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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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."