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