After handing over the upgrade approval letter to
Sarfraz Ahmed Khan of Arsala Enterprises, Mr Kirmani predicted that
cartage contractors not following the upgrade programme would end up
losers. He said that in the next two years due to the growing
competition, the number of cartage contractors would reduce.
Mr Kirmani said that after deregulation, the
competition has increased and customers will have cartage contractors
and vehicles of their choice.
He said that facilities at PSO terminals and depots
for drivers would be improved and for this an amount would be reserved
in the next year's budget. He added that PSO would also send five
drivers and one cartage contractor on Umra.
Mr Kirmani said that PSO's successes were based on
the fact that a culture of teamwork had been inculcated within the
company. He said that it was the combination of old guard and new
employees that had delivered.
The managing director emphasized that altering
mindsets was the most difficult job. "Ninety percent of the
battle is won if mindsets are changed," he said.
Making it clear that PSO had no control over POL
prices, the managing director added that the prices of POL products
that had dropped at the international level were now once again
On the occasion, Gul Muhammad Afridi of Contractors
Association congratulated PSO for taking up the upgrade programme. He
said major changes were visible within the company. In this regard, he
cited the example of Logistics Circular that informs cartage
contractors of major changes taking place within the company.
Mr M.Z. Tamimy, General Manager Logistics, PSO,
said that while lots of problems were encountered in upgrading of
lorries, all were surmounted. He said that PSO was moving quickly on
the upgrade programme and in this regard sought the assistance of
LG WON I.F. DESIGN AWARDS AT
Global and regional digital leader LG Electronics
has landed three prestigious honours at this year's International
Forum (IF) Design Awards held at CeBIT (Center of Business Information
Technology and Telecommunication) 2003, the world's largest exhibition
of-multi-media and information technology held in Hanover, Germany.
LG won the awards for its CDMA2000 colour mobile
handset, 23-inch Flatron LCD monitor and its innovative removable
This is the second year in a row that LG has
clinched three awards from Germany's I.F. Association, responsible for
Europe's most respected design prize.
"This is a massive testament to LG's pursuit
of excellence in research and development of 'ahead-of-the-curve'
digital products for the consumer electronics market," said Mr.
M. B. Shin, President, LG Electronics Middle East and Africa
Since establishing a design research centre in
Dublin, Ireland as a part of a more globalized approach to design in
1991, LGE has built up a global design network, linking Dublin with
other overseas design centres in New Jersey (1993), California (1999),
Tokyo (1993), and Beijing (2003) to respond productively in the latest
trends of global design and to develop designs that meet customer
preference of the global market.
MICRO CREDIT PROGRAMME FOR
LOW-INCOME AREAS IN SYRIA
The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) has
launched its first micro credit facilities under agreements signed
with the Syrian Ministry of Health and the Governorates of Aleppo,
Hama and Tartous.
Innovative multi-year programmes, these facilities
are aimed at stimulating income-generation in low-income areas and
promoting small-scale agricultural and industrial enterprises. In
Aleppo and Hama provinces, micro credit facilities will help finance
housing improvement in areas where the rehabilitation of historic
spaces is underway, with a view to enhance potential for the tourism
and leisure industry. In Lattakia province, the micro credit facility
will begin with a focus on eight villages in Hafell District in
consonance with the Syrian Government's Healthy Village Programme. A
micro credit facility will also be established in five districts of
the Tartous province.