Jan 17 - 30, 2005

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PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP HOLDS KEY TO SUSTAINABIE DEVELOPMENT: SENATOR TAHIRA LATIF

Senator Tahira Latif has that said public-private partnership holds the key to sustainable progress in every sphere of the country's development. The developed societies of the world who have attained remarkable progress and made their people affluent today is particularly due to the importance and high priority they have given to public-private partnership in all spheres of development. She made these remarks while addressing a distinguished gathering of educationists, public and private sector corporate executives and members of professional business bodies at a seminar organized by Preston University in Islamabad. Senator Tahira Latif maintained that the

 

 

issue of public-private partnership for development is indeed vital from Pakistan's point of view as the country has embarked on the path to rapid economic progress. She congratulated Preston University for organizing a seminar on the important subject, and expressed the hope that the endeavors made by it to highlight the benefits and significance of public-private partnership would remove a number of misconceptions from the minds of the policy makers vis-a-vis this issue. It would also help those responsible in the public and the private sector for promoting and strengthening this partnership for the country's development.

Prof. A.M.H. Kango, Chairman Pakistan Institute of Development and Prof. Waris Khan of Preston University made detailed presentations on the subject. They were of the explicit opinion that public-private partnership was the most effective way through which rapid progress in all spheres of development could be achieved. They maintained that the role of the government in this process of development should be that of a supporter and facilitator and that of the private sector executor. Prof. Kango and Prof. Waris further said that "if Pakistan was to truly attain rapid progress and prosperity, it will have to vigorously pursue public-private partnership for sustained development."

Earlier, in his welcome address on the occasion, Dr. Abdul Basit, Chancellor Preston University extended a very welcome to the Chief Guest, Senator Tahira Latif, Member Senate of Pakistan and the distinguished speakers and guests. He thanked Senator Tahira Latif for accepting the invitation of Preston to not only preside over the seminar as the chief guest but also give her valuable views on the topic. Dr. Basit also spoke on the subject and gave his views on the importance of public-private partnership particularly in the context of Pakistan's socio-economic development.

LG ELECTRONICS LAUNCHES WIRELESS LCD TV

LG Electronics is making inroads into the wireless electronics market with its first offering, a wireless 15-inch LCD TV.

This LCD TV, 15LW1R, was developed with an aim to provide the utmost in convenience when watching TV or any other kind of media without having to worry about the limits of conventional wires. This product revolutionizes the traditional concept of a "TV Room", as now any room can be your TV room.

The sleekly designed model, weighing just about 4kg, boasts LG Electronics' advanced wireless technology by allowing consumers to enjoy brilliant images (Resolution: 1024*768, Brightness: 450cd/) anywhere within 35M of the transmitter box. The LCD TV also offers an internal rechargeable battery, allowing up to 3 hours of viewing time.

In addition, this wireless LCD TV also functions as a wireless monitor and can access multimedia contents (JPEG, MPEG) on a PC. The transmitter box connects you to all your media sources and transfers the files wirelessly. This wireless monitor function is a distinct feature developed and offered only by LG Electronics. This feature truly gives the 15LW1R a unique selling point over other wireless LCD TV products.

The 15LW1R will be showcased in early January during CES 2005, the world's premier Consumer Electronics Show held in Las Vegas, Nevada. The product is then set to hit the markets in North America, Europe and Asia in early 2005 with the aim to occupy a large portion of the wireless electronics market.

HUMAN RESOURCE STRATEGY FORUM HELD

A Human Resource Forum on "The Future Role of Human Resource Management" is organized at a local hotel to highlight the role, which the people can play in success of a country. Nutshell countries leading management development and event management consulting firm organized this seminar.

 

 

Federal State Minister for Human Resource and Chairman National Commission for Human Resource Development Dr. Naseem Asharaf has inaugurated the seminar. He was also the chairman on this occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, the Federal Minister said: "The real wealth of a country is its people. It is the human factor that played a key role in the development of any nation. People of Pakistan are full of talent and it is up to us to harness this talent so that we can utilize them properly for the betterment of the country. He told the gathering that we have to work hard in such a way so as to remove the growing negative sentiments surrounding our people. He told the gathering that we have to create such an environment that the Pakistanis working off-shore should prefer to come back to Pakistan and work for their own countries good. He further said that the most important elements for success are skills; product quality and customer service and all these elements are heavily dependent on the available manpower.

Other prominent speakers in this conference are Syed Ali Raza President National Bank of Pakistan, Zafar Aziz Usmani Member Human Resource Management, Central Board of Revenue, and Simon Anderson Trainer British Council. Other then these, some other distinguished speakers from government and private sector have also participated.

PROFESSOR DR. AMANAT ALI JALBANI —SENIOR FACULTY MEMBER & COORDINATOR MS/PH.D PROGRAM AND CMD SZABIST — KARACHI.

Dr. Jalbani has played a key role in the Institutes' growth. He is the Coordinator of the MS/PhD Program & the Center of Management and Development [CMD - A Research and Consultancy Wing of SZABIST]. He is also a Committee Member and a major Advisor for the Research Projects, Thesis and Dissertation for the MS/PhD Program at SZABIST. He supervises M.Phil and Ph.D thesis/dissertations in different Universities of Pakistan. Dr. Jalbani, specializes in Privatization and Liberalization of the economies of the developing countries.

Dr Jalbani was instrumental in the establishment of the Center of Management and Development at SZABIST and submitted various Research Proposals to the International Donor Agencies in Pakistan. Dr. Jalbani is the author of over forty research papers and articles published in journals of international repute in Pakistan. He has served as an Assistant Editor of Commerce and Economic Review for many years. He is also a Member of various academic and non-academic bodies in and outside Pakistan. His depth and breadth of knowledge, his thoughtful approach, and his dedication to finding practical and efficient solutions has earned him the respect of both his colleagues and his students.

Dr. Jalbani received his PhD from Edinburgh University, UK, during 1992 in [Privatization and Liberalization] Management Sciences, Post graduation in Management from Scoula Mattei, Milano, Italy and Masters from the University of Sindh Jamshoro, Hyderabad , Pakistan.

Prior to SZABIST, he was hired to establish and lead a faculty involved in imparting cutting-edge education in the domain of Management Sciences at Isra University, Hyderabad to establish the department based on his reputation as an Academician and Researcher.

Dr. Jalbani started his career from the Department of Commerce at S. A Latif University, Khairpur as a lecturer during the year 1978 where he established the department and proceeded to becoming a Professor during the year 1995. He also worked as the Chairman of the same Department. He established there a very good reputation as an Academician and Researcher.

A NEW BEGINNING IN THE HISTORY OF CUSTOMS & TRADE

Karachi International Container Terminal (KICT) in collaboration with Pakistan Customs organized a two-session seminar today to brief the business community regarding the automated customs clearance system set to be functional on March 23, 2005 under the Customs Administrative Reforms (CARE) programme, an initiative of the Central Board of Revenue.

The Chief Guest for the first session was Mr. Muhammad Ramzan, Member (Customs), Central Board of Revenue, whilst the second session was presided over by Mr. Abdullah Yusuf, Chairman, Central Board of Revenue (CBR).

The automated systems of workings designed to replace the current manual and personalized system is set to bring a lot of improvement in the cargo clearance process and will thus greatly benefit all industry players. The procedure will not only bring speed and transparency but will also be geared up to meet the current and future challenges facing Pakistan's trade.

At the seminar, the efforts of the CARE Project Team, its vision and working relationship with KICT towards achieving this dynamic goal was appreciated by Mr. Abdullah Yusuf, Chairman CBR.

'KICT is proud to have been selected as the pilot-project site for implementation and thus have the privilege of playing a key role in the shift from the present regime of 100% inspection to a modern risk management system' stated Mr. Khurram S. Abbas, Chief Executive Officer of KICT, whilst stressing on the importance of the reforms being introduced under the CARE project. 'CARE is designed to provide maximum facilitation to the trade and transform the logistics supply chain into an efficient system, added Mr. Abbas.

"The reforms programme represents a major step forward in the way cargo will be handled in Pakistan. The basic objective of CARE is to ensure the expeditious clearance of cargo in the most simplified manner and would greatly enhance the necessary infrastructure required to gear up trade and industry to compete in this global competitive environment", stated Mr. Azhar Majeed Khalid, Collector Appraisement & Project Director CARE.

'It is public-private partnership and this is the reason for starting this project from KICT. All the stakeholders have been taken into confidence while devising this system. More seminars and training sessions are to be conducted in the coming weeks to further impart information to the stakeholders', added Project Director CARE.

KICT is a member of the Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH) Group, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the multinational conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa Limited (HWL). HPH is the world's leading port investor, developer and operator with interests in 17 countries throughout Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and the Americas. Today, HPH operates in a total of 35 ports together with a number of transportation related service companies.

PANASONIC DECIDES TO LAUNCH A MEDIA DRIVE

Pervez Khan Deputy General Manager MEI Co, Ltd Karachi Liaison Office, M. Khalid Niaz Service Manager MEI Karachi Liaison Office, Hasan Irfan Khan Attorney-At-Law United Trademark & Patent Services, Mahmood Naqvi G.M Sales and Marketing Panasonic Gulf FZE and Masaki Okamoto Product Manager Panasonic Marketing Middle East FZE addressing the Panasonic Anti Fake Press conference.