Addressing the excited gathering, Mr. Rocoplan
reviewed Paktel's journey to the GSM launch from 1990 to 2004, and
discussed the future plans of the company. "I would like to
celebrate our success as a team in taking Paktel to new heights of
revolutionary cellular telephony. "he said. "Paktel's GSM
roll out plan is the most aggressive ever, with 150 million dollars of
investment done in the infrastructure and implementation of the
network," he informed the gathering. He also announced the
company's aggressive plan to expand their network to about 150 cities
nation wide. He told the audience that the new network would have a
capacity of handling more than 2 million connections.
Berger Paints has launched the Contractors' Haj/Umrah
Scheme to offer a lifetime opportunity to its contractors to perform
Haj or Umrah. The scheme has been highly lauded by the contractors.
EMIRATES ENGINEERING COMPLETES MAJOR
RECONFIGURATION OF AIRBUS FLEET
Emirates engineers have successfully completed one
of the most ambitious and extensive aircraft reconfiguration projects
they have ever undertaken.
The timely and successful completion of the project
has helped the airline maintain its dramatic expansion and provided it
with the extra capacity needed to meet ever-increasing market demand.
Emirates signed a Lease Agreement for a fleet of
eight Airbus A340-300 jets in September 2003. The support and
commitment of many suppliers was needed to reconfigure them to
Emirates' standards so they could enter service to timetable, the
first in March 2004 and the eighth by June 2004.
The greatest challenge was to define the
engineering tasks, procure the necessary materials, and convert the
entire fleet in the short time set. This meant making parts much
faster than usual, and having to work on two aircraft at once.
SSGC'S REVOLUTIONIZES GAS BILL TECHNOLOGY
SSGC and IBM signed an agreement regarding Laser
Gas Bill Printing in a prestigious ceremony held in Islamabad. The
signing ceremony was presided over by the Federal Minister for
Petroleum and Natural Resources, Ch. Nauraiz Shakoor Khan. The
agreement was signed by Munawar Baseer Ahmad, MD SSGC and Humayun
Bashir, Country General Manager of IBM Pakistan.
Speaking on the occasion, Ch. Nauraiz Shakoor
commended the SSGC's efforts to integrate its customers and business
using the state of art "Laser Bill Printing technology."
"SSGC's technology drive is in line with government's customer
facilitation and IT policy", he said. He was delighted to note
that one of the world leading IT companies had done a major IT
investment through SSGC in Pakistan and assured government's support
for all technology initiatives.
Munawar Baseer Ahmad, Managing Director SSGC, spoke
on the technology initiatives SSGC had adopted to connect everything
that mattered; by the year 2005 making SSGC the most IT enabled
company in Pakistan. He informed that SSGC bills had been given a
totally new look and IBM's laser printing technology was used to bring
clarity and accuracy in information on the gas bills. He further added
that the use of Bar Codes on the new gas bills would make bill receipt
and processing by the collection points easy, efficient and cost
Andreas Kerstan, VP IBM, Europe, Middle East and
Africa (CEMA), assured IBM's leading role and support in all
technology initiatives and was happy to see the alignment of business
with IT in Pakistan, which was the business model adopted by the
leading organizations of the world.
ENGR. MUHAMMAD ANWAR USMAN nominated as Vice
Chairman of FPCCI
Engr. Muhammad Anwar Usman, Managing Director of
Universal Board and Industries Ltd has been nominated as Vice Chairman
of Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI)
standing committee on "World Trade Organization". He is an
industrialist and an entrepreneur. Mr. Anwar completed his Bachelors
in Electronic and Communication Engineering from the University of
Liverpool, UK in 1997 and joined Perfect Engineering Works as
Operations and Technical Support Manager. He has also worked for
Siemens Pakistan Engineering and Philips Electrical Industries of
Pakistan. After few years of work experience he decided to get
professional degree in computer sciences and did MSc in Business
Information Technology from prestigious University of Manchester
Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), UK in 2001. Later he
joined Metropolitan Bank as one of the team leader for Information
Systems Development and Consultancy. He is also Lecturing, Consulting
Projects and writing/supervising research papers for MS/PhD level
program at SZABIST. He is also a writer of Pakistan and Gulf Economist
magazine as well.