CPEC first phase completed while second is underway:Chinese Envoy

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Karachi(Cliff News)Newly appointed Consul General of People’s Republic of China Li Bijian, has said that China-Pakistan enjoy long history of bilateral relations. Talking to media at the welcome dinner hosted in his honour by the management of Avari Group of Hotels at Beach Luxury Hotel, The dinner was largely attended by diplomats, businessmen, industrialists, journalists and elite of City.Mr. Li Bijian said that Work on the first phase of the CPEC has been completed while the second phase is underway and the people of both countries will get benefit after the completion of the project.Li Bijian found the people of Karachi very friendly and loving, as he looks forward to further strengthen the relations of two neighbouring friendly countries as both hold a similar stance on important issues. To a question, he said that enhancing the bilateral trade and investments would be his prime focus during his assignment.He further said that Pakistan is the Seventh country where he gets the opportunity to work and after full completion of coal-fired power plant by China in Thar interior of Sindh the load shedding of power will be overcome.Mr. Azeem Qureshi, Corporate Director Sales Avari Group of Hotels said that after the completion of CPEC project the tourism can enjoy the maximum traditional food festivals.

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.

Malaysia sees CPEC as a big opportunity in South Asia region:Consul General Khairul Nazran

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Karachi (Cliff News)Malaysia sees China-Pakistan EconomicCorridor as a big opportunity for South Asia region , especially forPakistan.  We can partner with Pakistan in potential projects in various sectors, if invited.Malaysia has extended big support to Pakistan in education. At present, 1600 Pakistani students were studying there in different faculties. There is big scope for Pakistani students to get higher education there.This was stated by Consul General of Malaysia in Karachi.Khairul Nazran Abd Rahman, while talking to a group of journalists at the conclusion session of two-day 20th Study Malaysia Expo at a local hotel. Besides more cooperation and support in education sector.Malaysia wanted  to increase bilateral trade with Pakistan– which was dollars  1.34 billion and was  in favour of Malaysia. Pakistan exported to Malaysia textiles, vegetable and fruit and Malaysia’s major export to Pakistan was palm oil, he said.The Malaysian envoy said his country also wanted to promote tourism in Pakistan.Last year 39,000 Pakistani visited to Malaysia.He mentioned that 30 Malaysian students were getting Islamic education in Pakistan.Being Muslim brotherly country, Malaysia  intended to build strong relationship with Pakististan. The two countries also had defence collaboration including joint trainings of forces.Some Malaysian officers were receiving training in Pakistan Air Force,he said.Malaysian Consul General , who have taken the charge just two weeks back,  felt very comfortable and happy with Karachiites whom he described as very friendly and hospital.He liked spicy food, mostlymutton items and the seafood.In addition, he said, Pakistani Basmati rice and mango were his favourite food items.

SCO join hands with PTCL to connect China with Europe and Africa

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Islamabad(Cliff News)Special Communication Organization (SCO) and Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) have signed an agreement to provide connectivity between China and major international destinations transiting through Pakistan.The signing ceremony was held at Pak-China Friendship Center during the inauguration of Pakistan-China Optical Fiber Cable (OFC) laid by SCO. Honorable Prime Minister of Pakistan Justice (Retd.)Nasirul Mulk, Major General Amir Azeem Bajwa, Director General, SCO, HI (M), Dr. Daniel Ritz, President &CEO,PTCL, Yao Jing, Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan, Deng Xiao Feng, CEO, China Telecom Global Limitedand other dignitaries attended the prestigious ceremony. SCOs Pakistan-China OFC is 820-kilometre-long stretching from Rawalpindi to Khunjerab establishing new cross border connectivity with China and is part of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project led by Government of Pakistan and China.Col. Waseem Ahmad (Retd.), DirectorPak-China OFCSCO and Adil Rashid, Chief Business Services Officer, PTCLsigned SCO and PTCLagreement.As part of this agreement, SCO shall provide capacities on its OFC network between Pak-China Khunjrab border and Rawalpindi, whereas PTCL shall provide connectivity from Rawalpindi to major international destinations through Karachi and Gwadar using its long-haul network infrastructure and PTCL submarine cable network.On the occasion, Dr. Daniel Ritz, President & CEO, PTCL said, “PTCL has been connecting the nation since 1947 and we are glad to be part of this important initiative creating a positive regional impact. With the signing of Pakistan-China Optical Fiber Cable agreement, PTCL will contribute further to the economic development and prosperity of Pakistan.”Major General Amir Azeem Bajwa, Director General, SCO, also sharing his views, expressed that “Pakistan & China have a long history of friendship and brotherhood. We are happy to see that we have taken this major step to further strengthen our relationship by connecting the world through our respective countries.”SCO and PTCL collaboration will allow Chinese Carriers to connect to neighboring countries including Iran and Afghanistan through terrestrial OFC link and major African and European destinations through PTCL submarine cables infrastructure.

About PTCL: 

Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) is the largest integrated Information Communication Technology (ICT) Company of Pakistan. With a humble start from a telephone and telegraph department in 1947, it has evolved to offer latest digital and telecommunication technologies today. It acts as the communication backbone for the country with the largest fiber cable network that spans from Khyber to Karachi and submarine cables connecting Pakistan.

FFC-HUBCO sign agreement to setup 330 MW coal power plant in Thar

Islamabad(Cliff News)Pakistan’s largest fertilizer producer, Fauji Fertilizer Company Limited (FFC) and Pakistan’s largest IPP the Hub Power Company Limited (HUBCO) have entered into a strategic alliance to set up a 330 MW Coal based Power Plant in Thar.  The Shareholders Agreement (SHA) was signed amongst HUBCO, FFC and China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC), a state owned enterprise from China in an event held in Islamabad.The power plant, being a CPEC Project, will be built under a special purpose company, Thar Energy Limited (TEL), and will be based on indigenous coal to be mined from the coal fields of Thar Block-II in which HUBCO has an 8% equity stake.

Commenting on the Shareholding pattern of Thar Energy Limited, Lt Gen Shafqaat Ahmed, HI (M) (Retd), CE&MD FFC informed that FFC will hold 30% shareholding whereas China Machinery Engineering Corporation will hold 10% and remaining 60% will be held by HUBCO. He assured that this project will help address the power shortfall in the country utilizing local coal, which is also a major goal of the current Government besides adding value to the Company’s long term investments in the best interest of its shareholders.Mr. Khalid Mansoor, CEO HUBCO said Thar Mine would be a game changer for Pakistan as it would indigenize the energy source for the Country. The Project being setup by TEL would be amongst the first of the series of Power Plants based on Thar Coal and would bring about substantial savings in foreign exchange of the Country.CE&MD FFC and CEO HUBCO added they believe that this strategic partnership will open up new avenues of business growth, whereas the excellent financial position, credibility and best business practices of the two corporates will provide synergy and confidence for all the stakeholders.Mr. Saleemullah Memon, CEO TEL on the occasion said that with strong and professional sponsors backing the Project he was sure that the Project would be completed within the allocated cost and time.FFC and HUBCO both are well reputed and internationally recognized corporate entities with extremely high business and financial credibility. Financial close of the Project is expected in June 2018, whereas the ground work on the site has already commenced and the project is expected to begin commercial production by Dec 2020.

BSM Developers officially announces Gwadar Golf City Project

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Karachi(Cliff News)Gwadar Golf City CEO & Grandson of Malik Riaz held a mega event for media to reveal their project in Gwadar. The event was organized at DHA Golf Club, where senior personalities from media, Real Estate, and Business Community were invited.Gwadar Golf City is a landmark housing development project in Gwadar Port City by BSM Developers. BSM stands for Bilal Steel Mills, and its owner Malik Bilal Bashir is the CEO of BSM Developers, the grandson of Mr. Malik Riaz Hussain; the founder of Bahria Town.Gwadar Golf City ventures into an upscale housing development, in the future commercial Hub of Pakistan which appeals to commoners and investors alike. It is claimed to be the biggest housing scheme in Gwadar, located in Mouza Paleri Garbi which lies towards north on Makran Coastal Highway. The location seems to be a bit off the coast, however the planned road networks and upcoming developments in the neighborhood make it an appealing investment option.The event was hosted by Faizan Haq, speeches by CEO Malik Bilal Bashir, Mr Zaroon- Executive Director Project. Mr Malik Bilal also announced partnership with Islamabad United (PSL Team) at the event.

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Pakistan,Iran safety lies in unity and solidarity

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By Zahid Hussain Karani

The ever growing close relations between India and Israel, is fast turning into a nexus that will have great and adverse repercussions for the Muslims of Asia particularly Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan and other Central Asian and Middle East countries. In fact many responsible leaders have not minced words in calling the India, Israel, United States an unholy alliance against Muslim countries and their freedom, with Iran and Pakistan being the prime targets.

The recent trip to India of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is best described as a fascist and war-criminal along with a 130-member delegation is the latest development in the unholy alliance of America, Israel and India.

The Israeli, Indian cooperation is meant to forge a united stand against Iran and Pakistan and disrupt their progress and economic development.

The Israelis signed nine defence cooperation agreements with India. Israel will sell India an anti-aircraft missile system for $2.5billion besides help India to develop a state of the art guided missile system. India and Israel also signed the following agreements during the Israeli Prime Minister’s visit.

An MoU on Cyber Security Cooperation between India and Israel. MoU between India and Israel’s Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Ministry of Energy on Cooperation in Oil and Gas Sector. A Protocol between India and Israel on Amendments to the Air Transport Agreement. Agreement on Film-co-production between India and Israel. MoU between the Central Council for Research in Homeopathy, Ministry of AYUSH and the Centre for Integrative Complementary Medicine, Shaare Zedek Medical Center on Cooperation in the field of Research in Homeopathic Medicine, An MoU between Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST) and the Technion- Israel Institute of Technology for cooperation in the field of space. A Memorandum of Intent between Invest India and Invest in Israel. A Letter of Intent between IOCL and Phinergy Ltd. for cooperation in the area of metal-air batteries. A Letter of Intent between IOCL and Yeda Research and Development Co Ltd for cooperation in the area of concentrated solar thermal technologies.

It is no secret that Israel considers Iran it greatest enemy and opponent and has no love lost for Pakistan as well. Iran has fully supported the Palestinian people in their just cause for a homeland. Pakistan too, is fully committed to the Palestinian cause. Israel’s hegemonistic ambitions have also been checked by Iran while Pakistan’s nuclear capabilities are viewed with alarm by Israel.

The reason for the loving relationship between the Zionist power oppressing the innocent Palestinians and fundamentalist Hindu state that has usurped the freedom of the Kashmiri people is America.

The United States has nudged Tel Aviv and New Delhi to come close to each other as Washington is dead opposed to the prosperity and progress of the Muslim countries of South, West and Central Asia. In this respect, America has incorporated Indian and Israeli services to stop the China Pakistan Economic Project which also enjoys the blessings of Russia which stands to benefit from this project.

The Chairman of Pakistan’s Senate, Mr Raza Rabbani during a recent meeting with the visiting Speaker of  Iran’s Majlis (parliament)Mr Ali Larijani said that recent developments in the world and Donald Trump’s decision to shift the US embassy in Tel Aviv to Holy Quds (Jerusalem) have brought Iran and Pakistan even closer to each other.

Senator Rabbani who is a seasoned statesman with a close eye on world events was in fact giving a wake-up call to the Pakistani and Iranian people. The US President is purposely reneging on America’s word to Iran by revisiting the nuclear deal. On the other hand the other nations, the UK, France, Germany and Russia have refused to follow the US as Iran has honoured its commitments.

As far as Pakistan is concerned, the US has dragged out every dirty trick from its bag to put pressure on Pakistan, from its usual “Do More” mantra to questioning the territorial integrity. The latest Dirty trick was President Donald Trump’s tweet on Jan 01, 2018 in a new year tweet saying Pakistan had taken $33 billion to do nothing. This set off a storm and Pakistan decided to stand up for its honour.

Pakistan and Iran have to realise that in this dark hour for both countries, either they stand close together as twins and blood brother to survive as independent honourable nations. The need of the hour, is that the friendship of Pakistan and Iran should reflect the close Pakistan and China ties. Higher than the Himalayas and deeper than the oceans. Any other option is a sure recipe for disaster for Islamabad as well as Tehran.