Pak-Qatar Takaful holds Town Halls for 2019

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Karachi(Cliff News)Pak-Qatar Takaful group held its Town Hall events featuring, Mr. Said Gul, member board of directors, to align the strategic Business Growth plans for Pak-Qatar Takaful for the year 2019 and beyond. The events also featured Mr. Zahid Awan, CEO of Pak-Qatar General Takaful, Mr. Nasir Ali Syed, CEO of Pak-Qatar Family Takaful, Mr. Muhammad Menhas, Deputy CEO, Pak-Qatar Family Takaful, Mr. Saqib Zeeshan, Deputy CEO, Pak-Qatar General Takaful and Mr. Kamran Saleem, Group CFO, Pak-Qatar Takaful group.Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Said Gul said: “I would like to congratulate my team for the hard work and efforts for achieving 2018 business targets. The Takaful Distribution Team performed very well across Pakistan and are fully motivated to achieve business targets set for the year 2019”.  He further added that, much more coordinated efforts are required to increase number of participants in order to offer convenience to the valuable participants and emphasized upon using digital technology with focus on customer-centric approach thus terming it as the key to sustainable business growth and success.Muhammad Menhas, DCEO PQFTL said: “Pak-Qatar Family Takaful, as the first and largest Family Takaful operator, is viewed as the key influencer in the progression and advancements in the field of Islamic finance. From establishment of operations just 10 years ago to a franchise that boasts more than 70 locations across 60 cities in Pakistan, is phenomenal growth indeed and something we are all extremely proud of. Today’s gathering is a clear reflection of the Group’s commitment that we endeavor to strengthen and grow our business in this market. I would like to thank Mr. Said Gul, and the senior colleagues from the Group for their continuous support and wish all of you many more successful years ahead”.Top performing Takaful distribution representatives of Pak-Qatar Takaful for 2018 were applauded and presented mementos as a token of appreciation by the company.

Need to raise awareness about fortification of flour, ghee & oil stressed

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Karachi(Cliff News)Chief Executive Officer of Thardeep Rural Development Program (TRDP) Allah Nawaz Soomro has stressed the need to raise awareness about fortification of flour, ghee and oil amongst the masses particularly millers, traders, retailers and wholesalers as millions of people mostly women and children across the country were suffering terribly due to severe malnutrition.Speaking at an Orientation Session organized jointly by KCCI, TRDP, Food Fortification Program and UK Aid, CEO TRDP said that there was absolutely no harm in fortifying flour, oil and ghee with Vitamin A, Vitamin D and other minerals which are essential for a healthy human body therefore, the importance of fortification must be promoted amongst people from all walks of life with a view to ensure a healthy society.The session was attended by President KCCI Junaid Esmail Makda, Vice President KCCI Asif Sheikh Javaid, Former Vice President Agha Shahab Ahmed Khan, Managing Committee Members, representatives from Sindh Food Authority, and others.CEO TRDP, while referring to numerous activities undertaken by TRDP in association with Government of Pakistan, Government of Sindh and UK Aid, informed that during all these activities and awareness sessions, the participants were sensitized about the addition of vitamins, iron and other minerals in flour, ghee and oil to provide nutrient filled food for children and women to overcome the malnutrition and stunted growth. “Addition of vitamins and other minerals to these household commodities would lead to disease prevention, boost immunity and improve cognitive development and productivity”, he added.He said that the around 1 million households across Sindh province have benefitted from TRDP and they have established a total of 22 offices all over Sindh with a staff of around 1400 while a total of 35,000 women have been trained so far in the agriculture and garments sectors.He suggested that TRDP can collaborate with Karachi Chamber in the field of Research & Development and both institutions can carry out studies, perform surveys and identify issues.Underscoring the need for devising legislations about fortifications of flour, ghee & oil, he said that the government was currently working on the said legislations and draft has been prepared but it was going to take a lot of time as it was at initial stages.In response, President KCCI Junaid Esmail Makda, while agreeing to CEO TRDP’s suggestion, advised to sign a Memorandum of Understanding between KCCI and TRDP so that both institutions could jointly carry out awareness campaigns in the larger interest of the country, particularly Sindh province.President KCCI pointed out that Pakistan has a high burden of malnutrition and the country is facing health and economic consequences due to under-nutrition. The National Nutrition Survey of Pakistan found that majority of children and women of reproductive age suffer from multiple micronutrient deficiencies which was a very serious issue that requires special attention.Referring to Prime Minister’s first speech to the nation, Junaid Makda said that PM Imran Khan quoted a report of the UNDP which reads that Pakistan is amongst the top five countries in the world where children die because of malnutrition. “It is really unfortunate that 45 percent of Pakistani children, that is, almost every other child, suffer from this disease”, he added.Stunting has a strong link with economic well-being and every 10 percent increase in per capita income results in decline of stunting by 3.2 percent, he said, adding that Pakistan loses $7.6 billion or three percent of its GDP each year due to malnutrition.Referring to KCCI’s liaison with Sind Food Authority, he said that the Karachi Chamber, being a socially responsible citizen, would be more than happy to work in collaboration with TRDP and extend full support to all its endeavors in Sindh.

CarFirst Rapidly grows by Focusing on Operations,Innovation and Services

Lahore(Cliff News)CarFirst, Pakistan’s leading used-car online auction and trading platform, grew tremendously in 2018. Based on its success the company was able to secure its second-round funding from Frontier Car Group and the OLX Group in May 2018.CarFirst strategically invested its funding with the focus to grow on three fronts, Operations, Innovation, and Services.

In 2018, CarFirst focused on expanding its operations by opening 6 Purchase Centres. It zoned in at opening purchase centers at commercial hubs in Karachi, Lahore, and Islamabad. The centers were opened at City Sales in Lahore, Gulistan-e-Johar, Shell Lucky Star Saddar, Malir Cantt and Khayaban-e-Badar Commercial in Karachi with Metro Cash & Carry I-11 in Islamabad.CarFirst also launched Pakistan’s first all-female staff Purchase Center in Lahore catering to its strong customer demand. The center is purely run and operated by a female purchase center manager and an inspection specialist.

CarFirst developed new technologies with the sole aim of changing the way used cars were traded in Pakistan. It set a new benchmark in innovation by launching Pakistan’s first live auction platform for used cars. CarFirst also further developed its algorithm which estimates a fair market price of a used car based on an inspection report. The company also developed various tech-based tools which aid in accurately diagnosing a car when it comes in for an inspection.

CarFirst focused on responding to its strong customer demands by launching new services such as Car Bazaar, Dost Program, Financing and Insurance Services. It also launched its Car Diagnostic Apprenticeship Program to develop technical skills for university students.

CarFirst now employs over 200 people with 23 purchase centers across Pakistan with plans to expand further in 2019 with the aim to revolutionize the way cars are traded in Pakistan by offering comprehensive solutions for all things related to cars, such as evaluation, certification, financing, insurance, live auctions, and many more. They aim to keep adding value across the customer’s journey, improving efficiency and transparency at every milestone of the car trading process.

Government keen on business-friendly labor laws:Governor Sindh

Karachi(Cliff News)“Prime Minister Imran Khan is determined to ensure that business and employment friendly labor laws are enacted so that both employers and workers can actively contribute towards productive enhancement, quality of work, sustainable development, increased workers benefit and privileges as well as substantial corporate profitability. I compliment the Employers’ Federation of Pakistan for its proactive and constructive role in inspiring private sector in shaping the optimum human resource utilization.” This was stated by Governor of Sindh Mr Imran Ismail at the concluding session of Employers’ Federation of Pakistan International HR Conference and Awards 2019.The Governor further added that priority will be given to employment education, skill development, vocational training and meaningful utilization of human resources so that Pakistan attains substantial socio-economic growth.Majyd Aziz, President EFP in his welcome address quoted the world bank report 2019-20 that suggests that investment in human capital is fundamental to sustain and progressively enhance economic growth. He emphasized upon the Government to put in place long term and consistent fiscal, industrial and labor policies that can provide a conducive climate for foreign and domestic investment as well as providing a level playing field for business competitiveness. He further called upon the Government to realistic policies that can promote digital technology, global connectivity, broad based use of artificial intelligence so that these could have a positive impact on youth and women employment and future of work.During the morning session, eminent global speakers and consultants such as Ronald Thomas from USA and Mir Mehdi Ali from UK dwelt on the Future of Human Resource and Digital Human Resource. Mr Thomas stressed that there are key features that HR practitioners must seriously address. These are the future of the workplace, future of the enterprise and the future of how work gets done. He also said that the HR management is like a lever that propels the enterprise to achieve positive financial results. He termed the Head of the HR division in any enterprise as the “Organizational Architect”.Mir Mehdi Ali said that in his opinion even the HR people in an organization have the opportunity to create entrepreneurship. He advised the audience that to be a successful HR manager, one should build trust, believe in peer learning and coaching, continuous communication, prudently manage reports and performances, sincerely develop others in the organizations, and foster innovation and agility. He ended his presentation with the comment that in the next few years CPEC may create up to 3 million jobs. He asked whether the HR people in Pakistan are ready to get these jobs filled with trained and skilled workforce.Mr Umair Jaliawala, a well-known motivational speaker in his discourse emphasized upon the use of artificial intelligence and emotional intelligence as future practical tools in managing and developing people in an enterprise. He added that usage of these tools requires a new thinking not only among the workforce and managerial staff but also the Board of Directors. He cautioned that is slow scaling up of introducing these tools would hamper the growth, sustainability and profit of any enterprise.A panel discussion on ‘Impact of Economic Initiatives on HR’ was held where four CEOs representing varied sectors participated and attempted to respond to the question of how CPEC would impact on the economy of the country. They advised that it is a good sign that the mindset of the Government, bureaucracy, as well as the private sector is changing towards the new business environment. It is also worthwhile to mention that there is a very serious effort to improve the rating of ease of doing business. The foreign investors are gradually becoming more confident and that they have a positive outlook on investing in Pakistan.The second panel discussion of seven senior HR practitioners talked about Win Win HR Practices which they can develop in responding to the business challenges confronting enterprises in the future. They provided their input through personal examples and the efforts they made in their organizations to bring about fundamental changes in the role of human resource in their role as strategic business partners in their enterprises. They emphasized that in every enterprise there should be an institutionalized network to share ideas both innovative and transformational so that an enlightened enterprise environment is a possibility.

20th Inter School Scrabble Championship starts on Feb 02,2019 at BVS Parsi School Karachi


The 20th Inter School Scrabble Championship will be played on February 02 & 03, 2019 at BVS Parsi School, Karachi.This was announced by Pakistan Scrabble Association in a press release today .There will be ten (10) age categories. Top three players in each category will be awarded trophies. Certificate of participation will be given to all players.There is no limit to the number of entries from one educational institute.  Registration will be on first-come-first-serve basis. There will be no on-the-spot registration on the championship day.Top 200 players from this championship will be selected for free training and coaching for the World Youth Scrabble Championship (WYSC). A team of ten players will ultimately be selected for the WYSC.Entry forms can also be downloaded from our website championship is open to all schools, colleges and universities.All students from any part of the country can download the entry form, submit as per the information provided on the form and participate.Scrabble guide and useful word lists can be downloaded from our website. For regular updates follow the Facebook page “Pakistan Scrabble Association”.

Dadabhoy Institute organised one day workshop “Detecting Mycotoxins Effectively in Field Crops and Spices”

Karachi(Cliff News)Faculty of Science, Dadabhoy Institute of Higher Education has organized a One Day Workshop on “Detecting Mycotoxins Effectively in Field Crops and Spices” collaborated with Sindh Medical Store (SMS) at Main Campus, DIHE.Guest Speaker was Belvick Lee (Regional Senior Sales Manager Romer Labs), described about the worldwide contaminants of food with mycotoxins, which is a significant problem that impact food safety and economic losses. The pre and post-harvest environment conditions of field crops promotes the growth of fungi in field and during storage. In this workshop, we also discussed about the methods of analysis for the management of mycotoxins in agriculture produce such as rice and chillies, which are major export of food supplies from Pakistan.After the Thank you note Dean of Science Prof. Dr. Shahana Urooj Kazmi and all faculty members presented a memento to our honorable guest speaker.

The Recruiters hold first of its kind Pakistan Sourcing Summit 2019

Karachi(Cliff News)The Recruiters, a leading recruitment consultancy firm organized the ‘Pakistan Sourcing Summit 2019’ (PAKSS) at a local hotel. The full day summit comprised of keynote sessions and panel discussions by industry leaders and distinguished speakers. The chief guest at the evenMs. Sayeeda Leghari, Chairperson Sukkur Beverages, delivered the welcome address. Other prominent speakers who enriched the conference with their extensive knowledge and deep insights included: Rafiq Malik (COO Bykea), Saquib Ahmad (Country Managing Director SAP), Talha AsimGhazi (HR Head Cambridge Garments), David Cohen (Business Faculty Durham College School of Business Ontario Canada), Murtaza Nooruddin (Head HR Ops British Council), Usman AIi JamiI(Country HR Manager AkzoNobel), AmjadAli Shah Bukhari, Zar Badshah (HR Head BMA Capital), along with Syed AmjadHussain (Institute of Business Management). The PAKSS 2019 brings together sourcing innovators from across the world and highlights the important role of sourcing. The summit provides attendees with the opportunity to learn from thought leaders, practitioners and organizations who are at the forefront of sourcing excellence.Furthermore, Pakistan Sourcing Summit 2019 serves as a convergence point for top talent hunters and sourcing specialists in the country connecting them with their target audience. The summit served as a game changer for talent acquisition in Pakistan paving the way for enhanced collaboration, networking and learning opportunities. The conference helped shape the future of talent acquisition in Pakistan.The Recruiters which was established in 2017 and serves the recruitment industry by providing executive search and personal branding worldwide. The consultancy strives to build long lasting relationships with all its associates regardless of their scale. The Recruiters has developed long lasting relationship with candidates and its clientele as an advisor in Recruitment Assignments and in respect of other Human Capital Consulting Services throughout the globe. Ms. Sayeeda Leghari, Chairperson SukkurBeverages, stated that, “It is heartening to see the sourcing industry continue for decades and evolve into a powerful platform for finding solutions for the sector. There have been a number of favorable interventions by the government to address industry issues, in particular, the working of an action plan for the implementation for a more comprehensive business inclusion policy.”