June 21 - 27, 2004



Pakistan's first cellular company Paktel, unveiled its logo at the First Paktel GSM Dealer's Convention in Islamabad. The convention brought together Paktel family members of more than 800 franchisees and staff from all over the country. This was the first ever event at such a massive scale in the cellular industry of Pakistan.
Present on the occasion were Mr. Xavier Rocoplan, CEO Paktel, Mr. Chris Bram, Sales Director Nokia Middle East, Mr. Sang Suk Roh, Country Manager, Samsung Electronics, Paktel's strategic partners and officials representing Mobilezone, United Mobiles, Red Communications and Asiatic Public Relations.



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 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 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 effective.

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.