Former Swiss Diplomat Emil Wyss two weeks tour of Pakistan

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Karachi(Cliff News)Mr. Emil Wyss, who was the Consul General of Switzerland in Karachi from 2014-16, and his wife were in Pakistan on a two-weeks trip to Karachi, Lahore, and Hyderabad.The former and well-known Swiss diplomat started his tour in Karachi by visiting Brenton & Carey Hostel for orphan and single-parent girls, the Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre, Make-a-Wish Foundation Pakistan to grant the wishes of terminally-ill children, and Friends of Burns Centre at the Dr. Ruth K. M. Pfau (Civil) Hospital. Mr. Wyss speaking at the prestigious Rotary Club of Karachi South also gave a presentation on how Switzerland is able to sustain its exceptional economic growth through political stability.In an interview with the media, this forever-young Swiss couple boastfully said that “… our hearts are half-green for the love of Pakistan because every Pakistani we meet treats us so well. It is our strong desire that we come regularly each year to this beautiful country and play in whatever way possible our part to thank this vibrant nation and its exceptionally hospitable people”.Next stop for this Swiss duo was Pakistan’s historic city, Lahore. They visited Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre, Deaf Reach School (new Campus), Roshni Homes Trust (orphanage in Gujranwala), Aziz Jehan Begum Trust for the Blind (only Pakistani establishment printing books in braille), Kaarvan Crafts Foundation, and the Fountain House Institute of Mental Health. At the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Mr. Emil Wyss in an interactive guest speaker session with students shed light on the “Importance of country branding for improved trade and investment”.In the last week of their tour, both visited Afzaal Memorial Thalassemia Foundation where they donated blood for thalassemia major children, Drug Free Pakistan Foundation / New Horizons Care Centre for impoverished drug addicts in Landhi, Bint-e-Fatima Old Home (Trust) for homeless elderly females, Pak-Swiss Training Centre, Karachi – one of Pakistan’s oldest vocational training institutes established by the Swiss authorities, Markaz-e-Umeed for Special Children, the recently inaugurated Buraq Centre run by Dawood Global Foundation’s LADIESFUND®, and Dar-ul-Sukun for physically and mentally challenged children and adults.During their day long excursion outside Karachi, Mr. & Mrs. Emil Wyss were in Kotri’s Dhani Bux Khoso village to see the renovated Government Boys Primary School. In Hyderabad, the former Consul General and spouse were invited to Neuro Medical Centre and had a meeting with members of the Rotary Club of Hyderabad Galaxy. Both of them also highly appreciated the excellent artworks on display at the Mehran University of Engineering and Technology’s Centre of Excellence in Arts & Design in Jamshoro.Just before heading back home, Emil and Arie (Mrs. Wyss) expressed their strong desire to continue their yearly visits to Pakistan; to support charitable organizations active in the field of philanthropy services for the less privileged Pakistani citizens as well to meet friends.

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Pakistan’s Maaz Masood Ansari wins ACCA’s Regional Advocate of the Year award

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Karachi(Cliff News)ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) has recognised Maaz Masood Ansari, Executive Director Financial Advisory, Deloitte, with its Regional Advocate of the Year Award for Middle East and South Asia (MESA) region.
The ACCA member from Pakistan, Maaz, was lauded for his contributions to developing professional accountancy across Pakistan, particularly in supporting Deloitte trainees and employees at department level further develop and become ACCA members themselves.“ACCA’s Advocacy Awards are not about career achievement but about the way that ACCA members give back to their communities, and help ACCA to develop the next generation of professional accountants. ACCA members in Pakistan are a driving force at the forefront of the accounting industry. Maaz has set a great example for all professionals in the country on how they can lead the profession into the future by dedicating their efforts to developing future-ready talent.” – Sajjeed Aslam, head of ACCA Pakistan.Stuart Dunlop, ACCA’s regional director – MESA said: ‘Maaz Masood Ansari is an active ACCA member and advocate that has supported ACCA Pakistan immensely with his personal and professional networks, most notably at Deloitte. The collaboration between Deloitte Pakistan and ACCA Pakistan has generated many opportunities for the recruitment of talent and connecting us with employers and members as well as hosting CPD events, conferences and more. Congratulations Maaz on your great achievements for ACCA.’Commenting on his contributions, ACCA’s regional head of member affairs, Haroon A. Jan, said,‘Maaz has been instrumental in collaboration between ACCA and Deloitte on holding the CPEC conference in Pakistan, which was a big success in creating awareness on the economic potential of CPEC for Pakistan. Initiatives like these are an example of working in the public interest, which is core to our membership fabric.’‘ACCA holds Pakistan Leadership Conversation annually which brings topical global developments to the professionals in the country. Once again Maaz played a key role in the building an exemplary partnership between ACCA and Deloitte, which was pivotal to achieving the objectives of the event. The impact of Maaz’s contributions was recognised by all the judges of ACCA’s Regional Advocacy Awards. The judging panel consisted of senior ACCA members from Middle East, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan,’ he further added.ACCA launched the regional advocacy awards in 2017 to recognise members who go above and beyond in expressing public support for the accountancy profession, embodying ACCA’s values. These advocates are also members who deliver public value, display ethical professionalism and inspire others to follow in their footsteps.

The full list of ACCA Regional Advocate Award winners for 2019 are:

ACCA MESA Regional Advocate of the Year 2019: Maaz Masood Ansari from Pakistan
ACCA Emerging Markets Regional Advocate of the Year 2019: Rajeev Giri from India
ACCA ASEAN ANZ Regional Advocate of the Year 2019: Mariam Riza from Australia
ACCA Europe and Americas Regional Advocate of the Year 2019: Eilis Quinlan from Ireland

ACCA Africa Regional Advocate of the Year 2019: Victoria Abiola Ajayi from Nigeria

ACCA Greater China Regional Advocate of the Year 2019: Jennifer Tan from Hong Kong SAR.

In addition to their professional excellence and globally in-demand expertise, ACCA members are particularly focused on delivering public value in Pakistan. They are currently involved in numerous free-of-cost, public value projects such as promoting financial literacy among micro entrepreneurs, and helping small businesses with their scalability and sustainability.

 

 

Microsoft to offer free remote working solution in wake of COVID-19

Karachi(Cliff News)With COVID-19 continuing to impact people and countries around the world, teams everywhere are exploring remote work options. Microsoft has announced that it will avail itshub for teamwork in Office 365, Microsoft Teams, for free to the public to enable remote working.In a statement announcing the free service, Jared Spataro, Corporate Vice President for Microsoft 365 said, “At Microsoft, our top concern is the wellbeing of our employees and supporting our customers in dealing with business impact during these challenging times. By making Teams available to as many people as possible, we hope that we can support public health and safety by making remote work even easier.”Teams (Part of Office 365) is a chat-based collaboration tool that provides global, remote, and dispersed teams with the ability to work together and share information via a common space.  With Microsoft Teams, users can utilize features like document collaboration, one-on-one chat, team chat, and more.Users can find out how to sign up for Microsoft Teams via Microsoft 365 blog post with further tips on usage of the product available on this blog ,including tips on working from home with Microsoft Teams.“Microsoft Teams is a part of Office 365. If your organization is licensed for Office 365, you already have it. If you are not licensed for Teams, you will be logged into the product and automatically receive a free license of Teams that is valid through January 2021. This includes video meetings for up to 250 participants and Live Events for up to 10,000, recording and screen sharing, along with chat and collaboration”, says Jared.The free Teams version will give users unlimited chat, built-in group and one-on-one audio or video calling, 10 GB of team file storage, and 2 GB of personal file storage per user. Users will also get real-time collaboration with the Office apps for web, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote.In addition to the above, Microsoft has also worked on several scenarios for different sectors on ways to utilize Microsoft Teams for free, even for organizations that don’t have Office 365.

Pakistan qualifies in top 16 in the Vitality Running World Cup

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Karachi(Cliff News)Team Pakistan has made it to the Top 16 of the Vitality
Running World Cup – a global running event which has been organized
by Discovery Vitality South Africa. IGI Life Insurance, which represents
Vitality in Pakistan has organized this running activity all over Pakistan,
whereby they are actively engaging the young and old alike towards
remaining fit and adopting healthy routines.With countries like United States, Australia, Namibia, South Africa, and India being among the Top 16, it is a moment of honour that Pakistan has been able to secure its place in the top category. Many teams
under the Pakistan umbrella have actively been running since the 5 th of
March and will continue to do so until the 4 th of April, 2020. The IGI Life
Vitality Pakistan team has more than 70 team members and is by far
the most active team of the lot, with more than 600 kms covered in just
10 days time.The philosophy behind this Vitality Running World Cup is that anyone
can run from anywhere – which means that if someone wants to take a
jog on their treadmill, in their street or in the nearby park, they are
more than welcome to become a part of the Vitality Running World
Cup. It is a healthy activity that is inculcating good habits within the
people. It has been seen that those individuals who remain active more
have much higher life expectancy rates than the ones who sit idle and
have a sedentary lifestyle. This is one of the more important research
facts as highlighted by Vitality worldwide.

A bit about IGI Life Vitality:

It is Pakistan’s first active life insurance product which rewards its customers based on their steps and heart rate activity in a weekly, monthly and annual fashion while securing their future with an underlying insurance policy. The motto of IGI Life
Vitality is ‘Rewarding Life Every Day.’ Many renowned brands are linked
with IGI Life Vitality – which puts the brand in a league of its own.

Hutchison Ports Pakistan wins “Port/Container Terminal of the Year 2020” Award

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Karachi(Cliff News)Hutchison Ports Pakistan, the country’s leading container terminal operator, has been acknowledged as the ‘Port/Container Terminal of the Year – South Asia 2020’ Award. The ceremony was held in Dubai as part of the Global Port Forum Award 2020. The platform aims to recognise some of the most notable contributions across various sectors of the ports and shipping industry made by organisations around the world. H.E. Mr. Muhammad Sharaf, Assistant Foreign Minister for Economics and Trade of UAE, presented the award to Eric NG, Business Director – Middle East and Africa, Hutchison Ports. Senior professionals from the ports, trade and other relevant industries across the globe attended the event. The Global Ports Forum is an organisation that collaborates with port authorities across the globe to bring various stakeholders together with a vision to create robust shipping practices and streamline international trade. Hutchison Ports Pakistan has had the honour of receiving this award for the first time through its demonstration of continuous innovation and introduction of efficient cargo-handling mechanisms at the South Asia Ports Terminal, Karachi.Commenting on the development, Capt. Syed Rashid Jamil, General Manager & Head of Business Unit, Hutchison Ports Pakistan, highlighted that the organisation is committed to revolutionising the way trade is handled at Pakistan’s shipping terminals. “Karachi is an important shipping port connecting many landlocked states with the world through sea. Streamlining operations at this terminal is imperative because it makes up a significant chunk of the contribution to global transit of goods. This accolade is an acknowledgment of the innovative steps being undertaken by Hutchison Ports Pakistan including the introduction of state-of-the-art machinery, tools and techniques to create a hassle-free supply chain.”Hutchison Ports Pakistan recently became the first terminal in the country to acquire electrical remote-controlled semi-automatic rubber-tyred gantry cranes to facilitate loading and unloading of cargo at its phase 2 extension. The company has made some significant contributions to increase efficiency at the trading ports in Karachi.

About Hutchison Ports Pakistan:
Hutchison Ports Pakistan is situated at the estuary of the Keamari Groyne basin, providing the most convenient access to ships entering Karachi. The new facility is the closest Pakistan port to the shipping lanes in the Arabian Sea. Its prime location offers the shortest steaming time from the Fairway Buoy, and will bring real benefits to customers, relating to time, cost, reduction in risk of delays, and reduced carbon emissions.Hutchison Ports Pakistan is a member of Hutchison Ports, the port and related services division of CK Hutchison Holdings Limited (CK Hutchison). Hutchison Ports is the world’s leading port investor, developer and operator with a network of port operations in 52 ports spanning 27 countries throughout Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, the Americas and Australasia. Over the years, Hutchison Ports has expanded into other logistics and transportation-related businesses, including cruise ship terminals, airport operations, distribution centers, rail services and ship repair facilities.

Huawei ramps up innovation and tops Europe patent applications

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Karachi(Cliff News)According to a new report by the European Patent Office, Huawei, a leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices, filed more patent applications in Europe than any other company last year, pioneering the development of solutions to support digital transformation worldwide.Of its patent applications, around two thirds of those were in the field of digital communications, including the development of 5G technology. Huawei has already been leading 5G expansion globally, now focusing on vertical industry, ecosystem, and 5G talent development in 2020.Huawei filed 3,524 patent applications in total, far more than the next highest company, and by far the largest filer of digital communications patents. The report noted that US, Chinese and European companies each contributed about a quarter of all applications in digital communications.Applications by Chinese firms have risen nearly six-fold since 2010.
Earlier this year, the European Union issued a set of guidelines, referred to as the “5G toolbox”, that allowed Huawei to continue participating in Europe’s 5G roll out despite pressure from the current US administration.It becomes clear why Huawei expressed so self-confident through the founder and many other executives against the sanctions of the US government, which Huawei put on the black list, the Chinese were cut off by many suppliers. The company invested heavily in its own development and research in order to become more independent of supply chains.

Greenstar celebrates Women’s Day with a commitment to female-health

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Karachi(Cliff News)Greenstar Social Marketing (GSM) collaborated with the School of Leadership (SoL) to celebrate the World Women’s Day 2020, by organizing “Beyond Beauty X” – an event celebrating the women who inspire, the women who drive innovation, the women who create magic and the women who make an impact, every single day.GSM recognized the Women’s Day occasion as an opportunity to raise awareness on women’s health, especially among the young women in Pakistan. The event appreciated the valuable contributions of a healthy female population, towards nation-building and socio-economic sustainability. GSM featured a special kiosk to promote the POOCHO helpline – the only helpline in Pakistan that provides SRH&FP (Sexual Reproductive Health & Family Planning) services, 24 hours a day & 7 days a week.About 150 women, from different walks of life, participated in the event, where their struggles were acknowledged, achievements were celebrated, along with discussions on developing new skills, through; workshops, breakout sessions, keynote speeches & panel discussions. Greenstar Social Marketing also mentored and delivered a special session on “Work-Life Balance” and its benefits for a healthy lifestyle.The CEO of GSM – Dr. Syed Azizur Rab stated that: “The event was a roaring success as we received an overwhelming response from women of all ages. We also thank the other key stakeholders, including; the academia, the media, the civil-society and the relevant governmental institutions, who have promised to extend every possible support, to enable more empowerment and healthy nurturing of our female population.”GSM has been operating as the largest private-sector institution, to improve reproductive health-services in Pakistan, for the past 28 years. It inspires the population by voluntarily delivering safe & reliable, quality contraceptive products, at affordable prices and delivers valuable information for family planning. GSM acts as an independent member of the global network – ‘Population Services International’ (PSI). It has contributed 12% to 15% yearly to the national ‘Couple Years of Protection’ (CYPs). GSM has established a nationwide network of 6,000 plus private-providers, engaging over 100,000 pharmacies & retailers, supported by over 400 field staff members.

About Greenstar Social Marketing:

Greenstar Social Marketing (GSM) was established in 1991 as a social enterprise, to improve the sexual and reproductive health of people in the country by increasing choices and access to quality modern family planning methods and contraceptives. With a distribution network of over 7,000 franchised clinics & 70,000 retail outlets, GSM is responsible for provision of approximately 53% of all contraceptives, distributed by the private sector, in Pakistan.

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