PAKTEL HOLDS SEMINAR ON
MOBLIE PHONE THEFT ISSUE
Paktel Limited, the pioneer
in mobile telephony in Pakistan, has taken the lead to address the
increasingly menacing mobile phone theft issue by organizing the first
ever seminar on the subject. The seminar held in Islamabad, sought
active representation and participation of all stakeholders who are
involved in the cellular mobile telephony sectors of the
telecommunication industry in the country. It also discussed the
regulatory safeguards that have to be put in place to deal
successfully with the issue. Mr. Awais Ahmed Khan Leghari, Federal
Minister for information Technology and Telecommunication, was the
chief guest at the event.
The purpose of this seminar
was to provide an opportunity to all individuals, agencies and
organizations involved to discuss all relevant aspects of the mobile
phone theft issue. The stakeholders included the government, the
mobile phone operators, handset manufacturers, mobile phone vendors,
the media and the users themselves. The participants discussed the
regulatory safeguards which may be taken to cope with the issue and
specifically the Electronic Information Register of EIR solution. It
also discussed the measure adopted by different countries and the
adoption of policy initiatives best suited to Pakistan.
MERCK MARKET LAUNCHES 2006
Merck Marker, a subsidiary of
German Merck KGaA, recently launched its 2006 Calendar at Mohatta
Palace Museum. Merck Marker through its calendars strives to project a
modern and soft image of Pakistan by supporting local art and has been
doing so since 2003. The Merck Calendar has become part of a cultural
wave-Better and more beautiful each year.
Merck decided that for the
2006 Calendar, glimpses of the diverse landscapes of all the regions
of Pakistan expressed by different renowned painters should be
S ASIAN MANAGEMENT FORUM ON
Nutshell Forum will organize
a two-day South Asian Management Forum (SAMF) at a local hotel on
December 09 & 10, 2005. The aim of this conference is to carry out
an in-depth discussion on issues such as Strategic Leadership,
Technology & Globalization in South Asian region's perspective.
Speakers from India,
Malaysia, Singapore, United States of America, Canada, United Kingdom,
Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh will join their counterparts in
Pakistan to deliberate and give their expert views during different
technical sessions of this conference.
ALMURTAZA'S FASHION DIRECTORY
"Almurtaza Machinery Co.
is publishing a Directory of Fashion Designers of Pakistan. This will
be the first complete guide, and all interested fashion designers are
requested to contact: Saif Ahmad, Almurtaza Machinery Co. at
021-4543060-65, Fax 021-4546555, E-mail email@example.com
BMA BULLISH ON PAKISTAN'S
BMA Capital, Pakistan's
premier investment firm, has just issued a comprehensive report on
Pakistan's fertilizer industry. The report, entitled "Harvesting
Growth", presents a positive outlook for the fertilizer sector.
The economic boom in the country has enabled impressive agricultural
growth, putting pressure on domestic suppliers of fertilizer, with
demand outstripping supply. As local producers scramble to maximise
their production to meet the rising demand, BMA Capital feels that the
sector is poised for continued growth.
BMA anticipates short to
medium term fundamentals of the sector to remain strong and fertilizer
demand drivers to remain highly positive. Agricultural growth over the
past four years has had a CAGR of 4.1% per annum, with a 5% Year on
Year (YoY) increase in area under cultivation, with much improved
yields per hectare. Wheat and cotton support prices have been raised.
Irrigation and water availability should improve after President
Musharraf announced Rs. 64bn four-year program to brick-line 80,000
watercourses, which should cut water loss by 30% and conserve about 20
million acre feet (MAF) of water annually.
The GoP's approved Agri-credit
disbursement target for FY06 now stands at Rs. 130 billion, and
targets have been met by all the large providers to date. Thus Urea
demand, which makes up 78% of local fertilizer demand, is expected to
grow at 3% and Di-Ammonium Phosphate (DAP) demand expected to grow at
2.5% despite local urea and DAP prices rising with 5yr CAGREs of 5.4%
and 9.8% respectively.