capabilities. Other sponsors for the event included HBL as the Platinum Partner, Bogo as the Bronze Sponsor and Pepsi as Beverage Partners.

CVE Media Training and purazm Awards ceremony held

Pakistan Peace Collective a project of Federal Ministry of Information, Broadcasting, National History & Literary Heritage held PurAzm Awards Ceremony and Certificate Distribution 2018 at Information Services Academy Islamabad, this ceremony was also a closing day for a five day training workshop aimed at deeper understanding of the violent extremism and the role of media in countering it.

Mohsin Butt Deputy National Coordinator National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) graced the closing session of the workshop and awards ceremony, He stated that “Government of Pakistan is working on national narrative to confront violent extremism in all its forms. The Ministry of Information’s project “Pakistan Peace Collective” under which we all are here is initiated years back to address these issues though research and communication strategies.”

Participants to the training and winners to the awards ceremony were students, artists, journalists from all over the Pakistan respective to their regions, including Quetta, Karachi, Bahawalpur, Lahore, Malakand, Peshawar, Islamabad & Rawalpindi. Through the platform of PurAzm Pakistan, they not only got the opportunity to learn about media products but also shared it for competition on the subject of CVE (Countering Violent Extremism).

In Students’ training, throughout the different sessions, the trainers’ approach consistently relied on some local and international case studies including Mashal Khan Case, Malala’s Issue, Attack on Ariana Grande Concert Manchester UK and Quebec Mosque Attack Canada, were used to apply framing and propaganda models to existing and diversified contexts.

Whereas the winners of PurAzm Competition were awarded under the themes of Peace over Violence, Interfaith Harmony and Resilience against Violent Extremism in which they submitted products in the categories of Photographs, Short Films/ Documentaries/ News Packages, Text Stories and Digital Creative Content. In the video documentary category Ameer Hamza from BUITEMS Quetta got the first prize, Hassan Butt from UMT Lahore got the second and Fatima Riaz from Lahore College for Women University got third prize. In the category of Painting Saba Saeed from NCA Lahore got the first prize, Jamil Ayan got the second prize and Usman Khalid for third prize. NACTA also awarded one prize in the category of Posters and digital content, which Usama Ashfaq from NCA Rawalpindi got rewarded. In professional documentary Mr. Ejaz Ahmed Niazi received the award. In the category of News Package Qasim Shah from NEO NEWS got first prize, Ms. Sheeba GEO TV got second prize and Mr. Imran from Dunya News got third prize. In the category of Text stories Khadija Khan got first prize, Meimuna got third prize and Fazal Khaliq got third prize.

CEO JAZZ, Aamir Ibrahim appointed Head of Emerging Markets, VEON Group

VEON Ltd. (formerly VimpleCom the parent company of Jazz), announced today that Aamir Hafeez Ibrahim will replace Jon Eddy as the Head Emerging Markets (Algeria, Pakistan and Bangladesh) for VEON, while continuing as CEO of Jazz.

These changes mark a further step in implementing a leaner, more efficient corporate structure aimed at basing certain Group activities out of the local operations.

Aamir’s new responsibilities include overseeing VEON’s businesses in Algeria, Bangladesh and Pakistan while remaining CEO of Jazz, where he successfully executed the Mobilink and Warid integration and has demonstrated strong operational results.

Aamir has over two decades of international experience as a senior executive across multiple industries and has lived and worked in the United States, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Thailand, and the United Arab Emirates. Prior to joining Jazz, Aamir was a Senior Vice President at Telenor, where he led transformation and distribution initiatives across Asia. Aamir previously held senior leadership positions at Ford, Jaguar and Land Rover.

Aamir will now report directly to Jean-Yves Charlier, VEON’s Chief Executive Officer, and will be part of the company’s senior executive management team.

Commenting on the appointment, Jean-Yves Charlier, Chief Executive Officer of VEON, said: “Aamir has extensive international experience and a deep knowledge of his respective market. He currently heads one of the most successful operating companies in our portfolio and I look forward to his contributions in helping grow our core connectivity businesses and accelerating the pace of development of our digital strategy. This move also reflects the wider changes in our business as we draw on leaders who are closer to their markets, with the requisite experience to guide our businesses on a global level.”

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