4th Karachi International Water Conference explored food security solutions

Governor Sindh, Mr Imran Ismail presenting the appreciation shield

Karachi(Cliff News)Day two of the two-day Fourth Karachi International Water Conference aiming to bring together thought leaders, actors and players of the water sector that are working on Water-Energy-Food Nexus concluded successfully here today. Major global, regional and national organizations and their representatives, researchers, professionals, decision-makers, business innovators, practitioners, experts, women’s groups, youth groups and leaders on WEF Nexus exchanged ideas on fostering new thinking, developing innovative solutions and work on the water agenda for the 21st century.Day 2, began with Session 5 ‘Fireside Chat on Valuing Water’, with free-flowing conversation with three defenders of water, Dr. Adil Najam, Ms. Ayesha Khan and Ms. Naida Naqi.  – the discussion explored the intrinsic value of water in protecting our ecosystems. Session 6A ‘Water Governance and Security – Food Production and Agriculture Development’ explored food security solutions for Pakistan and the panelists shared global and regional good practices that can be adopted locally. Moving towards Session 6B ‘Nexus Approaches for Water Policy and Strategy’ assessed whether the much needed WEF Nexus is reflected in our policy discourse. Session 7A ‘Water Infrastructure and Investment – A Bespoke Model for Water Financing’ chaired by Dr. Reza Baqir, Governor State Bank identified water financing instruments and financing models for water, especially for Pakistan in the 21st century. Session 7B ‘Leaving No One Behind – Young People Calling for Climate Change Emergency’ highlighted the efforts of youth in connection to the nexus and climate emergency. The conference closing session featured talks by Country Director World Bank, Ilangovan Pachamuthu and FAO representative to Pakistan Ms. Mina Dowlatchahi. Ms. Simi Kamal unveiled and gave an overview of the first of its kind Water Center being set up at NED University Karachi, The Panjwani-Hisaar Water Institute. Ms. Meher Noshirwani read the conference declaration wrapping up the intellectual discourse and discussion from two days. Towards the end, Governor Sindh, Mr Imran Ismail gave his remarks and lauded the efforts of Hisaar Foundation. The centrality of water in the Water Energy Food Nexus as a tool for analysis and the paradigm for action is obvious. Delivering water, energy and food for all in a sustainable and equitable way is one of the major challenges faced by our societies. By the end of the conference emerged an agenda for research, policy and action on WEF nexus, pledges of government and people working together, and connection between developed and developing countries. The Water-Energy-Food nexus was explored through various lens of valuing water, water governance, water infrastructure and investment, and social inclusion (gender and youth).The day ended successfully with the attendees hopeful that the water problems of the country could be addressed in a more positive and innovative way in the near future.  The PR of was handled by Starlinks PR and Events.

The day ended successfully with the attendees hopeful that the water problems of the country could be addressed in a more positive and innovative way in the near future

 

4th Karachi International Water Conference aiming to bring together thought leaders

President Of Pakistan Dr. Arif Alvi at the opening session on the first day of 4th Karachi International Water Conference

Karachi(Cliff News)The first day of the two-day Fourth Karachi International Water Conference aiming to bring together thought leaders, actors and players of the water sector that are working on Water-Energy-Food Nexus took place here today. Major global, regional and national organizations and their representatives, researchers, professionals, decision-makers, business innovators, practitioners, experts, women’s groups, youth groups and leaders on WEF Nexus exchanged ideas on fostering new thinking, developing innovative solutions and work on the water agenda for the 21st century.Day 1 opened with Ashraf Kapadia, Chairperson Hisaar Foundation who welcomed the guests and gave a short introduction of Hisaar Foundation – a Foundation for Water, Food and Livelihood Security. Next Simi Kamal, the Founder of Hisaar Foundation spoke on the purpose of the conference, linking it to the global discourse on Water-Energy-Food Nexus and the centrality of water in the nexus. Ghias Khan, head of ENGRO Corporation spoke of access to clean water. He mentioned that as responsible corporates, we must monitor, measure and analyze our water usage to uncover opportunities to enhance our water management. He urged the public and private sectors to work together to bring positive change for the future.In his Keynote address Dr Roberto Lenton, Daugherty Distinguished Fellow, provided his perspective on the challenges of the 21st century and the water-food-energy nexus, during which he highlighted the Sustainable Development Goals as the framework for articulating the challenges, examining the inter-relationships among water, food and energy security. He discussed the value of considering these three key challenges jointly rather than separately, and provided a few examples of these inter-relationships in specific contexts.His Excellency President of Pakistan, Dr Arif Alvi, highlighted that he has selected water as one of his main areas of focus and keenly supports initiatives aimed at providing short and long term solutions to Pakistan’s water problems. He spoke of the Clean and Green Pakistan initiative and other dedicated efforts for water management, agriculture efficiency and use of renewable sources for power generation. The exhibition of the conference was also opened by the President.Session 2A ‘Valuing Water – Harnessing Energy and Food Production’ focused on understanding and localizing the WEF Nexus. Session 2B ‘Leaving No One behind – Café of the Unheard’ provided a platform for the audience to directly engage with the experts present on a range of subjects. Session 3A ‘Water Governance and security – Saving Urban Water from Urban Decay’ explored governance and politics of urban water and identified the way forward for the city of Karachi. Session 3B ‘The Indus and Murray Darling – A shared experience of reform’ identified Australian sustainability initiatives of relevance for Pakistan’s consideration. Session 4A ‘Water Infrastructure and Investments – Who gives a Dam’ explored the place of large and small water infrastructures in the context of WEF Nexus. Session 4B ‘Does the Nexus actually work? Women’s perspective’s sought to ascertain if the WEF Nexus resonates with Pakistani women.The session ended successfully with the attendees hopeful that the water problems of the country could be addressed in a more positive and innovative way in the near future.The PR of was handled by Starlinks PR and Events.

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Sohaib Sanaullah displaying complete domination in 2nd Shangrila Foods Scrabble Championship

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Karachi(Cliff News)The 3 days 2nd Shangrila Foods Scrabble Champions Trophy ended here today with teenage sensation and former Pakistan champion Sohaib Sanaullah displaying complete domination by winning 17 of his 24 games and being gibsonised for 2 games.8 times national champion Waseem Khatri made a remarkable recovery over the last 2 days to end second with 15.5 wins followed by current National and U-14 and U-16 World Champion Hasham Hadi Khan (also in his teens) in third place after winning 15 games.Ms Asma Ali Shah, Chairperson Sports Committee of North Nazimabad Gymkhana gave away the prizes.The Champions Trophy, an invitational tournament involving the top 30 ranked players of Pakistan is a nationally and internationally ranked tournament and the toughest tournament on the local circuit as there are no easy games.The future of Pakistan Scrabble appears to be in the pink of health as it is currently holding all the possible world titles at youth level (6 age categories of Junior World Scrabble Championship, WESPA Youth Cup and Princess Cup) and with 7 of the top 10 of the Champions Trophy still eligible to represent Pakistan at this level besides other players who have shown a lot of potential, there is every possibility that the Pakistan team is able to retain these titles in the upcoming world events to be staged in the UK in November and Malaysia in December.  

Two-day First Invention to Innovation Summit Sindh 2016 to commence today in KU

(KarachiCliffNews): Two-day First Invention to Innovation Summit Sindh 2016 is being organized from Tuesday (today) at the Arts Building, University of Karachi. Event is being organized by South Asia Triple Helix Association (SATHA), Institute of Research Promotion (IRP), Office of Research Innovation & Commercialization (ORIC), University of Karachi and Justice Helpline. This was announced by Prof. Dr. Aliya Rehman, Director, Office of Research Innovation & Commercialization (ORIC), University of Karachi, Mr. Rehmatullah, General Secretary South Asia Triple Helix & Representative Institute of Research Promotion (IRP) Lahore, Dr. Rashida R. Zohra, Incharge Annual Innovation Summit Pakistan, President Justice Helpline Nadeem Shaikh Advocate and Rashid Ansari, President Ansari Foundation in a joint press briefing held here at Justice Helpline Secretariat on Monday. Prof. Dr. Aliya Rehman said that this summit is a successful event in getting together the academia, industry & government organizations for science, technology and innovation. The summit is planned to encourage the students, faculty and the researchers link their research work with needs of industry and society. We request all the people to come to summit and appreciate university efforts in developing innovative solutions using indigenous resources, she added. Mr. Rehmatullah, General Secretary South Asia Triple Helix & Representative Institute of Research Promotion (IRP) Lahore told that event is organized with theme “Prompting Innovation-Building Innovative Sindh.” More than 300 innovative projects will be displayed in technology expo and 100 viable technologies will be presented in technology sessions for industry and society. Industry and universities both will showcase their innovative developments presenting opportunities for new ventures and solutions to local problems, he added. Chief guests of the summit will be Chairperson Sindh Board of Revenue Naheed Memon and Vice Chancellor University of Karachi Prof. Mohammad Qaiser. There will be an exhibition and technology expo alongwith this summit. Awards will be presented by Consulate General of Malaysia Mr. Ismail Muhammad Bkri, he informed. Dr. Rashida R. Zohra, Incharge Annual Innovation Summit Pakistan said that students, scientists and R&D oriented industry will be given Innovation Awards, Technology Award, Award for Business Plans, AFAQ Award for ICT for Schools and Award for Chemical Technology by chemistry. There will be sessions on topics including technologies for medical diagnostic sector, life science technologies for product development, business plan competition (prescreening of proposals), role of public policies for science, technology and innovation, technologies for information & communication sector, SATHA innovation award, fund winning opportunities for academia and industry, business plan competition, technologies for oil & gas sector, technologies for healthcare industry, technologies for post-harvest management industry, technologies for textile and leather processing, innovative solutions-processers models and marketing ideas, technologies for water and energy sector, she told. Vice chancellors from 10 universities of Sindh will be guests in different sessions. Students from 30 universities and 20 schools from government and private sectors will display their projects, she added. President Justice Helpline Nadeem Shaikh Advocate said that students and researchers are the main source behind innovations in any nations. “Our kids are not less competent from any other nation and they are doing wonders at national, and international level. We all should encourage these students, youth so they should perform better. We should make linkages between academia and industry for utilization and involvement of this talent,” he added.

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Build Asia 2016: BASF presents solutions to make construction durable and more efficient

•    Showcases wide range of solutions covering waterproofing, flooring, grouts and repairs
•    Booth C40-41-42-61-62-63, Hall 3, Karachi Expo Centre, Karachi, December 6-8, 2016
(KarachiCliffNews): BASF will showcase its comprehensive product portfolio of Master Builders Solutions® for the construction industry at Build Asia 2016 from December 6-8 in Karachi, Pakistan. At the show, BASF will display the following:
•    MasterSeal® high performance waterproofing membrane solutions, recently introduced in Pakistan, provide exceptional durability, design flexibility, and make an aesthetically pleasing environment for roofs, parking decks and basements.
•    Admixture solutions for concrete speed up construction progress and enhance quality of workmanship by improving concrete strength, pumpability and overall appearance. They also ensure long-term safety, durability and help reduce CO2 emissions and water consumption.
•    Ucrete industrial flooring system, a unique polyurethane resin technology, gives floors exceptional resistance to aggressive chemicals, and extreme mechanical and thermal shock, thus providing a long-term, durable flooring solution. “With the recent boom in the construction industry and increase in foreign investment in infrastructural development in Pakistan, the demand for economical and sustainable solutions, to improve overall quality and efficiency of construction has increased.  BASF supports architects, consultants, contractors and users to achieve these goals with high performance construction solutions that also help reduce environmental impact,” said Faisal Akhtar, Managing Director, BASF Pakistan (Private) Limited. For further information on BASF’s innovative products for the construction industry, please visit www.master-builders-solutions.basf.pk

About Construction Chemicals Division

BASF Construction Chemicals division offers advanced chemicals solutions for new construction, maintenance, repair and renovation of structures. Our comprehensive portfolio encompasses concrete admixtures, cement additives, chemical solutions for underground construction, waterproofing systems, sealants, concrete repair & protection systems, performance grouts, performance floorings systems, tile fixing systems, expansion control systems and wood protection solutions.

The Construction Chemicals division’s about 5,500 employees form a global community of construction experts. To solve our customers’ specific construction challenges from conception through to completion of a project, we combine our know-how across areas of expertise and regions and draw on the experience gained in countless projects worldwide. We leverage global BASF technologies, as well as our in-depth knowledge of local building needs, to develop innovations that help make our customers more successful and drive sustainable construction.
The division operates production sites and sales centers in more than 50 countries and achieved sales of about €2.3 billion in 2015.

About BASF Pakistan
BASF has been present in Pakistan for more than four decades. With production in Karachi, BASF offers innovative solutions for key local business sectors. BASF maintains offices in Karachi, Lahore, Kasur, Sialkot, and Islamabad. BASF also supports education and community development projects in Pakistan. In 2015, BASF posted sales of approximately €110 million to customers in Pakistan. Further information on BASF in Pakistan is available on the Internet at  www.basf.com/pk.

About BASF
At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. The approximately 112,000 employees in the BASF Group work on contributing to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio is organized into five segments: Chemicals, Performance Products, Functional Materials & Solutions, Agricultural Solutions and Oil & Gas. BASF generated sales of more than €70 billion in 2015. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (BAS). Further information at www.basf.com.