June 03 - 09, 2002
PSO CHIEF SAYS DIFFERENT
PRICES AT FILLING STATIONS SOON
Managing Director of Pakistan State Oil (PSO) Mr
Tariq Kirmani has said that oil industry is quickly changing its
outlook in Pakistan and has urged company workers and dealer to be
ready for the future challenges.
Inaugurating retail outlets in District Jhelum and
in the federal capital Islamabad, Mr Kirmani said that in future
customers will see different prices at different filling stations.
"This will allow the customers to opt for outlets which offer
better quality and quantity," he said.
In District Jhelum, the PSO managing director
inaugurated Younas Petroleum, Pakistan's largest petrol station with
The retail outlet, situated on Deona Mandi-GT Road,
is spread over an area of over 40 Kanals. The main features of the
retail outlet are a restaurant with rooftop barbeque, a large park for
children, a large canopy, a well-stocked mart, business center and
public toilets for ladies and gents.
Over 2,000 guests including PSO dealers,
transporters, truckers and members of the local chamber of commerce
attended the inauguration ceremony.
TOUGHER IMPLEMENTATION OF
TRAFFIC RULES SOUGHT
There is need for tougher actions against traffic
rule violators to effectively check the menace of accidents on roads.
This was observed by Commander Karachi Rear Admiral
Muhammad Haroon while addressing the fifth Karavan Karachi PSO Road
Sense programme at PSO House on Wednesday.
Rear Admiral Haroon said that people should first
realize their responsibilities and only later demand their rights.
He said a driver has only two options: convenience
and safety. "The convenience is in breaking rules while safety
lay in following regulations."
The admiral asked all adults to become role models
for children by observing rules and cooperating with the police.
The Managing Director of Pakistan State Oil (PSO),
Mr Tariq Kirmani, said because of prevalent security considerations, a
delay in the programme was suggested. "But I said that children
must keep getting the exposure to rule of law" and thus the
programme is being held according to schedule.
The managing director said that PSO had installed
traffic signs in Karachi and Lahore while such signs may also be set
up in Rawalpindi and Islamabad. "Children who get lost can find
their way back home through the signs."
The Deputy Inspector General of Police (Traffic),
Saud A Mirza, said that the ratio of accidents in the city had reduced
by 8.57 per cent because of an increased awareness among the citizens
and police efforts. He urged citizens to cooperate with the police so
that accidents could be further reduced.
Mrs Yasmeen Lari, the Chairperson of HeritageWallay,
in her address of welcome, appreciated PSO's support to the programme
and explained its objectives.
Later, the chief guest, Admiral Haroon, inaugurated
the poster exhibition at PSO House atrium. This was followed by quiz
competition, street theatre and award of prizes and award of souvenirs
to children, who were served refreshments.
PSO REMAINS MARKET LEADER IN
Pakistan State Oil (PSO) has maintained its status
of the market leader in lubricants among the three major oil-marketing
companies for the fourth and fifth consecutive months, in February and
According to the data released by the Oil Companies
Advisory Committee (OCAC), PSO's market share for the month of
February was 44.9 per cent versus 37.6 per cent of Shell and 17.5 per
cent of Caltex.
As for the month of March 2002, PSO was 41.9 per
cent against 36.6 per cent and 21.5 per cent of Shell and Caltex
In terms of year-to-date figures (July 2001-March
2002), PSO is again the leader with a cumulative market share of 40.9
percent against 37.1 and 22 per cent of Shell and Caltex respectively.
It is to be noted that PSO sales have grown in an
industry that is currently facing a downward trend and is down by 7.8
SHELL QUALITY CONTROL CARAVAN
Shell's mobile Quality Control Units started
operations in Pakistan in 1995, providing on-site quality and quantity
testing facility to all Shell petrol stations in Pakistan. To date,
Shell's ISO 9001:2000 certified Quality Control system remains the
largest and most comprehensive in the country.
Since 17 May, the Shell Quality Control Caravan has
been making waves in the city of Karachi. A beautifully decorated
float, flanked by Shell's mobile Quality Control Units (QCU) forms the
Caravan, as it makes its way to various Shell petrol stations in the
city. The Caravan stops at each of the petrol stations, and checks
quality and quantity using the advanced equipment present in each of
the QCU vans. Customers are encouraged to participate in the process,
and are shown a series of tests where a quality officers answer their
questions. In addition, the Quality Caravan Team hands out hundreds of
free gifts to the customers at each of the sites, and to people in
cars at major intersections. So next time you are out and about, keep
a look out for the Shell Quality Caravan!
SAUDI PAK COMMERCIAL BANK
Saudi Pak Commercial Bank Limited conducted a two
day management course on the subject "Synergizing
Performance" on 25th & 26th May, 2002, at a local five star
hotel facilitated by KZR Associates to promote synergy, enthusiasm and
a sense of ownership amongst the executives and officers of the Bank.
About 25 staff members of the Bank in various cadres participated in
The workshop was focused on Team Bonding and Spirit
of Enthusiasm with the objective to create a Culture of Openness and
higher sense of ownership and responsibility amongst the Executives
and Officers of the Bank. Mr. Farhad F. Karamally, KZR Facilitator
emphasized on four major points including principles of perception,
communication, team work, trust and resolving conflicts.
Mr. Muhammad Rashid Zahir, Chairman and the
President of the Bank had instructed for holding such workshops to
motivate the staff for the benefit of the organisation. He has also
advised Mrs. Mehjabin Rabbani, Vice President, Human Resources
Division of the Bank to hold similar management courses in Lahore and
Islamabad also to enable the staff members of other Regions to be
benefited out of these workshops.
NEW PUBLICATIONS ON SOCIAL
CAPITAL IN PAKISTAN
NGO Resource Centre (A project of Aga Khan
Foundation) has published special editions of its quarterly English
and Urdu newsletters on the theme of Social Capital. Opinions from
noted social scientists Akbar Zaidi, Dr Asad Sayeed, Farhan Anwer,
Nadeem Malik and Asim Sajjad Akhtar are included along with in-depth
interviews of Governor State Bank Dr Ishrat Hussain and Dr Shahrukh
Rafi Khan. Citizen organizations, research institutions and media
professionals could obtain complimentary copies from NGO Resource
Centre, D-114, Block 5, Clifton, Karachi, Ph: 0215865501/2 or by
WORLD WATER DAY
Sindh Minister of Irrigation Syed Ali Mir Shah has
said that the Indus Water Treaty was the actual cause of water
shortage. Speaking as the chief guest at a Seminar in connection with
World Water Day at Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, (MUET)
Jamshoro, he said that the treaty has been inked with India by late
president Ayub Khan, under which water of two rivers was given to
India solely for agriculture purpose but later India started to divert
the Water for other purposes including dams, lakes, forests and hydel
power. Quoting from the Hadith of Holy Prophet (PBUH), the Minister
said the tailenders have the priority right over the rivers and canal
Waters. He told that president Musharraf has directed for installation
of Tele-metering system to check up the flow of water. He said that a
committee has been formed to devise a formula for water distribution.
He asked the MUET authorities to suggest names of experts for the
committee. Minister for Irrigation Syed Ali Mir Shah said a new water
formula will be devised after the committee formed by President
General Pervez Musharraf would give its report regarding the use of
water by the provinces.
He said the president constituted a team of
experts, which would probe the essential and non-essential use of
water by the province so that it could be distributed among the
provinces keeping in mind their respective requirements.
He said the committee would also probe the loss
caused to agriculture sector because of the shortage of water to
crops, adding that scientific method would be adopted in this
Shah accused the government of Ayub Khan of
executing the first plan of Right Bank Outfall Drainage (RBOD) and
said according to that scheme the water of RBOD was to be released
into River Indus near Sehwan. He said because of that procedure, the
land located in the tail-end areas and the people living in Sehwan
were getting water not suitable for drinking and Sehwan were getting
water not suitable for drinking and Agriculture purposes.
Earlier Prof. Dr. Abdul Rehman Memon,
Vice-Chancellor Mehran University of Engineering and Technology,
Jamshoro. Prof. Abdul Rasheed Memon, Prof. Mushtaque Mirani, Madem
Hameda-Masood Shah, Prof. Shah Nawaz Chandio, Mr. Mohsan Talpur and
other were addressed the occasion. A large number of the concerned
field and students of the Mehran University of Engineering and
Technology also attended the programme.
SERVICES FOR SMES
The Institute Of Business Administration has a
proud privilege to have conducted a series of seminars on various
important topics. The credit of this academic task goes to the
patronage of the dynamic educationist, Prof. Dr. Anwar Ali Shah G.
Syed, Director IBA, University of Sindh, Jamshoro.
The main purpose of holding such seminars is to
acquaint specially, the students of IBA with the current affairs of
our national economy with a view to updating their knowledge &
providing them an inspiration for learning & following the
footprints of the spiritual fathers whose knowledge is undoubtedly a
great source of learning. Fortunately, IBA, has managed to muster the
prominent scholars, renowned educationists, and intellectuals of the
caliber of think tanks like Prof. Dr.Khawaja Amjad Saeed the Ex.
Pro-Vice Chancellor of the Punjab University Lahore. The series of
seminars on different topics like Personal Management, Knowledge
Management & Services Of Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs).
The topic was "Services for SMEs". The
lecture started with the recitation of Holy Quraan. "The
Director, IBA, University of Sindh, Jamshoro introduced the guest
speaker where upon Professor Dr. Anwar Ali Shah G. Syed emphasized on
learning, he said "we are arranging such series of lectures from
which students can be given exposure to the outside world and to
provide them an opportunity to explore latent qualities of their
own" Director, IBA insisted on the usage of the latest
technologies of information and he said "we live in the era of
globalization where almost all small and big organizations wrestling
with each other and it breeds cut throat competition. For that we have
to update ourselves to latest competition in order to cope up with the
The Director IBA, also underlined the immense
importance of micro-credit banks that are playing a major role in
financing the small & medium enterprises in Pakistan.
He discussed at length, the process of SMEs in ten
developed nations, which are a great source of amelioration for the
people of Pakistan. If we follow their methods & techniques of
development in letter & spirit, the people of Pakistan can also
best achieve their targets of development through SMEs. Director IBA,
also advised the students to be constantly in touch with the books,
journals and magazines for seeking knowledge. He emphasized the
importance of Internet and computer technology, which is an essential
to meet the Market oriented challenges.
Faculty members of IBA and other departments along
with the students gathered to listen the scholarly views of learned
Professor Dr. Khawaja Amjad Saeed, former Director IBA, Lahore the
prominent scholar of not only Pakistan, but international repute. In
the beginning of his lecture he gave a comprehensive view about the
services of SMEs. He provided latest knowledge on SMEs that are
serving well in developed nations and made a comparison of such SMEs
with Pakistan and developing nations. He gave practical examples
during his lecture. He said where there is a strong economy reign,
organizations flourish, progress and that lead to prosperous society.
He further discussed the various aspects of growth
& development of SMEs, which has contributed a lot to the
alleviation of poverty, reduction of existing unemployment &
promotion of exports, needed for earning foreign exchange &
ultimately raising the standard of living of the Nation. He
particularly made a reference of the role of SMEs in developing and
developed nations where they can play key role in overall economic
development of the country. In Pakistan, Agriculture sector is
reckoned as the largest sector. Due to financial constraints, lack of
technical know-how Pakistan is still toiling to establish heavy &
large scale industries. It can however embark upon a crash program of
developing & promoting small-scale industries both in rural &
urban areas of Pakistan. He rightly pointed out that the establishment
of small scale industries involving a few workers, less sophisticated
& capital-intensive technology, can give a leap in achieving the
long awaited take-off stage in roster's turn.
The examples of Taiwan, Hongkong, Singapore, Korea,
Philippine and in addition to these developing countries those of
developed countries like America, Germany, Japan, Canada, & United
Kingdom where the economic growth in Canada is 95% because of
establishing SMEs, previously the economic growth was 80% when
E-Commerce introduced there. So, the economic growth rate was moved
from 80 to 95%, because of SMEs. In Japan 99% Enterprises are SMEs, so
it should enhance as a part of socio- economic concern. Three thousand
SMES are performing very well in Germany. Hong Kong is considered, as
the specialized chamber of SMEs because it's export rate is 209
billion-dollar. In Philippine & South Korea, more than 2000 SMEs
are playing a vital role in developing economic growth.
The experience of ten developed nations shows that
promoting SMEs is one of best way to boost economic activity, &
especially it is essential to establish in less developed countries
It is hoped that the IBA will continue to hold such
academic seminars in future too, aiming at updating the knowledge of
teachers as well as students by inviting the think- tanks of the
The lecture was followed by questions and answers
session. The student's questions were mostly about the challenges
faced by globalization to SMEs, and how micro-credit banks can play
their role in enhancing SMEs, and several other questions were also
asked from Prof. Dr. Khawaja Amjad Saeed and he answered all the
In last Director, IBA, Prof. Dr. Anwar Ali Shah G.
Syed expressed vote of thanks to the guest speaker and the audience,
where upon he emphasized that we will continue such series of lectures
in future, with the objectives to equip the graduates with latest
knowledge and skills to make them capable to face the challenges of
the highly competitive market.
Preston Institute of Management, Science and
Technology (PIMSAT), Islamabad organized an Information Seminar at its
campus in the Capital. The purpose of the Seminar was to furnish
detailed information on the Institute's Executive Masters (EMBA &
EMS) programmes to those employed in public and private sector
organizations in the country. Executives who participated in the
seminar evinced keen interest in the academic programmes of the
Institute. They lauded the scholarship policy of the Institute, which
focuses on merit and need as the qualifying criteria. They also
expressed their satisfaction over the quality of the academic
programmes PIMSAT is currently offering at the Executive Masters