Sep 27 - Oct 03, 2004



NCR Corporation, (NYSE: NCR), announce recently that Syed Veqar ul Islam has been appointed to the newly created position of NCR Solutions Managing Director, Pakistan. Veqar ul Islam will report to Stelios Fragkos, NCR Solutions vice president for the Middle East/Africa region, and will be responsible for growing NCR's complete portfolio of customer transaction and data warehousing solutions within Pakistan, as well Afghanistan and Bangladesh.
"The regional demand for NCR's broad spectrum of products, software and services continues to grow," said Stelios Fragkos. "To address this demand, we have consolidated the solution sales and delivery functions for NCR's Retail Store Automation,



Financial Self Service, Payments and Imaging, Teradata Warehousing, Systemedia and Customer Services business units under a single leader within certain geographic markets. This centralized management structure with cross-organizational authority is designed to streamline our customer communications and service interactions and will enable NCR to provide more comprehensive technology solutions."

"Veqar is a highly recognized professional in the IT industry with nearly twenty years of NCR experience," Fragkos continued. "His depth of industry knowledge, strong regional business ties and intense focus on customer satisfaction will enable us to further solidify and extend NCR's market share within Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh."

Veqar ul Islam joined NCR in 1985 and most recently headed up NCR's businesses in Pakistan. His background includes significant experience in IT sales, Marketing and business operations. In recent years, he has been personally involved in several of the largest IT projects in the Pakistan's history and was also instrumental in the expansion of the data warehouse and customer relationship management markets within Pakistan.

Veqar ul Islam holds a master's degree in commerce from Karachi University. He is based in Islamabad.

NCR Solutions Managing Director for Pakistan, Afghanistan & Bangladesh Syed Veqar ul Islam.


Emirates SkyCargo announced during the 22nd International Air Cargo Forum and Exposition held in Bilbao, the north-eastern Spanish city, that it is set to start offering dedicated cargo freighter services to Lahore, the second largest city in Pakistan and an important industrial centre, and Johannesburg, South Africa's commercial capital.

Both scheduled freighter services will commence on 1st October and operate weekly. The Lahore route will be served by a Boeing 747-200F with a payload of 100 tonnes, and the Johannesburg route will be operated by a dedicated Boeing 747-400F with a capacity of 124 tonnes.

The Dubai-Lahore freighter service, offering unbeatable tonnage and volume to the city, will return via Taipei and Dhaka. Currently, Emirates SkyCargo offers 100 tonnes of belly-hold capacity in the Boeing 777 passenger service that serves Lahore four times a week.

The new service will help fuel industrial production and is ideal for goods that cannot be carried in the belly-hold due to weight, volume or dimensional restrictions. It will make possible timely supply of capital goods such as oil-well equipment, electronic items and computers, machinery for the cottage and textile industries, raw materials for the textile industry and advanced surgical equipment.


Marketing Association of Pakistan will be hosting the first ever "MAP PHARMACON 2004" in Karachi from October 8 to 9.

This Pharmaceutical industry specific congress, open for participation to MAP members and non-members, will bring together outstanding business leaders, industry specialists, pharmaceutical marketing gurus, experts and consultants from all over the country as well as overseas.



Like most other industries today, the Pharmaceutical industry is undergoing rapid change. As part of that change Pharmaceutical companies now seek new ways to enhance their brand equity, rather than continue to invest solely within their traditional boundaries, catering to physicians, hospitals and the pharmaceutical trade.

Existing drug laws in many countries including Pakistan still restrict direct-to-consumer (DTC) marketing, but that in no way stops both local and MNC pharmaceutical companies from competing in newer ways. Thus in addition to aggressive trade-marketing techniques, these companies now rely on their ability to apply modern marketing tools and techniques to the profession.

At the same time, growing consumer health awareness among end-users of pharmaceuticals, is forcing companies to take the lead in winning the hearts and minds of their consumers. That is one of the reasons why consumer-healthcare as a sub-discipline, has assumed tremendous importance in countries in the region, and is set to make an entry into Pakistan.

The 2-Day, MAP Pharmacon 2004, offers a limited number of seats to Members & non-Members. Those interested in participating in this landmark event should contact the MAP Secretariat for more details.


The United Nations Development Programme has appointed Mr. Haoliang Xu as Deputy Resident Representative and Director Development in Pakistan.

Mr. Xu's career with UNDP includes assignments in Timor Leste, Iran and Kazakhstan. He has also worked for the Regional Bureau for Asia and Pacific, Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS. Mr. Xu, who is a Chinese national, completed his education in Columbia University where he obtained a Masters in International Relations in 1994. He also holds an MSc in Management from Stevens Institute of Technology, New Jersey and a Bachelors of Engineering from Tongji University, Shanghai.

Mr. Xu succeeds Ms. Lena Lindberg in the capacity of Deputy Resident Representative, who has left Pakistan upon completion of her assignment.


Habib Oil Mills (HOM) recently inaugurated its Automatic Hitech filling and packaging Facility of Edible Oil (banaspati and cooking oil) at its plant in Karachi. The new filling facility has a capacity of 600 metric tons per day with modern warehousing facility for 1000 metric tons.

The staff members who have served the company for the last 25 years inaugurated the facility.

The new filling, packaging and warehousing facility has been built in line with the International Standards of Quality, Environment (ISO 14000) and Food Safety (HACCP). Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Tanwir Hassan, Managing Director, Habib Oil Mills, said, "I am proud of this achievement which is due to the efforts of all the employees of this company."

On the occasion he also announced a cash bonus of Rs. 2000/- for all the employees of Habib Oil Mills.


Citibank N.A. and Airblue announced the introduction of E-ticketing facility using the Citibank Payment Gateway, which enables customers to purchase tickets online.

Citibank's Payment Gateway enables organizations to use a Rupee-based Internet Merchant Service facility to accept Visa/MasterCard transactions online.



"Companies are increasingly realizing the importance of customer convenience and value addition," said Citibank's Consumer Business Manager, Ahmed Khizer Khan. "As the first and only bank to provide online payment facility, Citibank is helping these companies in offering their customers state-of-the-art payment solutions."