ACCA promotes KP as a gateway to economic prosperity

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Karachi(Cliff News)ACCA(the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) hosted a high-profile corporate networking conference in Peshawar on the theme ‘KP: Pakistan’s gateway to economic prosperity’ providing a platform to region’s key stakeholders and thought leaders to engage in interdisciplinary, forward thinking conversations and encouraging collaborative action by proposing a common agenda aimed at revitalising the private sector to kick start an era of sustainable, inclusive economic growth in the province.Taimur Jhagra, Minister for Finance, Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Hassan Daud Butt, CEO, KP Board of Investment & Trade, Mujahid Saleem, Advisor on Economic Growth, USAID, and Assad Hameed Khan, Market Head, ACCA were among the keynote speakers who shared their insights and proposed tips for organisations to become future-ready.“It’s a source of pride to see the city opening up again and providing a platform for thought leaders to engage in meaningful conversations. The province is a large consumer market and offers exciting opportunities for investors. We strongly believe that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is our country’s gateway to economic prosperity.” – Taimur Jhagra.Commenting on the theme of the conference, Director of National Incubation Centre (NIC) Peshawar, Faisal Jamil said, “Around 60pc of all the investments and funding raised by the start-ups at NIC Peshawar have been raised by women-led start-ups. The key takeaway from the conference is that the stakeholders of this region need to focus more on inclusivity and sustainability to drive the business forward.”Recognising the aggregated impact of the conference, Mujahid Saleem said, “Today’s event will go a long way in chalking out a clear path forward to promote sustainable economic development in this region. We look forward to working with ACCA on similar initiatives in the future for the benefit of this region.”From robotics and cloud to AI and block chain, digital is arguably the biggest factor shaping the future of business around the world. At the conference, ACCA shared insights, practical guidance, strategies, and solutions to enable businesses and policy makers to embrace these new technologies and create a conducive environment for innovation and entrepreneurship.“The conference offered great insights into developing future-ready talent and preparing the youth of our country for the challenges ahead.” – Dr Sahibzada Ali Mahmud, Chief Strategy & Information Officer, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Economic Zones Development and Management Company (KPEZDMC).One of the event highlights was a future-focused panel conversation on the topic ‘Digital transformation and economic growth – journey towards sustainable development’. The conversation leaders for the segment included, Dr Mohsin Khan, Director, Institute of Management Sciences, Shafique Ur Rehman, CEO, Rehman Medical Institute, Dr Shahbaz Khan, Managing Director, KP IT Board, Dr Sahibzada Ali Mahmud, Chief Strategy & Information Officer, KPEZDMC, Syed Asmat Ullah FCCA, Executive Director Audit & Assurance, Deloitte and Arif Masud Mirza FCCA, Regional Head of Policy, ACCA.To emphasise on the importance of inclusivity and to discuss the changing nature of work, and evolving business models, the conference also hosted a thought-provoking panel conversation on the theme ‘Building an inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystem’, with contributions from Hassan Daud Butt, CEO, KP Board of Investment & Trade, Usman Zulfiqar, Academia Head SKANS School of Accountancy Peshawar, Ihsan Ullah Ihsan, Managing Director, The Bank of Khyber, Mubarak Ali Senior Faculty Member Professionals Academy of Commerce Peshawar, Faisal Jamil, Executive Vice President, LMKT and Maryam Arshad, CEO, Impact Dynamics.“We believe healthy and prosperous economies are ones that build equitable and thriving societies. In Pakistan, ACCA will continue to play its role in building a healthy and prosperous economy where people of all backgrounds are able to flourish and there’s an open access to opportunity.” – Assad Hameed Khan, Market Head, ACCA.Bank Islami Pvt Ltd. joined ACCA as an exclusive Strategic Partner. The Bank of Khyber, DHA Peshawar, and Rehman Medical Institute were the Platinum Partners, and Professionals’ Academy of Commerce (PAC), and SKANS School of Accountancy joined as Gold Partners.The conference was also supported by SECP’s Jama Punji, IM Sciences, IM Durshal, Deloitte, SMEDA, KP Information Technology Board, Pakistan Stock Exchange, KPRA, KPCCI, WCCI and KPEZDMC. Nutshell Conferences powered the conference as a Knowledge Partner.With more than 219,000 fully qualified members and 527,000 students worldwide, ACCA is the world’s leading body for professional accountants which uses its unrivalled connections across the world to connect people with fulfilling careers, organisations with the best finance talent, and economies with the ingredients for growth. With strong partnerships with top employers and social sector across the globe and an award-winning Professional Insights programme offering ground-breaking futures insight, ACCA is at the forefront of finance talent development and creating future-proof careers. 


About ACCA:

ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the global body for professional accountants, offering business-relevant, first-choice qualifications to people of application, ability and ambition around the world who seek a rewarding career in accountancy, finance and management.ACCA supports its 208,000 members and 503,000 students in 178 countries, helping them to develop successful careers in accounting and business, with the skills required by employers. ACCA works through a network of 104 offices and centres and more than 7,300 Approved Employers worldwide, who provide high standards of employee learning and development. Through its public interest remit, ACCA promotes appropriate regulation of accounting and conducts relevant research to ensure accountancy continues to grow in reputation and influence.ACCA has introduced major innovations to its flagship qualification to ensure its members and future members continue to be the most valued, up to date and sought-after accountancy professionals globally.Founded in 1904, ACCA has consistently held unique core values: opportunity, diversity, innovation, integrity and accountability.

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


Engro Vopak partners with Circle to Develop Pakistani Female Coders

Karachi(Cliff News)Engro Vopak Terminal Limited in partnership with CIRCLE Women, a social enterprise focused on women’s economic empowerment, held Tech Karo’s Closing Ceremony today, at the Karachi School of Business and Leadership. The Tech Karo Program aims to create a pipeline of women in tech by providing web development and life skills to youth, especially women from the underserved communities – an initiative that champions the UN Sustainable Development Goals 5 & 8, of Gender Equality and Economic Growth.With 62% of the students being female, the first batch had 50 graduates. Over 30 students were placed in internships with leading tech companies, including 10 Pearls and Ibex Global. The program also ensured that the students received proper guidance regarding the tech industry through Tech Mentorship. British Deputy High Commissioner Elin Burns was the chief guest for the afternoon. Tahira Raza former President First Women Bank, Dr Zahir Syed Vice Chancellor Usman Institute of Technology (UIT) and Dr Shoaib Zaidi Professor and Head of Academics at UIT were present amongst many others to show their support.While speaking at the occasion, Jahangir Piracha, CEO Engro Vopak Terminal Limited said “It was indeed an inspirational afternoon, seeing what CIRCLE had envisioned for this young talent and how they delivered their promise to give them a holistic program. We are proud that we embarked this journey to introduce more women in the tech sector with CIRCLE.”On this occasion, Sadaffe Abid, Founder CIRCLE shared the challenges in introducing this innovative program and said “Technology is an equaliser and enabler. We are thrilled to bring digital skills to young Pakistani women and men so they prosper and Pakistan progresses.”

Sound Diaries launch music video of “Ho Mian” by Natasha Baig and Karim Barolia


Karachi(Cliff News)Sound Diaries, a journey of Karim Barolia and Aamish Hussain exploring beauty of Pakistan through Sound. Sound Diaries brings its second video of the song “Ho Mian” featuring Natasha Baig with stunning audio and visual presentation of exploring pathways and connections of being one with God, the journey of self-realization and of finding God within us and showcasing exquisite landmarks and heritage sites by filming “Ho Mian” at Kalan Kot Fort, Haleji Lake and Shah Jahan Mosque in Thatta, Sindh.Karim Barolia, music producer and co-director of video of the song “Ho Mian” came up with the concept from his real life journey. The video starts with Karim on a journey of self-exploration trying to find the connection with God, he is traveling and exploring through the beauty of Sindh where Natasha Baig is subliminally singing the song in different characters crossing his path unnoticed on the course of his journey. The visual equally compliments the grandeur feel of the song and makes connection with the viewer instantly.Natasha Baig, giving her mystical voice to the lyrics of Ghulam Murtaza Mehdi and music production of Karim Barolia makes “Ho Mian” touch soul of the listener.The second video of Sound Diaries wouldn’t have been possible without its production team lead by Aamish Hussain and co-directed by Zainab Nasir, executing Karim’s directorial vision on location.Through this video, Sound Diaries pays tribute to the architectural glory and historic allure of these sites that have stood the test of time. Alongside their extraordinary appeal, each of these landmarks tells a story of years gone by. It is our responsibility to ensure we do our part in preserving the mystique of our exquisite heritage.Sound Diaries is determined to continue its journey through exploring different regions of Pakistan as well as different property of Sound. The project has been self-funded till now and is looking for sponsorship to continue its journey for showcasing the beauty of Pakistan through its actual auditory image.

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GOLOOTLO Pakistan Open Squash Championship starts from 28th Nov 2018


Karachi (Cliff News)Sindh Squash Association is organizing “GOLOOTLO Pakistan Open Squash Championship 2018 from 28th November till 2nd December 2018 at DA Creek Club Karachi.This championship is an international event registered with PSA and approved by the Pakistan Squash Federation.The event prize money is 73000 USD.Talking to media Chairman of organizing committee Squash legend Jahangir Khan said that 48 top world ranking players from 14 countries among men and women will be participating in the championship.After 2005 Karachi host this event and we asure that this event will promote soft image of Pakistan globally.We are now entering the series of international tournaments which will be helpful for grooming of young players.The tournament organizing committe also based on Tournament Director Rashid Ahmad,Finance Secretary Omer Bangash,Tournament Referee Tahir Khanzada and Media Coordinator Syed Shahjahan Salahuddin.Organizing committee also announce the Serena hotels Pakistan Open Women’s Squash Championship.On the occassion Zubair Surti,Muhammad Fahad Mehmood and Sajid Manyero is also present.

Defending Champion India beat Pakistan by 3-1 in Hero Asian Champions Trophy

Muscat (Cliff News)Title holders India rallied after conceding a goal in the opening minute to defeat Pakistan 3-1 in the Hero Asian Champions Trophy Muscat 2018 in a fast  showcasing sub-continental hockey at the Sltan Qaboos Sports Complex here today.Goals from captain Manpreet Singh, Mandeep Singh and Dilpreet Singh scored in open play to clinch India victory after Pakistan’s opening-minute strike by Muhammad Irfan Jr. on a penalty corner.A capacity crowd was treated to an exhibition of clean attacking attacking hockey at its best in the showpiece preliminary league contest of the six-nation event.Pakistan took the lead in the opening minute when Muhammad Irfan Jr. picked up a penalty corner rebound from goalkeeper P.R. Sreejesh’s pads and scored with a deft flick into the goal’s left corner.India went all out into the attack, forcing two penalty corners in the fourth minute and made a couple of forays into the rival circle, but Pakistan’s defenders kept them at bay.
Skipper Manpreet Singh restored parity for India in the 24th minute with a fine solo run down the centre as he dribbled past three defenders to flick the ball into the right corner, wide of goalkeeper Imran Butt’s reach.Mandeep Singh put India ahead in the 31st minute by shrugging off his marker to create space in the circle and placing the ball in the goal’s left corner.Young striker Dilpreet Singh increased the lead to 3-1 in the 42nd minute. Charging in from the right flank, Dilpreet fired a shot that was blocked by Pakistan’s custodian, but the striker picked up the rebound and swept the ball into the goal.
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Pakistan Scrabble Team take part in Junior World Championship

Karachi(Cliff News)Pakistan Scrabble team is leaving for Torquay,England to take part in the Junior World Scrabble Championship and World Scrabble Championship which will be played on 23 to 28 October.Junior event will be organised on 20 to 22 October 2018.We have very high hopes from our players at the JWSC.Pakistan is considered the best youth team in the world having won five of the six age categories at last year’s championship in Nottingham,England said Tariq Pervez Director Youth Program Pakistan Scrabble Association while talking to media in local hotel at Karachi.He said we are very confident of not only defending 5 of our titles but also of winning all six age titles this time.Pakistan has atleast one player considered among the favourite to win in each of these categories.Pakistan Scrabble Association is a non profit organization which doesn’t get any funds from the government.We have so many laurels for the country on self-help basis.Pakistan has probably won more titles in scrabble than any other sport in the last ten years.This year there was a strong possibility that some of top players may miss out due to financial constraints but we are lucky find Shangrilla Foods who graciously sponsored the Pakistan team enabling us to send our full strength team to defend our titles.The entire Pakistan team has got the visas and will be flying on 18th October to London.The Pakistani JWSC team consists of Moiz Baig,Sohaib Sanaullah,Daniyal Sanaullah,S.Imaad Ali,Hassan Hadi,Hammad Hadi,Hasham Hadi,Taha Mirza,Absar Mustajab,Monis Khan,Hamza Naeem,Umar Naeem,Saim Waqar,Basil Khan,Misbah ur Rehman,Muzammil Asim and Fatima Siddique.All the youth players along with senior players Waseem Khatri and Tariq Pervez will play in the WSC which starts right after JWSC.