June 09 - 15, 2003 



The client-agency relationship at J. Walter Thompson enters into a new phase as the agency, worldwide, celebrated 100 years of advertising association with Unilever. A host of top brass senior executives from J. Walter Thompson network offices in London, India, Bangkok, and Unilever Pakistan's top brass attended the dinner hosted by JWT-Asiatic to mark the occasion.
"The relationship between an agency and the client is like-a marriage. Love May
come and go, but a strong marriage is based on two things mutual respect and a shared passion. We have both respect for each



other and a passion for brands and brand communication. This is why the marriage has lasted for a 100 years despite moments of disillusionment and disagreement," said Mr. Miles Colebrook, Group President, J. Walter Thompson International, in his speech at the dinner.

To which Chairman Unilever Pakistan, Ms. Musharaf Hai added, '"our binding force is the consumer, the passionate and single-minded purpose linking our destiny we cannot live without each other!"


ZRG International (Pvt) Ltd., a telecommunication solutions company based in Pakistan has received an export order from M/s Mobitel, a cellular phone company in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, for the supply of an advanced business telecommunication system commonly known as a Call Center. With this order, Pakistan has entered into the lucrative export market of call center systems that has been the domain of telecommunication giants from France, Germany, Sweden and other developed nations.

A Call center system is a combination of telecom hardware and specialized software that is designed to handle incoming and outgoing telephone calls in a highly customized, controlled and documented way. Any business can use call center system to provide value-added information and high quality personalized services to its customers.

ZRG has been providing advanced call handling solutions since 1994 and has the largest market share in the call center solutions market in Pakistan. Some of the biggest and most prestigious businesses are using call center systems provided by ZRG.

ZRG has introduced numerous first-of-its-kind technology products and services in Pakistan such as the first automated telephone polling on toll free 0800, the first 0900 premium rate service, the first call center system with answer by name feature and the first Urdu based automated telephone response system.




HP, the world leader in consumer printing and imaging solutions, continues its investment in consumer needs by unveiling new products on 27th May 2003 at the Avari Hotel, Karachi. The event theme, "Running the Next Mile with You" encapsulates the concept of a cohesive partnership between HP and its partners. The New Product Training provides HP's Premium Business Partners (PBPs) and authorized business partners, professional and technical expertise to meet the ever-sophisticated customers whilst the evening session is specially catered for consumers.

Making its debut are the PSC1210, OJ5110 and OJ6110 from the All-in-one (AiO) range, LJ1150, from the Personal Mono LaserJet range and the LJ2300 from the Workgroup Mono LaserJet.

Another event highlight includes a product fair where Color LaserJets, ScanJets and DeskJets will be showcased. This fair is jointly organized by HP and the PBPs.

HP is also introducing the HP LaserJet 1150, and 2300 printer series. These printers are ideal for the budget-conscious businesses that require quick, reliable monochrome output.


A group of public relations professional have formed Public Relation Council of Pakistan.

The meeting nominated Public Relations Officer Syed Ibne Hassan of PICIC as its Convenor and a committee has been formed consisting of public relation managers, practitioners and officers from renowned institutions and agencies.

The Public Relations Council of Pakistan (PRCP) will strive for excellence and building harmony among its members.

The council also decided to hold seminars and workshops etc. on regular basis to provide an opportunity of interaction among each other to update about the latest developments taking place in country and around the globe.

The Council also decided to hold first normal meeting and award ceremony in the second week of June to honour known personalities.

Those who have been invited by the Council include, Advisor to Chief Minister on Information, Salahuddin Haider, Company Secretary and P.R. Head (Pakistan Steel), Dr. Sajid Hussain (Ph.D.), G.M./P.R. PIA, S.M. Imran Gardezi.

On the occasion, Corporate Image Award will also be presented to R.A. Kaleemi-S.E.V.P. National Bank of Pakistan, Dr. Ahsan H. Khan, S.V.P, UBL, Muzaffar Ahmed, Senior Manger ANSP, State Life Insurance Corporation, Shujat Ali Baig, S.V.P. Habib Bank Limited, Kafeel Burni, Senior Public Relations Officer Muslim Commercial Bank, Nasreen Hussain, General Manager Sui Southern Gas Company.




The Board of Directors of IP Securities announced recently that a UK-based company; Asian Emerging Markets Investments Limited (AEMI) has bought majority equity in the company. The Puri family, which was the main shareholder in the corporate brokerage house, has sold off its majority shareholding to the UK-based firm.

The acquiring company has also decided to change the name of the company from IP Securities Limited to Capital One Equities Limited.

AEMI is a company affiliated to the DCD group, whose business and network of offices today extends from the UK to the USA, the Middle East, South Africa, India, Australia and Pakistan. The total group turnover in 2001 exceeded $600 million.

The DCD Group today encompasses a broad array of businesses ranging from Trade Finance and Factoring, Property Investment and Management, Information Technology and Small Business and Venture Capital.

The following is the text of the statement by Wasif Ijlal, the CEO of Capital One Equities Limited:

"We consider the entrance of a new strategic investor AEMI into the local brokerage industry a positive development. Not only it reflects the growing confidence of foreign investors in the local financial markets, it also reflects positively on the steps taken by the GOP, SECP and the KSE in attracting reputed foreign groups to the local bourses. We are convinced that the new sponsors of Capital One Equities will further strengthen competition in local financial markets".