Jan 29 - Feb 04, 2001
Amer Nazir is the Chief Executive of e-tech Group of companies which
includes Hi-Tech Business Machines (Pvt.) Ltd. established in 1986, Hilinks Pak (Pvt.)
Ltd. established in 1999 and Hinet Pak (Pvt.) Ltd. established in 2000.
Having a wide marketing, finance and management experience spreading
over 16 years to his credit, Amer Nazir has the distinction of introducing IBM office
machines, as the first IBM reseller in Pakistan. He is also responsible for expanding the
Compaq network, 3COM, Acer and Hi-tech Systems in the country. The inception of the first
international portal of Pakistan, Hilinks.com also goes to his credit.
PAGE: Having a cutting-edge the information technology
has made an overwhelming impact over the world economy. How it is going to contribute to
the economic development in Pakistan?
Amer Nazir: The IT proliferation is not going to
confine within IT industry alone, in effect it is going to effect in a diversified way.
For example the telephone industry is one of the example. Pakistan has a 20 million
minutes market, which naturally offers an attractive scenario for the international
investors. The PTCL is on privatization board while the deadline for its privatization is
also ensuing fast. Hopefully once the telecommunication sector is placed into private
hands it would tremendously support the growth of IT industry as well.
PAGE: It is the talk of the town that the IT has the
potentiality to bring economic revolution in Pakistan, being an expert what would you
suggest to catch up the pace of progress the world around?
Amer: The present government taking steps in the right
direction within the given circumstances and the available resources. Yet the time is too
short to get along, attention should also be given to invite foreign companies already
excelled in this field. The number of quality institutes producing graduates is too short,
special attention is needed for establishment of institutes, which can impart quality
education at an affordable price to harvest a rich crop, he suggested. Amer also gave the
following brief about the companies contributing its share for economic growth of the
Hinet: Highlighting the salient features of the group
of companies he heads, Amer told Pakistan & Gulf Economist that Hinet, part of e-tech
Group is fully prepared to launch its internet operations using state of the art fiber
optics telecommunication links and a 2MB Bandwidth, which places Hinet technologically
ahead of various ISPs operating in the country. Hinet plans to facilitate the home and
business users by providing fast, reliable and secure connection.
Having state-of-the-art infrastructure, Hinet also aims to maintain
1:10 port to users ratio, which is at par with international standards. This will ensure
fastest and most reliable Internet accessibility to the local users.
Hinet has a management involved in launching Pakistan's first Portal
Hilinks.com, which provides real time access to local activities and events to Non
Resident Pakistanis. Another company of e-tech Group is Hi Tech Business Machines which is
an Acer distributor and has offered complete hardware/ Machines and has offered complete
hardware/software solutions for the last 16 years. E-tech Group values research, hard work
and commitment, which can be witnessed by its rapid growth and current position in IT
industry of Pakistan. He said that the trio of Hinet, Hilinks and Hi-tech provides
complete synergy to the end users for any IT solution from a single platform.
Hilinks (Pvt.) Ltd.: An outstanding e-tech Group
Company, is the pioneer in constantly evolving IT industry of Pakistan. Previously, the
primary method by which individual investors were able to obtain information and trade on
the stock market was by physically going to the stockbrokers or calling on the telephones.
Non-resident Pakistanis neither had access to the current trends in the stocks market in
the country hence without real-time decision-making information nor have the opportunity
to book orders and view audit trials except through their agents on telephones.
Amer said with a sense of pride that Hilinks has introduced on-line
stock trading, market watch and client statement system that will enable Pakistanis in
every corner of the globe to access real-time, zero delay company quotes, indexes, as well
as to place on-line orders and manage their portfolios, inventories and profit and loss
statements through hilinks.com. This unprecedented giant step in the direction of
convenience and accessibility is being made possible with alliances in the form of Abbasi
& Co., a prestigious stock exchange member and the renowned information agency
Amer expressed the hope that as a result of this endeavour Pakistan
Stock Exchange market capitalization will inevitably increase along with an elevated
investor base both locally and internationally. There would be a clear-cut unmatched
transparency in the process of stock brokerage and investors will have access to timely,
valid and concise data along with a perceptible decrease in paper work.