Print and digital media are fastest tool of modern diplomacy: Indonesian CG

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Mr. Totok Prianmato, Consul General of the Republic of Indonesia, hosted a dinner in honor of senior journalist;s  at a local hotel.
 
Karachi(Cliff News)Mr Totok Prianmato, Consul General of the Republic of Indonesia invited senior journalists for a session of media talk which was followed by a dinner in Karachi.Speaking at the dinner gathering, Indonesian CG said that the bilateral relationship between Pakistan and Indonesia is increasing fast with each passing day.“Both countries enjoys brotherly and friendly relations since the start of diplomatic ties in 1951 and this bond is strengthening further”, Prianmato said.Indonesian CG also told the journalists that “Working as the official representative of Indonesia for the Sindh Province, one of my key task is to nurture and boost up the brotherly relations between Indonesia and Pakistan in all fields of interest including economy, trade, investments and people-to-people contact, effective 
communication with journalists community etc that shall benefit both countries.”“Sindh Province, especially Karachi, is a very important post for Indonesia, notably in the economic, trade and investment sectors. As Karachi is the largest city with 2 sea ports, its holds immediate importance as the main entry point of Indonesia’s products to Pakistan’s market,” Indonesian envoy said further.Talking about the role of media in today’s world, Indonesian CG said that media is playing a strong role in diplomacy whether it is a public diplomacy or state diplomacy, media has transformed diplomacy from being closed to open.
“Print media and also now digital media are the fastest growing tools of modern diplomacy”, Totok added.The Indonesian CG also requested all media friends to continue their unending support and contribution to the Consulate General of Indonesia in Karachi.In this regard, the role of media in covering various activities organized by both Indonesia and Pakistan will greatly assist in strengthening bilateral relations between the two brotherly countries.President Karachi Press Club, Imtiaz Faran, Secretary KPC Armaan Sabir and other senior journalists were also present during the gathering.

Turkish CG encouraging joint ventures to improve trade volume

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Karachi(Cliff News)Consul General of Turkey Tolga Ucak has said that although Turkey and Pakistan have been enjoying excellent relations but the trade volume remains limited at around US$700 million so ‘we have to do more’ by increasing interaction and encouraging Joint Ventures between the business communities of the two brotherly countries.Any initiative by Karachi Chamber to enhance its linkages with Istanbul Chamber of Commerce would certainly be fully facilitated and supported by the Turkish Consulate in Karachi as it would certainly prove beneficial for the business communities of the two countries, he added while exchanging views at a meeting during his visit to Karachi Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KCCI).President KCCI Junaid Esmail Makda, Senior Vice President Khurram Shahzad, Vice President Asif Sheikh Javaid, Chairman KCCI’s Sub-Committee for Diplomatic Mission Embassies Liaison Shamoon Zaki and Managing Committee Members attended the meeting.Terming Karachi as a ‘vibrant and active city’ where a lot of production was taking place and numerous services were being offered, Turkish CG advised the business community of Karachi to have more interaction with their counterparts in Turkey with a view to improve the existing trade volume, besides taking steps to promote tourism opportunities in both countries. The Envoy suggested that the Karachi Chamber should send a business delegation to Turkey to further explore trade and investment opportunities.He said that Business-to-Business and People-to-People contacts have to be promoted between the two countries whereas exchange of students must also be encouraged. “Turkish students, who usually go to western countries to learn English, can visit Pakistan study good English at some of the finest Colleges and Universities in the country”, he added.To promote tourism opportunities in Pakistan, he advised Pakistani travel agents and tour operators to open their offices in Turkey so that Turkish tourists could be acquainted about huge tourism opportunities across Pakistan.Tolga Ucak informed that new office for Turkish Consulate in Karachi was being established on an area of 8,000 sq. yards near Chinese Consulate where more facilities will be provided along with induction of additional staff to facilitate the visitors and visa applicants.Earlier, President KCCI Junaid Esmail Makda, in his welcome remarks, briefed the Turkish CG about KCCI which is the premier and largest trade body of the country with a strong membership base of more than 55,000 direct and indirect members while around 500,000 plus taxpayers also fall under KCCI’s ambit through its member firms.He said that the Karachi Chamber, which remains actively engaged in raising voice for resolving the issues being faced by the business and industrial community, alsoacts as a bridge between, Foreign Missions, government, law enforcement agencies, SMEs, small traders & industrialists of Karachi.Referring to President Dr. Arif Alvi’s recent visit to Turkey, President KCCI said that Pakistan and Turkey have been enjoying excellent ties at the government-to-government level but unfortunately the same was not depicting at the lower level as the bonds between the business communities of the two countries were not satisfactory which requires collective efforts from both sides.He said that despite having good brotherly relations, it was a matter of concern that no Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA), Free Trade Agreement (FTA) or any other agreement exist between Pakistan and Turkey. “It was really necessary to have such an agreement, particularly the FTA which has already been negotiated from time to time and it was heartening to note that President Arif Alvi during his visit to the launching ceremony of 16th My Karachi Exhibition, also hinted that Pakistan-Turkey FTA will be inked soon which the business community would warmly welcome as it would surely give a big boost to the existing trade ties between the two brotherly countries”, he added.Expressing concerns over limited trade volume between the two countries, Junaid Makda stressed the need for making collective efforts and exploring new avenues for trade enhancement. “To improve trade and investment ties, the Karachi Chamber is keen to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with Istanbul Chamber which would help in bringing the business communities and create a win-win situation for both”, he added.He said that Karachi, being the economic and financial hub of Pakistan, offers profitable opportunities and added facilities for investment and joint ventures to investors from Turkey. “Karachi is an attractive place for Turkish investors, who can surely earn maximum profits by setting up their businesses or undertaking joint ventures here”, he added.

“League of Nations” was created to prevent future wars:CG Japan addressing in Nasra School

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Karachi(Cliff News)“Thousands of lives were lost in World War I and World War II. In order to prevent future wars, an organization called the “League of Nations” was created. It was the first international organization whose principal mission was to maintain world peace. Unfortunately, the credibility of the organization was weakened by the fact that the United States never officially joined the League of Nations after the first World War”, said the Chief Guest, Mr. Toshikazu Isomura- Consul General Japan in his speech at the openingceremony of the fourth Nasra Model United Nations (NASRAMUN IV). The two-day event was held on the 24thand 25th of November 2018 at the Education Trust Nasra School (ETNS), Saddar campus. The event attracted 850participants that included students of ETNS (Korangi, Malir, Super Highway, North Karachi and Saddar campuses), students from Nasra Public School (NPS), faculty, guests and as well as students participating from other schools namely The Educators – Lucknow Campus, Beacon Light Academy – Maymar Campus, Karachi Public School – Safari Campus and Alpha College – Shahrah-e-Faisal branch.Model United Nations, also known as Model UN or MUN, is an extra-curricular activity in which students typically role-play delegates to the United Nations and simulate UN committees. Participants in the NASRAMUN IV, known as delegates, were placed in committees and assigned countries, while a few represented political figures. The students were presented with their assignments in advance, along with a topic or topics that their committee were to discuss. By discussing topics that ranged from the situation in South Sudan to the health implications of Climate Change, the different committees took part in a healthy debate till they came to unified decision to pass a resolution. The NASRAMUN engaged the students and allowed them to delve deeper into current world issues.Out of the 800 delegates, 720 students were from the Nasra Schools (ETNS & NPS) while 80 were from the participating schools and colleges.Mr. Toshikazu Isomura, Consul General Japan (Consulate of Japan in Karachi) was the Chief Guest for the opening ceremony that was held on the first day of the event. Ms. Aazya Rafiq, Deputy Head of Department- Sukh Initiative of The Aman Foundation and Mr. Umair Aslam, Manager Programs from The Aman Foundation were both the Guest of Honour on the first day of the event representing Dr. Haris, Head of SukhInitiative, Aman Foundation who had graciously supported this year’s NASRAMUN IV from the Aman Foundation’s platform.At the end, the best-performing delegates in each committee, as well as best delegations were recognized with awards. The top three delegates in each committee were given shields for “Best Delegate” and certificates for “Outstanding Diplomacy”” and “Honourable Mention”.  Ms. Elin Burns, British Deputy High Commissioner Karachi graced the occasion as Chief Guests for the closing ceremony on the 25th of November and awarded the delegates with their awards.The purpose of NASRAMUN is to provide the youth with the opportunity to participate in a two-day Model United Nations Program in order to prepare them to be leaders of tomorrow inculcating in them a sense of diplomacy, tolerance, negotiation and leadership. It also provides them with a platform where they can implement critical thinking, confidence building, teamwork and leadership abilities.The event was an energetic one that saw students dressed in their best attires holding flags of the countries they represented. It is a great achievement for a school that caters to the low-incomestrata of society to host such an impressive and informative event.The initiative strives on achieving well-rounded and globally aware individuals who can utilize their abilities in making, not just their own country, but the world, a better place. We hope that ETNS continues to host the NASRAMUN every year with the same vigor and passion that it has been doing for the past three years.

 

Malaysian Food Festival 2018 Kicks off at Beach Luxury Hotel

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Adviser to Chief Minister Sindh on Information Barrister Murtaza Wahab along with Malaysian  Consul General Khairul Nazran Abd Rahman inaugurating Malaysian Food Festival at Beach Luxury Hotel. General Manager of  Hotel .Azeem Qureshi is also seen.
Karachi (Cliff News)In continuation to the series of International Food Festivals, Beach Luxury Hotel, Karachi, once again took all the credit of hosting the splendid evening for food lovers of karachiites by organising a 10 days Malaysian Food Festival subsequent to the Malaysia’s participation in the Pakistan Travel Mart 2018.

It was inaugurated by the Advisor to chief minister Sindh on information and archives Barrister Murtaza Wahab, along with the Consul General of Malaysia His Mr. Khairul Nazran Abd Rahman, GM, of hotel M. Azeem Qureshi, officially kicked off the programme  which was largely attended by the top brass of government dignitaries, members from the business community and diplomats as well.Speaking on the occasion, Barrister Murtaza Wahab, said that such events plays a pivotal role in building strong bilateral relationship between countries and the government of Sindh is all set to support such events wholeheartedly in future too. ‘We optimistically believe that such kind of social events and activities must always proliferate’, he added.The Consul General of Malaysia, Mr.Khairul Nazran Abd Rehman, said that these types of events are important in the perspective of bringing closer the people of two countries as well as in maintaining long term relationships.  ‘It is indeed a great pleasure to get such a warm hospitality and greatly enchanted response from the people of this country, especially the citizens of Karachi’, he added.It is pertinent to mention here that more than 23 types of delicious traditional Malaysian cuisines of divergent flavors were displayed at the food festival following to the performance of traditional Malaysian dance by the well-known Malaysian troupe Speaking at the event, General Manager, Beach Luxury Hotel Mr.Azeem Qureshi, thanked Advisor to chief minister Sindh, Barrister Murtaza Wahab, for ensuring his presence at the event and all the guests who made the inauguration event of Malaysian Food Festival successful in all aspects. It is believed that Beach Luxury Hotel will play a significant role in organizing festivals of such nature in future also that will certainly aid a lot in boosting our global relationships in the long run. On the Occasion a well known Malaysian  Cultural troupe performed colorful traditional dance and songs.

Consul Generals of Indonesia,Afghanistan visits Orchid Schooling System

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Chairman Medicam Group of Companies, Mr.Khalil Ahmed Nainitalwala presenting a shield to  Consul General of Indonesia Mr. Totok Prianamto on his visit to The Orchid School, Clifton branch.

 

Karachi (Cliff News)The Consul General of the Republic of Indonesia Mr. Totok Prianamto and the Consul General of Afghanistan Mr.Hamidullah Tarin along with his team visited The Orchid School Education System, Clifton campus yesterday, which is one of the product line of Medicam Group of Companies.According to details, Honorary Consul General of both the countries were welcomed by the Chairman Medicam Group of Companies, Mr. Khalil Ahmed Nainitalwala, Head of Operations Mr. Khurram Nainitalwala and the School Faculty members.Talking to journalists, Indonesian Consul General said that everyone strives to get a quality education for earning a better livelihood and it is commendable initiative taken by Medicam group for spreading education throughout Pakistan.Consul General of Afghanistan Mr.Hamidullah Tarin appreciating the infrastructure and other activities of The Orchid School said that a healthy learning environment is vital for a long term success and development.Chairman Medicam Group of Companies, Mr.Khalil Ahmed Nainitalwala said that in today’s era it is very important to inculcate the habit of knowledge based learning in children alongwith its practical implications. ‘Medicam group is doing a great job for promoting education of international standard’, he added.It is pertinent to mention here that 3 branches of The Orchid School Education are already progressing in flow and the fourth branch is all set to open in near future. Head of Operations, Mr.Khurram Nainitalwala said that highly competent and qualified faculty members are performing their job with full dedication and sincerity at The Orchid School and it is expected that in the coming years we will spread a large network of schools throughout Pakistan.

Former Swiss CG Emil Wyss celebrate Independence Day of Pakistan

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Karachi (Cliff News)Former Swiss Consul General in Karachi Emil Wyss, along with his wife Arie, was in the metropolis to celebrate the Independence Day of Pakistan.Emil and Arie, who were among the most socially active diplomats of the city, flew in the wee hours of August 14 just for one day. They attended the flag hoisting ceremony at the Quaid-e-Azam’s Mausoleum.

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Later both visited: 1) Afzaal Memorial Thalassemia Foundation where they donated blood for Thalassemia major children, 2) Stanmore School for Independence Day event, 3) Markaz-e-Umeed school for special children, 4) Dar-ul-Sakoon for children with mental and physical challenges, 5) PAF Museum to attend Independence Day celebrations organized by Pakistan Academic Consortium, and 6) Bint-e-Fatima Old Home (Trust) for homeless women.Just before leaving for the airport, the Swiss duo spoke to local journalists. “Because of the wonderful two years we spent in Pakistan, and the excellent connection we have with our friends and the hospitable Pakistani people, we will never miss a chance to regularly visit this beautiful country”, Emil and Arie joyously mentioned.

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Malaysian companies are intrested to invest in Pakistan:CG Khairul Nazran

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Karachi (Cliff News)There is dire need for projection of Pakistan’s potential in Malaysia including investment opportunities to boost trade and attract investment. Many Malaysian companies
are interested to invest in Pakistan, but are afraid of the reportedly poor law and order situation. “There seems lack of awareness among Malaysian investors and traders about trade and investment opportunities in Pakistan,”
observed Malaysian Consul General in Karachi, Khairul Nazran Abd Rahman
said.He was talking to a group of journalists after inaugurating EL Rancho Argentnian Grill restaurant and modern fitness club “My Gym” for male and female in DHA.The event was also attended by the Consul Generals of Indonesia,Bangladesh, Deputy Consul General of Bahrain, Commercial Consul of Malaysia and elite of the city.The Consul General of Malaysia emphasized on more interaction between the private sectors and governments of the two Muslim countries for increasing trade and investment especially in tourism sector. Malaysia had very developed and organized tourism industry, and Pakistan could benefit a lot.It would be more proper and practical that maximum business persons from both the sides should visit and convince each other for increasing
trade in goods and services and investment in different potential sectors,he added.He said during the year 2017-18 the bilateral trade figured dollars 1.3 billion and it was in Malaysia’s favour. Malaysia mainly imports textile and electronic products from Pakistan and its major exports to
other side were palm oil and chemicals.
He said this could be multiplied with mutual efforts of both the countries, who should take maximum benefits of their free trade agreement signed on November 8, 2007 in Kuala Lumpur.This FTA was one the most comprehensive agreements signed by Pakistan and it aimed at promoting bilateral trade by giving tariff preferences on various items. It covers trade in goods and services, investment and economic cooperation.It is especially for Pakistan to take more initiatives and full benefit of FTA, he said.Malaysian diplomat said hotel industry was flourishing in his country
due to the best developed tourism industry. Shangrilla and Brijaya were
the two major and famous chains of hotels. The latter was also affiliated
to ASEAN hotel networks. Malaysian hotel chains had big interest to expand
their network to Pakistan but were shy because of negative propaganda about
security situation here. He said Malaysian mission in Karachi was making every possible effort to increase trade, investment and economic cooperation between the two
countries.