The supply of natural gas in the area will benefit
13 villages, about 4,000 households comprising more than 30,000
people. Availability of natural gas will create opportunities for
employment with set up of downstream industries and commercial
establishments. The project will also help bring about a change for
the betterment of the socio-economic status of the people through
provision of low cost fuel. In addition, the supply of natural gas
will help substitute the use of coal and firewood — leading to
reduction in pollution and protection of the environment. But above
all, use of natural gas will also help improve the health of people,
especially rural women.
LG ELECTRONICS TAKES LEAD ON ENVIRONMENT
LG Electronics, the global consumer electronics
giant, is to abolish the use of all hazardous substances and will ban
the use of hazardous lead in all products by the end of 2004.In what's
seen as a bold and progressive move, the digital leader is taking
vigorous steps to preempt increasingly stiff environment legislation
from the EU, the US, China and other nations.
"LGE's environment-friendly management
strategies will employ radical steps such as prohibiting the use of
hazardous substances in products by the end of 2004 and maintaining
them below regulated levels. The company will also adopt the use of
lead-free soldering in all products by the end of 2004," said S.
S. Kim, CEO and Vice Chairman, LG Electronics.
Using EU guidelines, LG Electronics will also
structure an EU-mandated system to collect and treat waste products
improving the reuse rate, and also develop environment-friendly
products and expand its green-purchase system.
"LG Electronics has adopted environmentally
friendly practices for a number of years," said Mr. M. B. Shin,
President, LG Electronics Middle East and Africa Operations. "But
as a good corporate citizen, we cannot rest on our laurels".
"Developed nations such as those in Europe and
the United States are employing advanced environmentally-friendly
technologies and policies and it is our duty to stay on par if not
ahead of current requirements."
LGE's environment-friendly management strategy will
employ radical changes to current production systems. The company has
brought on-line laboratories designed to analyse product components
that are due to be banned by EU mandates by July 2006, such as +6
chrome, cadmium, and mercury.
Through lab analysis, LGE will develop alternative
substances and operate a system to manage hazardous substances by the
end of 2004 by implementing stricter product management criteria
compared to EU directives.
The Marketing Association of Pakistan announced the
holding of MARCON2004, Pakistan's most prestigious marketing event, on
January 22 & 23, 2004 in Karachi. This was announced by Mr. Masood
Hashmi-President, Marketing Association of Pakistan, at a press
conference in the presence of Mr. Rizwan Jamil — Beverages Director,
Unilever Pakistan, the Principal Sponsor.
Mr. Hashmi said that MARCON has become the most
eagerly awaited event in Marketing and has received exceptional
support from the business community, government and all the other
Elaborating further he said, "The theme for
MARCON2004 — "From Turnaround to Takeoff: The Role of
Marketing" — reflects the sense of optimism currently
prevailing among large sections of the business community, as well as
the government. This optimism, which is also borne out by the key
economic indicators, can act as a trigger "to kick-start a major
economic revival in the country."
ANTI DUMPING DUTY ON PAKISTANI BEDLINEN BY EUROPEAN
M. Waqar Monnoo, Chairman APTMA has stated that he
has taken up the issue of 14.1% Anti Dumping Duty proposed to be
levied by European Commission on import of Pakistani bedlinen with Mr.
Humayun Akhtar Khan, Minister of Commerce, who showed his concern in
the matter and informed that government has formed a Task Force in
consultation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to evolve a joint
strategy with private sector to counter EC's action.
Chairman APTMA acclaimed the untiring efforts
including personal visits of Minister of Commerce to Brussels since
November 2002 to restrain EC from imposing anti dumping duty and to
find a viable settlement in the interest of both the parties. He
suggested to the Minister that all diplomatic and other appropriate
channels should be used for generating pressure on the Commission for
averting the anti dumping duty. He however, pointed out that export of
bedlinen for the first time has declined by 10% (in value terms) in
November 2003 as compared to the corresponding period of last year. M.
Waqar Monnoo informed that value-wise share of bedlinen exports to EU
Countries is about 40% in Pakistan's global exports of bedlinen, which
is significant and important. Chairman APTMA further informed that
export of bedlinen fetches more than US $ 1 billion annually and
protection of its export to EU Countries in particular needs urgent
attention of the government. Chairman APTMA assured the Minister of
Commerce that private sector would however, do its best to meet the
export target of US $ 12.10 billion for the current year.
GOOD GOVERNANCE AND MARKET ECONOMY
Mr. Zubair Ahmed Malik, President of Islamabad
Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ICCI) has stated that good
governance and market economy are vitally linked together and
Pakistan's existing system of management needs and revolutionary
reforms to achieve the objectives of a modern Islamic State. Mr. Malik
made these remarks while giving a talk on this topic in the seminar on
"Civil Society and Good Governance" arranged by the Liberal
Forum with the support of Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Islamabad.
Elaborating his views, Mr. Malik stated that
although Pakistan has grown much more than other low income countries,
it has so far failed to achieve social progress commensurate with its
income growth. He stated, lack of access to drinking water, poor
sanitary conditions and poor quality of education are serious
challenges for the Government's policy and decision makers.
It is true that through sound policy formulation,
the country has turned a deteriorating macro economic situation to a
rapidly improving scenario. However, the ground reality is that
poverty in Pakistan continues to be a serious concern. It is estimated
that almost 40 percent of our population of 145 million people are
faced with poverty. We lag behind countries with comparable per
capital income in most social indicators. Only 44 percent of our
population is literate, compared to an average of 64 percent of the
population in countries with similar per capital income. There are
also significant gaps in both literacy and health status. Gender
disparities in education remain significant.
INAUGURATION OF TAFFIC CUBICLE AT NISHTER GARDEN
Karachi is the biggest & busiest city of our
country. Due to heavy traffic and increasing population the greenery
and natural beauty of the city has been affected badly. Since Saddar
town is the largest town of city this is the reason that the
management of Town in collaboration with Arena Multimedia came up with
a scheme to beautify the town by placing the beautifully designed
traffic cubicles wherever there is a need of it. These cubicles are
especially designed to not only fulfill the need of Traffic Police,
but also carry public messages to educate the nation & serve the
purpose of improving the environmental beauty, as they are green in
colour and plant shape in look. In the initial stage five locations
have been identified to place the cubicles.
The first cubicle of this series has been placed on
Nishter Garden Road on December 18, 2003. The inauguration was done by
the Area Nazim, Saddar Town, Mr. Farooq Fariah. Mr. Arshad Khalil,
Master Franchisee, Arena Multimedia-Pakistan Operations, Mr. Zubair
Mughal, Coordinator TMO. Saddar Town, Mr. Marshal, Coordinator Nazim,
Saddar Town, Mr. Salman Zeni, Manager Operations Arena Multimedia, Mr.
Irfan Ahmed, Business Manager Arena Multimedia, Ms. Naveen Arshad,
Academic Head, Arena Multimedia, Ms. Samina Naz, Manager Promotions
Arena Multimedia, D.I.G Traffic and other management of Saddar Town
and General Public were present at the inauguration ceremony.