Apr 03, 2000
AMERICAN EXPRESS SENIOR MANAGEMENT VISIT TO PAKISTAN
Mr. John Chia, General Manager, American Express Travelers Cheque Group
for Japan, Pacific Asia and Australia is visiting Pakistan in the last week of March,
2000. During his stay in Karachi he will be meeting prominent bankers from both private
and foreign banks and will be discussing matters of mutual interest.
Mr. John Chia is a chartered accountant by profession and has a varied
top management international experience starting from Coopers and Lybrand accounting firm
to Duracell Australia to Sema Group Asia Pacific in Singapore.
Mr. Chia's visit to Pakistan will build on the partnership with key
banks in the public and private sector. Mr. Chia is also keen to explore new ways of
marketing the TC product to the end consumer and grow the travelers Cheques business.
Next 20 years of computing
Intel Corporation's Dr. David Tennenhouse, vice president and director
of research, delivered the opening keynote speech at Intel's Computing Continuum
Conference, a landmark gathering of 500 attendees from research, academia and industry who
met to present and exchange ideas about the future of computing. In his keynote speech,
Tennenhouse explained that the computing industry is approaching the point at which the
number of networked interactive computers will surpass the number of people in the world.
Tennenhouse urged the research community to lift its sights toward the next quantum leap
in capability, which will occur once networked computers outnumber human beings by
hundreds or thousands to one, and craft a research agenda that can lead to increased human
productivity and quality of life.
Tennenhouse projected that in the year 2000 the industry will produce
eight billion microcomputers, more than 95 per cent of which will be embedded into objects
such as equipment, buildings, machinery, cars and clothing.
The Computer Continuum Conference is sponsored by Intel in association
with the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). Intel, the world's largest chip maker,
is also a leading manufacturer of computer, networking and communication products.
SZABIST among IBP essay competition winners
Syed Asad Hussain, Research Consultant and Senior Faculty Member at
Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (SZABIST) has been awarded
2nd Prize of Rs. 80,000/- for his essay on "The Year 2000 Issue and its Impact on the
Economy" organized by the Institute of Bankers, Pakistan. While 1st prize of Rs.
110,000/- and 3rd prize of Rs. 55,000/- gone to Ms Naheed Aslam of Askari Commercial Bank
Ltd and Mr Ghazanfar Azzam of Prime Commercial Bank Ltd respectively. SZABIST was only the
academic institution among winners. Dr Ishrat Hussain, Governor State Bank of Pakistan
distributed the prizes.
BITS Club, IBA Announces a Website DESIGning competition
BITS Club & Center of Computer Studies, IBA is actively involved in
promoting Business & IT related activities among IBA students, business world and
In order to create the awareness about the importance of E-Commerce and
to promote the use of Internet as a powerful marketing and business tool, the BITS club at
CCS has planned a series of events that include:
Internal IBA Website Designing Competition
All Karachi Website Designing Competition
Training workshops on website designing and Internet
Seminars on Internet and E-Business related topics
International Conference on Challenges of E-Commerce
The first event of this series is the website competition, for the
students of IBA, organized by the IT Society of BITS Club. The event aimed to test and
enhance the website designing skills, creativity and innovativencess of the students. The
participants of the event are required to design a website on the basis of one of the two
themes provided by the organizers which are:
1) City of Karachi
2) Life at IBA
Three major cash prize have been announced for this competition that
First prize Rs. 6000/-
Second prize Rs. 4000/-
Third prize Rs. 3000/-
All the participants are required to register themselves and the
complete website has to be uploaded on a web server. These website will be judged by a
panel of leading experts from the IT industry in Pakistan on the basis of design,
functionality, graphics etc. Last date for registering and mailing the website links is
April 15, 2000. This event is being organized by Imran Majid IT Secretary BITS Club and
Adnan Siddique Asst. IT Secretary BITS Club. Further details can be obtained from Mr.
Adnan Siddique at firstname.lastname@example.org.
IBA graduate directory launching ceremony
IBA's graduating class of May 2000 launched their first product, the
Graduate Directory, to the market on 22 March 2000.
Several corporate guests, headhunters, faculty members and students
attended the event that was conducted at the Marriott Hotel, Karachi.
The Poolside of the Hotel was decorated beautifully. The programme
started with Tilawat of Holy Quran and then Welcome speech by the class representative,
Mr. Ghulam Murtaza Shaikh. Followed by very informative speeches conducted by several
guests who shared their experiences and ideas with the students. Among these were Mr.
Shakeel Ahmed, Director Finance, Pakistan Stell Mills, Mr. Danishmand, Chairman, Suzuki
Motorcycles, Mr. Sohail Hashmi, Ex-President, Marketing Association of Pakistan, Ms. Margi
Rehman, Human Resource and Development Manager, Lever Brothers and Mr. Zafar Mannan,
Director Human Resource, Indus Motors. These speakers spoke about their experiences and
expectations from MBAs. They also appreciated the role of IBA in Business Education.
Before concluding, the Director of IBA Dr. Zafar H. Zaidi wished the students all the best
in their endeavours and congratulated the organizing committee for their high level of
organization, which was evident at the function. The Graduates Directory was then
introduced by the Chief Editor Prince Khurram and after that the chief organizer of the
event Syed Faizan Ahmed Kalim thanked the guest for their presence and wished the
graduates good luck for their future. The guests were then asked to proceed for dinner.
However, before the function took place, several activities were
conducted in order to hold the event. The most important of which was actually producing
the Graduate Directory, which contained the profiles of all the students in the class. The
committee responsible for this was headed by Prince Khurram and under him worked Erum Naz,
Najia Mehboob, Nazim Khurshid, Tahir Razzak and Ahmed Mustafa Batlay. These people along
with the help of Syed Faizan Ahmed Kalim and Ghulam Murtaza Shaikh gave their best to
produce the same. Their committed work was well appreciated by the guest.
The Graduate Directory Launch Ceremony was then a big task. Contacting
corporate guest and inviting them at the occasion was not easy. But the Chief Organizer of
the event, Syed Faizan Ahmed Kalim led and guided the team and was there to help in and
oversee all activities. Other members the committee included Ghulam Murtaza Shaikh, who
was there all the time to cooperate. Shukri Rehman, who handled the guest relations and
faxes; Najia Naeem, who make arrangements for all the guest speakers and managed the
media; Sukaina Ali, who was responsible for the sponsorship of the event.
The ceremony includes many other arrangements like the booking of the
venue, the decorations and many more. The programme was beautifully organized and managed
in a very professional manner as expected from the IBA Graduates. Ofcourse the credit goes
to Syed Faizan Ahmed Kalim, Ghulam Murtaza Shaikh and Najia Naeem for their devoted and
sincere work. Apart from this the appreciation and guidance of Director, Dr. Zafar H.
Zaidi, the Deputy Director, Dr. Ejaz Ahmed, the Students' Counselor, Dr. Zennal Ismail and
the Faculty Members was better than anything to motivate the organizing team. The web
address of the class is mba-2000.tripod.com.
NBP President Chairs Board of Directors Meeting
The Board of Directors of the National Bank of Pakistan met here on
March 27, under the chairmanship of the Bank's President, Mohammadmian Soomro.
A marathon 6-hour session discussed at length the problems faced by the
bank and its consistent performance, which braced the challenges.
A number of policy decisions were taken to surge NBP's role to new
heights in the national economy. Newfacilities for the customers were also approved.
The directors reviewed the recovery position and expressed satisfaction
over the progress in that direction.
Those who attended the meeting included Mr. Aftab Ahmed Khan, Mr.
Muhammad Yunus Khan, Additional Finance Secretary (Budget), Ministry of Finance, Mr. Bilal
Ahmed Qureshi of Johnson and Phillips and Mr. Khalid Sultan khwaja of Tariq Sultan and
Incorporated on November 8, 1949, the National Bank of Pakistan
performs subtreasury functions on behalf of the State Bank of Pakistan, and is also the
largest commercial bank with over 1400 branches spread all over the country, with 23
foreign branches and 5 representative offices in 16 countries of the world.