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
"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 FLAGS NEW FREIGHTER ROUTE TO
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.
MAP PHARMACON 2004
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
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
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.
UNDP APPOINTS NEW DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT IN
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
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.
AIRBLUE LAUNCHES E-TICKETING USING CITIBANK
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."