Pakistan State Oil (PSO) has entered into a
countrywide, state-of-the-art 'cash management services' arrangement
with the United Bank Ltd. (UBL).
PSO Managing Director Tariq Kirmani and UBL President
Amar Zafar Khan on Wednesday, November 06, 2002, initialled an agreement
to formalize the service at a simple but impressive ceremony at PSO
House. PSO GM Finance Jalil-ur-Rehman
Tarin, UBL Country Corporate Head
Mansoor M Khan, Head Cash Management Mr Fawzi Khawaja and other senior
officials were present.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Tariq Kirmani
appreciated the efforts of the team involved in the project and
expressed confidence that it would enable the largest oil marketing
company in the country to further reduce financial costs and improve
Mr Amar Zafar Khan said that the deal denotes the
strong branch network of UBL on whose strength the recently privatized
bank has been able to offer to PSO at much competitive price a service
which will reduce the transaction time from an average three working
days currently to a mere one day.
The web-based UB online banking system offers several
additional benefits in terms of security of funds, account
reconciliation, round-the-clock availability of online data and ease of
use for both PSO and dealers.
PSO CARTAGE CONTRACTORS TO BENEFIT FROM CHANGE: TARIQ
The Managing Director of Pakistan State Oil (PSO), Mr
Tariq Kirmani, implored cartage contractors to change with the changing
times, an exercise that would tremendously benefit them in the long run.
Addressing a large number of cartage contractors who
were awarded appreciation letters for implementing the latest changes in
tank lorry fleets, Mr Tariq Kirmani said that the changes in PSO were
not extraordinary and such changes should have been made years ago.
"We have only implemented what is done by good companies," he
Mr Kirmani said that status quo was not acceptable at
PSO. "We are teaching our employees, our dealers and our cartage
contractors that you have to change," he said. "The change
that we are seeking is in your interest."
He said the top management at PSO was trying to
communicate at all levels that the wrongs of the past could not
continue. "We should do what we believe in," he told the
cartage contractors. "If we do something for which our conscience
pricks us, we will have to face the consequences sooner or later."
Mr Kirmani told the cartage contractors that they
have to see the whole picture by putting all the pieces together.
"Those who fail to do so are left behind in the race," he
The Managing Director said that PSO had once again
bid the lowest for the Wapda tender, a fact that showed that the
oil-marketing giant was a responsible firm. "We do what we
say," he stated.
The General Manager Logistics, Mr M Z Tamimy, told
the cartage contractors that some vested interests were creating
Asking the cartage contractors to tell others that
strikes did not serve any purpose, he said the message should be spread
throughout Pakistan that the culture of strikes had gone away from the
"Adulterated product is no longer
acceptable," Mr Tamimy declared, pointing out to the cartage
contractors that their growth was linked to that of PSO.
Later, the Managing Director distributed certificates
among the cartage contractors.
NUCLEAR SOUTH ASIA IS SPIRALING INTO INSTABILITY: DR.
Addressing the participants at a seminar organized by
the Preston Institute of Management, Science & Technology (PIMSAT),
Islamabad campus Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy, a renowned nuclear physicist and
Professor of Physics at the Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad said it
was his firm belief and also that of leading peace activists, academics
and journalists that nuclear South Asia is spiraling into instability,
an arms race, deepening poverty and an ever-greater threat of nuclear
war both deliberate and accidental.
He said in 1998, over a billion people were thrust
into the nuclear shadow as India and Pakistan blasted their way onto the
world stage as nuclear weapons states. While it may have strengthened
the element of deterrence vis-a-vis Pakistan, it has undeniably made
both countries more vulnerable than ever-before to nuclear war, either
deliberate or accidental, he said. Dr. Hoodbhoy maintained that the
nuclear arms race between the two major nuclear rival states—India and
Pakistan, has overwhelmed the economies of the two countries, bringing
unbearable sufferings to the people. He said teaming millions in India
and Pakistan have been deprived of their fundamental right to even the
basic amenities of life such as food, shelter, health, education and
employment. Naturally, with major part of the country's resources being
diverted towards massive build up of conventional and contemporary arms
and nuclear arsenals, on both sides of the divide, such a dismal
scenario was bound to develop. Dr. Hoodbhoy expressed the hope that both
India and Pakistan, in the interest of peace in the region and for the
progress and prosperity of its two people, would make sincere and urgent
efforts to denuclearise itself.
Earlier, speaking on the occasion, Preston's Director
Marketing & PR, Mr. M. Fazal Elahi extended a warm welcome to Dr.
Hoodbhoy on behalf of the management, faculty and students of Preston
and other guests. Mr. Elahi thanked the distinguished speaker for
enlightening the participants to the seminar on such a burning issue,
and also for providing them the opportunity to see the documentary
entitled "Pakistan & India Under the Nuclear Shadow"
produced and directed by him. In the end, the Program Director of
Preston Islamabad Campus, Commodore (retd.) Muhammad Saleem presented a
Shield of the Institute to the distinguished guest speaker.
MICROSOFT AND MOBILINK GSM SIGN 3-YEAR ENTERPRISE
Microsoft Pakistan and Mobilink GSM (Pakistan) have
announced the signing of the renewal of their existing Enterprise
Agreement, which is to run for 3 years.
The new agreement will provide Windows operating
system, Office suite and client connectivity licences to 550 desktop
users at Mobilink, an increase of 10% desktops on the previous
agreement. Both companies anticipate that the agreement will help the
cellular company to initiate new and innovative technology concepts and
introduce effective systems in the organization.
"As a premier telecommunications company in
Pakistan, it is of paramount importance that we are able to offer
superior cellular services to our customers. This is only possible by
using best of breed products. We are able to do this by using technology
and infrastructure products from Microsoft," said Mr. Al Barry,
President and CEO, Mobilink GSM.
PAKISTAN'S FIRST MULTIMEDIA WORK DISPLAY BY ARENA
Arena Multimedia, leader in multimedia education, had
a multimedia work display, which was arranged by its students on
November 02' Manzer Akber Hall, Arts Council. This is the first time in
the history of Pakistan that any such exhibition has been organized in
the field of multimedia. The main objective of this work display was to
bring the potential of our students/young generation in front of the
world and provide them a chance to gain appreciation and recognition for
extra ordinary efforts.
The program started at 10:30 a.m. and went on till
8:00 p.m. The inauguration of the program was done by Mr. Arshad Khalil,
Master Franchisee, Arena Pakistan and the business partners Arena
Multimedia. Award distribution took place at 6:00 p.m. by the chief
guest, Mr. S.H.Hashmi, Orient Mccan. Guests from the corporate market,
Press and Arena management along with the students visited the program.
TERADATA, A DIVISION OF NCR HOLDS SEMINAR ON DATA
WAREHOUSING IN TELCOS
Teradata, a division of NCR organized "A Seminar
on Data Warehousing in Telcos: Making the Right Decision" recently
in Islamabad. The seminar is also part of an activity of Working Group
of United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) on Data
Nisar Memon, Federal Minister for Information, who
was the Chief Guest on the occasion, spoke about the importance of
information technology for the progress of our nation. He also pointed
out that we should focus on this era of change by creating a niche
market in the world for us.
The Chairman, Pakistan Telecommunications Authority
(PTA), Maj. Gen. Shahzada Alam, who was the Guest of Honour, while
speaking on the occasion said, "Telecommunications Sector in
Pakistan has seen many changes in the last few years, and still more is
expected to happen, as this is the fastest growing sector with a
tremendous potential for further developments".
Syed Veqar ul Islam, Country General Manager, NCR in
his welcome note, spoke about the importance of taking quick decisions
in today's world. "We live in an era of information. Unless we are
willing to empower the people who actually interact with the customers
or are in the field with relevant information about their customers,
territory and business, to me the quality and the benchmark of our
customer services will always be a question mark."
The Seminar was largely attended by senior executives
from Corporate and Government sectors, especially from the field of
telecommunications. The representatives of PTCL, PTA, Ufone, Mobilink,
Millicom, etc. also attended the seminar. The speakers emphasized the
importance of this technology for Pakistan which is set to usher in a
new era in managing Customer Relations.
The Keynote Speaker, Mr. Arshad Khan, CEO, Ufone gave
his address on "Customer Focus and Customer Relationship
Management", emphasizing on the importance of "managing your
customers effectively for customer satisfaction."
Mr. Tariq Rashid, Chief Information Officer, Mobilink
gave a detailed presentation on "Operational Systems: Efficiencies
& Issues," in the telecommunications industry followed by a
presentation by Mr. Faisal Khaliq, PS Manager, Teradata, a division of
NCR, on "Building a Data Warehouse; Data Warehouse Usage".
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EMIRATES HOLDS ANNUAL AWARDS FOR TRAVEL AGENTS
Emirates, the award-winning airline, recently held
the sales awards ceremony to honour the best performing agents from
North Pakistan (Islamabad and Peshawar regions) for the years 2000-01
and 2001-02 in Islamabad, recently.
Present on the occasion were UAE Ambassador to
Pakistan, HE Mr. Ali Mohammad Bin Hammad Al-Shamsi; Keith Longstaff,
Sr. General Manager Commercial Operations, West Asia & Pacific
Rim, Emirates; Abdulla Nasser Abdulla, General Manager Pakistan,
Emirates and Ejaz Butt, Sales Manager, North Pakistan, Emirates.
The awards were given to Top 10 agents from
Islamabad, and Top 5 agents from the Peshawar region for the year
2000-01 and 2001-02.
Speaking on the occasion, Keith Longstaff said,
"There is no doubt that our success in the Pakistani market would
not have been possible without the overwhelming support we have
received from the travel and cargo agent community in the
"In Pakistan Emirates has been achieving high
load factors, which is absolutely marvellous for which I would like to
congratulate all of you and Emirates' Pakistan team which is very
professionally and effectively piloted by Mr. Abdulla Nasser Abdulla,
General Manager Pakistan and composed of people like Mr. Ejaz Butt our
Sales Manager for North Pakistan", he added.
He also thanked the government of Pakistan and the
Civil Aviation Authority for their invaluable support.
The following travel agents were presented with the
Crown Travel, Bonds Travel, American Express, TSC,
Waqas Travel, Altaqi Travels, United Travels, Baba International, Shakil
Express & Omar Travels from Islamabad and Shah Corporation, Royal
International, United Travel, Pakistan Express and Orakzai Travel from
Emirates has recently added new routes like
Mauritius, Osaka, Perth, Casablanca and Khartoum and with the addition
of the cargo-only routes of Liege and Shanghai, now flies to 63
destinations in 45 countries in Europe, the Middle East, the Far East,
Africa, Asia, Australia and plans to add North America to its growing
list of destinations next year.
During the course of the preceding year Emirates
announced its largest-ever aircraft order that was valued at a massive
US$15 billion. The order includes 25 Boeing 777s, 22 Airbus A380s, eight
Airbus A340-600s and three A330s.