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.
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.
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.
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.