Mar 13, 2000
Gillette launches Duracell®
Ultra for maximum performance
Gillette Pakistan introduced Duracell® Ultra, the first alkaline
battery specifically designed to meet the intense power requirements of today's
sophisticated electronics. The most powerful alkaline battery in the world in high-drain
devices, Duracell Ultra is offered in the full range of AA, AAA, C, D and 9 volt sizes.
Duracell Ultra provides consumers premium battery performance in a wide range of devices.
For example, new Duracell Ultra AA and AAA batteries last up to 80 per cent longer than
ordinary alkaline batteries in such power-demanding devices as digital cameras, and up to
60 per cent longer in flash cameras. In halogen flashlights, Duracell Ultra batteries last
up to three more hours and, in high-drain portable stereo players, Duracell Ultra
batteries last up to two more hours, when compared to ordinary alkaline batteries.
"The launch of Duracell Ultra in Pakistan is consistent with our
Company's commitment to provide premium-quality, innovative products to consumers,"
said Muhammed Amin, Chief Executive and General Manager, Gillette Pakistan Limited.
"With Duracell Ultra, Gillette has broken the boundaries of alkaline technology,
delivering to consumers peak performance and added value in response to their needs for
Improved Government Credibility will Increase Remittances
The freezing of foreign currency accounts in 1998, is one of the key
factors contributing to the progressive decline in the inward remittances. This was
identified by the participants of a roundtable held on "The role of remittances in
the economic turnaround of Pakistan". The roundtable was organized by TCS and was
attended by a cross section of senior bankers, educationists, eminent journalists, stock
market representatives and corporate leaders. Khalid N. Awan, chairman of TCS hosted the
roundtable while senior management consultant and educationist, Dr. Junaid Ahmed conducted
The complicated and inefficient legal modes of banks for remitting
money from abroad is yet another major deterrent in channeling remittances into the
national exchequer. Participants also unanimously agreed that an attractive environment in
the country and competitive investment products by private and public sector institutions
are required to mobilize the savings of Non Resident Pakistanis (NRPs).
Rimula C Anti-Counterfeit Campaign First Trade Draw
The country's leading lubricant company, Shell Pakistan Limited held
the first draw of its Rimula C anti- counterfeit promotion for trade in Karachi recently.
The promotional campaign forms an integral part of Shell Pakistan's dedicated efforts to
curb the sale of spurious and counterfeit diesel engine oils in the country.
When purchasing a Rimula C pack, a customer merely has to ensure that
the number on the pack is identical to the one on the cap. This guarantees that the oil is
genuine Rimula C.
The first draw was held in Karachi; Mr. Ayaz Bukhari, Retail Manager,
and Mr. Quentin De Silva, Commercial Manager, Shell Pakistan Limited, drew the winning
numbers. The prizes included, an air ticket for Umra, colour television sets, a dinner set
and wrist watches.
The Rimula C anti- counterfeit campaign includes two more draws on
March 25 and April 25, and finally a grand draw will be held on May 30, 2000 in which one
lucky number will win a grand prize of Rs 100,000 in cash.
The prize scheme has drawn a lot of interest and popularity, and major
Rimula C dealers, alongwith numerous other vendors have participated actively.
A view of the MoU being signed between NBP and Supernet at the NBP
headoffice in Karachi to improve utilities bill collection services. Signing the agreement
are Mohammadmian Soomro, President NBP, (right) and Shahid Feroze, MD Supernet (left).
Subway kicked off the Millennium with the opening of their 14, 174th
outlet in the heart of Pakistan's financial centre I. I. Chundrigar road. This is the
second outlet in Pakistan after the first one, which opened in Zamzama,
The bright yellow colored Subway outlet, sandwiched amongst the dark
coloured buildings brings a refreshing change to the atmosphere of I.I.Chundrigar Road.
Moreover Subway offers a great many alternatives with 17 types of sandwiches and salads.
The executives, young and old alike, who are pressed for time and
looking for a large variety of tasty, healthy, and quick meals, will find that Subway is
the place for them. Very shortly, the delivery service will also be starting.
The opening party of Subway's new outlet at I. I. Chundrigar Road was a
pleasant affair with the Consul General of the United States of America Mr. John E.
Bennett as their Honorable Chief Guest. The turnover was impressive to say the least, with
bankers, businessmen and people from the media present.
But this is just the beginning, because Subway would now be vigorously
expanding its operations by selling franchises to qualified entrepreneurs.
The Consul General of the USA enjoying the sandwich.
"WHAT MAKES AN EFFECTIVE MANAGER"
A Seminar at AMI
The stage was set on the night of 23rd February 2000 for one of the
grandest seminar to be held by an institution in Karachi The venue was the elegant campus
of the Asian Management Institute, a constitute of Iqra University. The theme of seminar
was what "Makes an Effective Manager". The seminar was arranged by Management
Society of the Business Administration Department. Due to the attractiveness of the theme
and the reputation of AMI, the seminar drew an impressive crowd of over 300 participants
More than half of those was member of corporate world.
The three hour session that started at 6:30 p.m. and ended at 9:30 p.m.
the syllabus for the occasion were
Zubari - Ex-Director Marketing, Boots
Mr. Navroz Surani- Director Personnel - Aga Khan University.
Mr. Masood Anwar Shah - Director Marketing IBA
Mr. Fasih-UI-Karim Siddiqui Director Hinopak Motors
Mr. Uzma Bashir Director Finance & Administration Interpid
Construction Co. Ltd
Prof Fazle Hassan Dean Director AMI- Iqra University
The event commenced with
an introduction by Syed Kamran Hyder (Executive Committee Member) and Fatima Iqbal (Joint
Sectratery). The first speaker was Mr. Rasheed Zubari who emphasized on the different
qualities of an effective manager. He began with complimenting Prof S. Fazle Hassan for
confirming the IBA tradition of starting on time at AMI and stated that time management is
the first step towards becoming an effective manages. He then describes different
motivational factors of an effective manager. He concluded with formula for an effective
manager, which in his words is, Knowledge* Commitment* Attitude* Skill* Effort.
Mr. Navroz Surani then spoke on the challenges of Business in the 21st
century. He stressed on the difference between the manager and effective manager and
stated the 10 golden rules of an effective management.
Mr. Massod Anwar Shah Director Marketing IBA then took over. His topic
covered the different types of Skills an effective manager should possess. He linked the
importance of knowledge in developing skills and it's subsequent impact on an effective
manager. He incorporated real life situation to emphasise his points.
Mr. Fasih-UI-Karim next, separated each letter of the word Manager to
drive the inherent meaning of what qualities a manager should possess. He also separated
people into 3 categories, namely worker, manager and leaders. He focused on explaining how
each of them is efficient.
Ms.Uzma Bashir next explained the core difference between a leader and
The next speaker Mr. Rameez Allawala stole the show his dynamic and
extremely entertaining speech covered a broad range of topics like leadership issues,
management abilities, empathy and sympathy, empowerment etc. He also strongly stressed
upon improving oneself to be a more effective manager.
The last speaker of the evening was Professor Syed Fazle Hassan Dean
& Director of AMI. His speech summarized nearly all the points stated by the previous
speakers and stressed on attitude as being one of the most important factors in reaching
Question and answer session followed the speeches with the audience
taking the initiatives to inter act one to one with the speakr and learn from their
experiences. After the question and answer session the Dean & Director presented the
guest speakr commemorative plaques.
Mr. Habib Iqbal Mundrawala, President Management Society AMI- Iqra
University, then presented his vote of thanks speech. After the concluding speech, the
guests were treated to a gourmet dinner and guided tour of campus.
In our issue No. 10, page No 37 and 38, group photo of signing of MoU
between Dewan Farooque Motors Ltd and Shell Pakistan Ltd was inadvertently repeated
instead of Chairman BOP and Governor State Bank of Pakistan. This mistake is highly
The Chairman BOP Mr. Tariq Sultan presented a shield to the Governor
State Bank of Pakistan Dr. Ishrat Hussain as a momento of his visit to the Bank.
Investco the pioneers of open-end spinning in Pakistan
Investco was established in the 70s as a family business with a
reputable background of experience in textile.
Investco introduced and successfully put into operation the first plant
of Open-End machines in Pakistan in 1974. Since then over 700 machines have been runing
successfully. Investco provides the total infrastructufre of Sales, Service and Spare
Investco is now associated with Elitex A.S. of Saurer Group whoare also
the pioneers of OE spinning machines. Investco's solid experience, expertise, know-how and
well established infrastucture as well as the high level of trust and reputation in
Pakistan gives it the edge to compete effectively and successfully. At present, the latest
range of machines are available - Automated as well as Semi-Automated. All these machines
are top-of-the-line and manufactured with state-of-the-art technology. From the 70s into
the next millennium, Investco steps into the future with confidence.
Investco also represents other manufacturers of Socks Knitting,
Weaving and Power Generation, etc.
Muhammad Arif of Investco hosted a luncheon to meet Mr. Jaroslav Olsa,
Consul General of the Czech Republic and Mr. Jiri Kudrna, Attache. Seen in the photograph
are (left to right) Muhammad Arif, J. Kudrna. Ashrat w. Tabani, J. Olsa, T. Patochka or
Jablonex, L. Franke or Elitex OE Spinning, (Saurer Group) J. Skara, J. Dittrich and M.
Vinopal of Skoda Diesel Internatonal (Gen Sets).
Collectorate of customs Lahore surpasses the budgetary targets
The collected of Customs, Lahore collected Rs. 43.40 million during
February, 2000 against the target fixed at Rs. 540,00 million the central Board of
Revenue, for the same month showing an increase of Rs. 3.4 million or (+) 1% and Rs.
125.78 million or (+) 30% when compared with February, 1999, the collection of which was
Rs. 417.60 million. Progressive collection of Customs duties during July, 1999 February,
2000 stood at Rs. 4657.08 million as against collection of Rs. 3879.14 million collected
during the same period of last year, showing an increase of Rs. 777.94 million or (+) 20%.
A target of Rs. 42.75 million was allocated to the Collectorate for July, 1999 February,
2000 whereas the Collectorate has not only achieved the assigned target out also surpassed
the same by Rs. 382.08 million.
The Amnesty Scheme announced by the Federal Government has attracted a
large number of owners of non-duty paid vehicles plying on roads and more than 476 vehicle
have been so far regularized and Rs. 106 million have been added to the national exchequer
in terms of duty and taxes. Most of the non-duty paid vehicles included Toyota Corolla
Cars, Charade, Starlet, and Nissan of Models ranging from 1980-1990 and one Mercedes Benz
of Model 1990. The luxury vehicles were not presented as the incidence of duty and taxes
is still too high on them. The Collectorate of Customs Lahore, has established a special
car assessment cell at the NLC Dryport, Lahore where the transparent system of car
assessment cell is going on smoothly and same day clearance facility is being extended to
the owners of non-duty paid vehicles. The Collector of Customs, Mr. Aftab Anwar Baloch and
Deputy Collector of Customs Dr. Asif Mehmood Jah has requested all law abiding citizens to
come forward and regularize the non-duty vehicles, if they had nay, under the Amnesty
Scheme, a special crackdown will be launched after 15th March, 2000 and all non-duty paid
vehicles will into only be seized but confiscated outright, the Collector Customs warned.
The Anti-smuggling Organization of this Collectorate also made 33
seizures of contraband goods during the month of February, 2000 valuing Rs. 26.90 million
as compared to 12 cases valuing Rs. 7.13 million made during the corresponding month of
the last fiscal year. Most of the seized goods comprises of Art Silk Cloth, Dry Battery
Cells, Lead Pencils, Ball Bearings, Plastic Beads and gold etc. During July-February, 2000
the total number of seizures made by the Anti-smuggling Organization of this Collectorate
was 185 valuing Rs. 110.517 million as compared to 113 cases valuing Rs. 56.47 million
during the corresponding period of the last fiscal year.
Advertisers launch new Media Charters
The World Federation of Advertisers (WFA) has today launched its Media
Charter for all advertisers, setting out key principles which all parties should follow
when planning & buying media space and time. Its aim is to promote a framework to
increase the effectiveness and efficiency of media as vehicles for commercial
The Charter has been agreed by the WFA Media Committee, led by Bernhard
Glock of Procter & Gamble, after detailed discussions with advertisers and their
national associations. The World Federation of Advertisers believes the principles apply
in all countries.
Key points for what advertisers seek
Unimpeded and unrestricted access to all available media
Messages to be planned in the right media at the right moment to reach
the agreed targets
Freedom to advertise all legal goods and services without restrictions
The right to challenge regulations which restrain the freedom to buy
Mutual recoglution, so ads that meet rules in one country can be
broadcast to others
Effective self-regulation within a meaningful legal framework
The WFA Media Charter also sets best practices on transparency,
confidentiality, media research, circulation audits, agency remuneration and TV audience
measurement. Proposals for setting up a Joint Industry Committee (JIC) to ensure fair
monitoring of industry research are also included, and a section on digital and
interactive media. Pakistan, through the Pakistan Advertisers Society is a member of the
World Federation of Advertisers since 1998.
Karachi Industrial Association
Representatives of 14000 industries situated in Karachi attended an
emergent meeting called by Mr. Farooq Bakaly, Chairman, Council of Karachi's Industrial
Associations, a joint body of five prominent industrial associations namely SITE
Association of Industry, Korangi Association of Trade & Industry, Landhi Association
of Trade & Industry, F.B. Area Association of Trade & Industry and North Karachi
Association of Trade & Industry, and vehemently opposed the move by the Utility
Agencies of charging the consumers for change of name on utility bills required by CBR for
The representatives criticized the attitude of utility agencies,
particularly KESC and said that these agencies are using the imposition of GST on utility
bills as leverage and pressurizing the bulk consumers particularly industrialists to pay
Security Deposit equivalent to two and half month of energy bills which is totally
unjustified as this is the requirement of CBR and not of the consumers. CBR had imposed
15% on utility bills with the condition that consumers could claim the same as input on
monthly basis subject to the condition that the claimant is registered with Sales Tax and
it Registration No is printed on the bills. KESC is demanding huge charges for printing
the name and registration no. on the utility bills.
It will be pertinent to mention here that in certain cases, the charges
of Security Deposit is in excess of rupees five million and the industries are not in a
position to pay this. KESC already has security deposits and has been providing
electricity irrespective of the fact whosoever is the actual consumer.