Mar 11 - 17, 2002
SELECTED ONE OF THE "TOP 12 COMPANIES TO WATCH"
Teradata, a division of NCR Corporation (NYSE:
NCR), has been selected as one of the "Top 12 Companies to
Watch" for business intelligence by Intelligent Enterprise
magazine, a CMP Media publication. The recognition was based on
significant contributions to the development of enterprise data
"IT and business leaders will increasingly
rely on these 12 companies in 2002 to enable their businesses to be
smarter, faster, and more profitable," said Justin Kestelyn,
editor-in-chief of IntelligentEnterprise. "Recognized for
significant contribution to the development of intelligent
enterprises, each of the 12 companies have proven their excellence in
gathering, analyzing, sharing and acting upon data-driven
The Teradata® data warehouse has been designed to
power the next generation of global active data warehouses providing
businesses with a single, integrated view of their business,"
said Stephen Brobst, chief technology officer for Teradata.
"Active data warehousing with Teradata offers knowledge not only
to top management, but instantly puts the company's intelligence in
the hands of front-line employees, empowering them to make better
decisions — faster and cheaper — than their competition."
POWERED ADB DELEGATION VISITS KHUSHHALI BANK
An ADB delegation comprising of its board directors
visited Khushhalibank's newly established office at Dhok Mangtal,
Rawalpindi. The visiting members included Executive Directors Xiaoyu
Zhao, Uwe Henrich, Jeung Hyon Yoon, and Khawaja Zaheer Ahmed and
Alternate Executive Directors John Austin and Maarten Verway.
Khushhalibank's President Ghalib Nishtar apprised
the visitors with operational progress and effectiveness of the ADB-funded
bank. In his welcome address, Nishtar appreciated ADB's continued
support to Pakistan's poor, which had led to the creation of KHB. He
said that the core strategy being pursued in strengthening the bank
was showing promising results and would yield effective systems to
ensure institutional stability, dynamic policy framework and most
importantly quality client servicing. At the event, the delegation
members interacted with some of the bank's customers who also received
their loan checks. It may be recalled that ADB's President Mr Tadao
Chino had visited the bank four months ago and this was the first
high-powered delegation scheduled since his visit. ADB's agreement to
provide nearly US$ 1 billion dollars in loans to Pakistan this year
for various projects is a clear indication of the bank's growing
Pakistan is all set to receive grants and technical
assistance from Japan, and for that the PAKISTAN JAPAN BUSINESS FORUM
has prepared a comprehensive program to channelize these in a
transparent, pragmatic, and effective manner in order to revitalize
the industrial base of Pakistan. This proposal was offered by a
seven-member PJBF delegation in separate meet,ngs in Islamabad to
Federal Minister for Finance, Shaukat Aziz, Federal Minister for
Commerce; Industries, and Production, Abdul Razak Dawood, Federal
Minister for Agriculture, Khair Muhammad Junejo, Chairman Board of
Investment, Wasim Haqqie, and various Federal Secretaries. The
proposal was fully supported in principle by all concerned Ministers
who pledged to ensure that it became a reality.
The PJBF delegation, consisting of Senior Vice
President, Masami Mizukami, Secretary General, Majyd Aziz, Director
General of JETRO, Osamu Mizui, Advisor to BOI, Ken Tamaki, Feroz Khan,
Motoo Yoshioka, and Jun Oishi, stated that the Forum is targating two
of the four key sectors identified by President General Pervez
Musharraf in his speech to the nation in December 1999. They said that
PJBF has developed programs to upgrade the agriculture sector and the
small and medium enterprises.
ANNOUNCES NATIONAL IT EXCELLENCE AWARDS WINNERS
The much-awaited NCR IT Excellence Awards were held
in Islamabad to recognize outstanding IT professionals in eight
different categories related to information technology. The grand
event was attended by leading dignitaries and prominent personalities
from government, media and the corporate world. Federal Minister of
Finance Shaukat Aziz was the chief guest on the occasion.
The period for consideration for nomination for the
awards was June 2000 to July 2001. The nominations were judged on
predefined criteria for each category according to the requirements of
the industry. The categories have been selected to cover the entire
spectrum of the IT sector, which included Software development,
Networking, IT educationalist, IT Research and development, IT
Pioneer, IT Develoment and lT Youth, thus enabling the specialized
effort in each category to stand out and be recognized. A panel of
judges selected for their expertise, experience and acumen assessed
the nominees for different categories of IT Awards. The NCR IT
Excellence Awards 2001 process was verified by A.F.Ferguson & Co.
Chartered Accountants, member firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers.
This year's IT Pioneer Award winner went to Mr.
Mohammad Afcal, who has been actively involved as a member of the IT
Commission Work Group on development of Human Resources in the field
of IT and has worked with the Government in Policy regulatory issues
and planning as an Executive Council Member and President of Computer
Society of Pakistan, Islamabad Chapter. Mr. Afzal is currently the CEO
of Habib Rafiq Technologies (Pvt) Limited.
"This award is the evidence of the commitment
and dedication, which Habib Rafiq Group has shown in the development
and nourishment of IT sector in Pakistan" said, CEO, Habib Rafiq
Technologies (Pvt.) Liinited, Mr. Mohammad Afzal. He added, "IT
Excellence awards are tools to motivate outstanding individual to
perform an exceptional job for Pakistan. They will also serve as
encouragement for others to perform well in future."