Jan 05 - Jan 11, 2004



Mr. Tariq Ikram, Minister of State and Chairman EPB recently paid a visit to two projects in the Korangi Industrial Area Karachi financed by EPB through the Export Development Fund (EDF). Both the projects have been sponsored by the Pakistan Tanners Association (PTA).Mr. Tariq Ikram first visited the under construction Combined Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP) for Korangi Tanneries. The plant would treat industrial effluent being generated by around 170 tanneries located in the Korangi tannery cluster. He reviewed progress of the construction work and discussed financing and completion plans of the project with its management committee. He was provided briefing by Mr. Gulzar Firoz, President of the PTA (SZ) Environmental Society and other members of the Society.



Civil works for the CETP are 90% complete while around 60% completion has been achieved in its mechanical and electrical works. The plant is expected to enter the commissioning phase in 6 months time after completion of the construction works.

Upon its completion, the plant would be able to treat 16,500 cubic meters per day of tannery effluent and 26,500 cubic meters per day of municipal sewage that is presently being discharged into the Korangi Creek without any treatment. Effluent treated by the plant would meet the National Environmental Quality Standards (NEQS).

After visiting CETP, the Chairman EPB paid a visit to the National Institute for Leather Technology (NILT) also located within Korangi Tannery Cluster. A presentation on the working of the institute was made by Mr. Naeem Javed, Chairman NILT and District Nazim Sialkot. Subsequently various aspects of the working of NILT were discussed at length between Chairman EPB and members of the management committee of NILT.

The institute is conducting regular classes from 1998 for its two-year diploma and one-year certificate programmes in the filed of leather technology. It has also conducted several short courses for skill development of the human resource serving the leather industry. The NILT is about to start new courses in field of leather garments and leather goods.


Rastgar & Company Pvt. Ltd. (RASTGAR) exhibited a range of world class branded compressors at the 1st Hardlinks Exhibition 2003 held in Karachi. The Pakistan Hardware Merchants Association organized the exhibition.

RASTGAR, the exclusive distributors of CompAir Compressors and Ultrafilter in Pakistan received a tremendous response from visitors including, industrialists, entrepreneurs, engineers and manufacturers.

The equipments and compressors displayed by RASTGAR were widely received, as the attendees were able to gain extensive and invaluable information about the latest technologies available to them for swift and cost effective operational productivity.

The RASTGAR products at the display were, CompAir Compressors, Ultrafilter Refrigerant Air dryer, Ultrafilter Pre-Filter and Ultrafilter Sub micro Filter.

Mr. Maqsood Zulfqar, Director, Rastgar & Co., said "through this platform, Rastgar being amongst the premier distributors of quality compressors and ultra filters, would like to emphasize the fact that branded machinery plays a vital role in enhancing performance and productivity."


Mr. Zubair Ahmed Malik, President of Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) has vehemently condemned the dastardly attack by terrorists on President Musharraf's convoy in Rawalpindi. He expressed his deep concern at the two pronged suicide attack in which sixteen people lost their lives and as many as 50 were seriously injured.




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 revolutionary reforms to achieve the objectives of a modern Islamic State. Mr. Malik made these remarks while addressing a seminar.

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. Government must utilize the foreign exchange for the prosperous of common people.


Pakistan Airline Pilots' Association announced a series of events to commemorate its 50th year of operations.A month-long celebrations have been in progress since December 10, 2003 and will continue up to January 10, 2004, with several fun-filled activities planned for PALPA members throughout Pakistan. The events include a Golden Jubilee Mascot design competition for PALPA kids, Gala Fun Fair, Cricket Tournament, entertainment evenings in all major cities culminating in an Air Safety Seminar on Flight Duty Time (FDT)/Fatigue. Many foreign and local experts will speak about the repercussions of FDT in particular and flight safety in general.

Highlighting the role of PALPA in the aviation industry, Captain N. A. Bucha, President PALPA said; "PALPA is an association of Pilots with one voice and a singular mission, that is, aviation safety and security for both passengers and pilots, and FDT is a major concern in ensuring this mission." ~


Zain Rizvi, a 16-year-old student from Frobels, Islamabad has been selected as one of the winners for the Unilever International Art Project for Schools 2003, for his impressive entry entitled "Memories of California". The talented young artist's work is being exhibited at the Tate Modern Gallery of London a great achievement for the youngster and a source of great pride for the nation.

Cathay Pacific Airways recently awarded the winners of its Sell, Dial & Win Competition in Pakistan. The three grand prizes of the competition were cash prizes of Rs.200,000, Rs.100,000 and Rs.50,000. The competition was held amongst frontline travel agents. Seen in the picture are the winners of the competition along with Darayus Happy Minwalla, General Manager Cathay Pacific Pakistan, Afghanistan and the CIS, and Richard McCallum, Assistant to GM Cathay Pacific Pakistan, Afghanistan and CIS.


Pakistan State Oil (PSO), the country's largest oil marketing company, signed an agreement with United Nations International Development Organization (UNIDO) for the promotion of E-learning in Pakistan. On PSO's behalf, the Managing Director, Mr. Tariq Kirmani, inked the agreement while Dr. Carlos Chanduvi-Suarez represented the UNIDO.

Under this agreement, PSO would be exclusively sponsoring 10,000 E-learning cards to promote training and self-training skills for meritorious individuals in selected institutions in collaboration with UNIDO.The promotion for this support for education will be done by PSO through its extensive dealers network.

The E-learning initiative will be based on scratch cards, which will be donated to local institutes, universities and NGOs. These can be accessed through the PSO website (www.psocl.com) through the Long Life Learning Portal.

The user can register into the system by obtaining scratch card/PIN code and create a user account. This will allow students to view the catalogue of available courses, select one and download the course. Upon successful completion of course, the end-user would be awarded on E-certificate.

More than 400 courses developed by top companies and experts in their respective fields are easily accessible from any location in the country. These include general management courses, communication and presentation skills, IT courses including CISCO, Oracle, Microsoft, programming and E-Commerce.

This unique initiative from PSO further adds value to strategic corporate citizenship, under which PSO is already sponsoring various programs in education, health traffic and road safety. The company has also maintained an admirable record of accomplishments with regard to donations and charities as part of its social corporate responsibility.

PSO's initiative in E-learning augments the Government of Pakistan's programme to support and promote education in general and computer-based learning in particular for human capital development in Pakistan.


The specialized global healthcare insurer in Pakistan has recently launched 'Product for Masses' in Pakistan, bringing forth opportunities to the people in the country to obtain specialized healthcare at extremely affordable prices.

With exceptional offerings, such as cover for pre-existing ailments along with individual hospitalization coverage for each insured person and 24 hours 'hospitalization admissions assistance' the product is designed as a unique facility to common man.

All full time workers along with their spouses and dependent children upto age 25 can be covered under the scheme. Maximum benefit limits available are as high as Rs 50,000, which includes hospital, care. The product is priced at a very low and affordable premium rate of Rs100 per month.



Mr. Ahmirud Deen, the Managing Director & CEO, Allianz EFU stated, "We take pride in our product offerings to Pakistan. It is in line with our objectives of making quality healthcare available to all. The new launch, 'Product for Masses' will bring about a change in which health care is viewed in Pakistan."

Allianz EFU is Pakistan's first and only specialized health insurance company. It is the only company that offers health insurance solutions to individuals, families, companies and voluntary groups. Allianz EFU Health Insurance is a joint venture between Allianz Group and EFU Group. Founded in 1890 in Germany, Allianz AG has 60 million clients in over 70 countries, with a broad range of services via an international network of subsidiaries.