Aug 29 - Sep 04, 2005

 

WORKSHOP ON CAREER PLANING

Department of Public Administration (University of Karachi) in on its pinnacle under the dynamic leadership of Prof. Dr. Syed Humayun, Chairman Department of Public Administration (DPA), University of Karachi.
As part of extra curricular activities, a workshop on "Career Planning" was held at Department of Public Administration, Karachi University on 6th August. The event was organized by a group of MPA (Previous) students and was attended by several students of the Department.
Mr. Tariq Shamim Durrani, an ex-student of the same department was invited to conduct this session. Mr. Durrani, who is currently working as an Asst. Brand Manager at Cambridge Garments enjoyed vast experience in selection and recruitment process at

PSO and Indus Motors. He enlightened the participants with his valuable knowledge on the subject that was of great help to the participants and further enhanced their knowledge regarding latest trends and techniques being practiced in the market.

Mr. Durrani highlighted the importance of effective Resume writing, current trends in Resume writing, and essential aspects of Resume which are required by organizations. Mr. Durrani also discussed some major issues concerning interviewing skills. He discussed various aspects and considerations which are observed in an interview. He also promised the junior students for mock interview sessions at the department by the end of this year.

At the end of the event Dr. Syed Humayun raised the issues related to Job opportunities and emphasized on the necessity to equip graduating students with skills related to job searching and interviews. Dr. Humayun conveyed an appreciation note and showed gratitude to the guest speaker and anticipated for similar response from the speaker in future.

STANDARD CHARTERED WINS CONSUMER CHOICE AWARD

At a ceremony organized by Consumer Association of Pakistan, Standard Chartered won the Consumers Choice Award 2004 for Credit Cards.

Award recipients were identified through a comprehensive and objective survey, judged by customer satisfaction polling and finally by the governing body of Consumers Association of Pakistan (CAP).

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Raheel Ahmed, Head of Consumer Banking, Standard Chartered Bank, said: "Standard Chartered Bank is the first Bank in Pakistan to receive this award and we are very proud of this. Standard Chartered's brand promise is to be the right partner of all its stakeholders, which it endeavours to fulfil by delivering the best quality product and service. We thank our customers for their confidence in our products because this acknowledgement has come from them."

Standard Chartered Bank has a comprehensive credit cards product suite and nearly a decade of expertise and experience in the Credit Cards industry. The Visa Credit Card was launched in 1996, followed by the MasterCard Credit Card in December 1999. Pakistan's first and only frequent flyer co-brand credit card, the Standard Chartered - PIA Co Brand Credit Card was launched in 2003, which was the largest alliance of its kind. Standard Chartered continued to be a major force in redefining the Credit Cards industry with the launch of Easy Credit - the credit card with the convenience of a chequebook. Pakistan's first ever-mini credit card was launched by Standard Chartered in November 2004.

HABIB BANK LAUNCHES VALUE VISA DEBIT CARD

Habib Bank Limited (HBL) has recently announced the launch of its Value Visa Debit Card at a press briefing held at the bank's premises. Mr. James Murray, Executive Vice President, South & East Asia, Visa International; and Mr. R. Zakir Mahmood, President & CEO, Habib Bank Limited, were present to mark this important occasion.

Among other prominent attendees, were: Mr. Santanu Mukerjee, Country Manager-South Asia, Visa International; Mr. Jamil A Khan, SEVP & GE-Retail Banking Group, HBL; and Ms Zubina Sadick, SVP & Head-Consumer Products & Marketing Division, HBL.

Speaking at the occasion, Zakir Mahmood said that the vision of the bank is to be recognized as the leading financial institution of Pakistan and a dynamic international bank in the emerging markets. "We have always taken pride in providing our customers with premium products and services, while offering superior value to our stakeholders," he added.

The bank's colossal presence in Pakistan's financial and commercial sectors has ameliorated over the decades. Focusing on the needs of the masses, Habib Bank Limited was the pioneer in bringing the ease, convenience and security of ATM/Debit Card products. Continuing with its legacy of constant innovation and value addition, HBL re-launches its ATM/Debit Card now with the Visa affiliation.

Packed with Visa power, Value Debit Card can be used for payment of purchases not only at thousands of outlets in Pakistan but also at over 20 million outlets worldwide, where Visa Cards are accepted. Value Debit Card can also be used at 864, 000 ATMs worldwide.

And that's not all, the family members of card holders too can enjoy the convenience and benefits of Habib Bank's Value Debit Cad through the Habib Bank Value Supplementary Debit Card.

VISA EXPANDS BUSINESS OPERATIONS

Visa International, the world's leading payment brand and largest payment system worldwide, announced its expansion of business operations in Pakistan with the commitment to open an office in Karachi by early 2006.

"Pakistan is an important market for us. With the modernization of the banking industry in Pakistan and the impressive growth of card issuance and market expansion, the country is now well poised for the proliferation of electronic payment services," said James Murray, Executive Vice President South and Southeast Asia, Visa, Asia Pacific in a discussion with journalists in Karachi.

Visa's commitment to sharing global best practices and helping Pakistan adopt the latest technology will bring significant benefits to the development of financial and payment services in Pakistan.

Murray added, "Establishing a closer presence in Pakistan will help us accelerate our activities and further our close relationships with local member banks and other partners. The increased use of payment cards among Pakistani consumers makes this an ideal time for us to reinforce our commitment to developing Pakistan's electronic payment infrastructure."

WAQAR A MALIK

NEW CHIEF OF ICI PAKISTAN LIMITED

Mr. Waqar A Malik has been appointed as the Chief Executive of ICI Pakistan Limited, with effect from 1st October 2005, replacing Mr. John R Stoney who will be returning to the UK with ICI Plc.

Prior to this appointment, Waqar Malik was the Chief Executive of Pakistan PTA Limited, which is an ICI group Company in Pakistan. He is a Chartered Accountant by profession and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales. He has been with ICI Pakistan for almost 20 years.

He has worked in ICI Pakistanís Chemicals, Life Sciences (formerly Pharmaceuticals), Agrochemicals, Paints and Polyester Staple Fibre Businesses in Finance and Commercial roles from 1985 to 1993. In 1994, he was transferred to ICIís Group Headquarters in London where he served as Corporate Finance Manager on a two-year secondment in the Corporate Finance Department, a Board Support function with responsibility for mergers, corporate restructurings, financing arrangements, dividend policy etc. During his secondment he also worked closely with ICI Plcís Corporate Planning and Strategy Department on a major corporate portfolio-restructuring project.

In 1996, he returned to Pakistan and was appointed General Manager Finance and Planning for ICI Pakistan, which included responsibilities for Treasury, Tax and Corporate Reporting. In 1998, he was appointed General Manager and later on became Vice President of Polyester Staple Fibre Business in Lahore. He was also a Director on ICI Pakistan Board and Chief Executive of ICI Pakistan PowerGen Limited.

Mr Malik has held position as Member of Board of Governors of Fatima Jinnah Medical College and is a Member of the Managing Committee of the Overseas Investors Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OICCI) and heads its Taxation Committee.

LAUNCH OF DANCOM DSL FOR AKD TRADE CLIENTS

AKD Trade and DANCOM online celebrated the launch of their collaboration to provide high speed DSL Internet/VPN connection to AKD Trade clients, at Marriot Hotel Karachi. The function was marked with the presence of Mr. Nadeem Naqvi, CEO AKD Securities, Mr. M. Lukman Kamil, CEO DANCOM Online, and various top executives of the financial community.

DSL Internet/VPN connection for AKD Trade customer will ensure that online stock trading will now be faster and more secure compared to the current dial up and cable connections. Furthermore, the VPN connection enables orders to be placed and executed with no disruption or delays, even if the connection to the Internet has been down.

The DSL Internet/VPN connection, exclusively available to AKD customers provides a cost efficient Internet and VPN connection. Priced at PKR 999 per month, the installation of the connection is free of cost, and as a promotional scheme, the first 1000 customers will be provided with free modems.

FEDEX GSP PAKISTAN CELEBRATES AZADI SPECIAL WEEK

To commemorate Pakistan's Independence Day, Gerry's International, FedEx GSP Pakistan has announced an exclusive discount offer for International Shippers on all outbound services from August 8 to 14, 2005 under the name of

"This exclusive scheme will be applicable throughout Pakistan for anyone booking cash shipments through any of FedEx World Service Centers located nationwide. This act of patronage is to show solidarity, unity and celebrate the 14th Aug, the Independence Day of the Pakistan. This is another way of simply providing service, quality with a touch of convenience and economical pricing for people who intend to send any of their shipment in more than 220 countries worldwide.

"FedEx Express the world's largest Air Express Company is dedicated to provide express solutions to fully satisfy its customers' needs." said Jawaid Siddiqui, General Manager, FedEx GSP Pakistan. "All our strategies are customer focused and we are committed to provide convenience to all the patriots of Pakistan, on this happy occasion, the Independence Day of Pakistan."