The ‘All Pakistan Business Forum’ (APBF) successfully concluded a conference on “Ease of Doing Business in Pakistan”. The Conference was held at the Pearl Continental Hotel in Lahore, where more than 250 distinguished entrepreneurs, along with regulators, industrial experts and diplomats shared their insights, ideas and knowledge. High level representation of the academia and Media was also seen. The conference promoted a positive image of Pakistan as a destination of choice for global investors.
Governor Punjab – Mr. Rafique Rajwana was the Chief Guest during the first sessions, while the second session was enriched by the personal presence of the Federal Minister of Industries – Mr. Khurram Dastagir Khan. Several Ambassadors and senior Diplomats also attended the forum as Guests of Honor, while the learned speakers discussed critical topics, with the aim to devise an effective roadmap for Pakistan’s brighter future.
The most prominent speakers at the forum were: The US Consul General in Lahore – His Excellency Yuriy R. Fedkiw and Ambassador of the European Union to Pakistan – H.E. Mr. Jean-Francois Cautain. Other distinguished speakers included: Telenor’s Chief of Corporate Affairs and Strategy – Muhammad Aslam Hayat, to discuss the Telecom Sector in Pakistan.
The President of APBF – Mr. Ibrahim Qureshi presented the concept of this conference and stated that: We are thankful for the enthusiastic participation of so many industrial leaders and regulatory experts in this insightful forum. This event will go a long way in meeting the key objectives of APBF, as we strive to promote and protect the interests of the business community, besides suggesting industrial reforms to the policy-makers.
The General Secretary of APBF – Mr. Maaz Mahmood also delivered a welcome note for the delegates. The Team Leader of “TVET Reform Support Programme” – Muhammed Ali Khan discussed the crucial topic of Human Resource Development. The Rector of the University of Management & Technology (UMT) – Hassan Shoaib Murad highlighted the steps to develop a more effective educational system and Academic institutions. The Manufacturing sector was discussed by the CEO of Kansai Paints – Agha zafar Abbas and the Chairman of Ruba SEZ & Haier Group – Faisal Afridi. The performance of the Textile Chemicals Industry was analyzed by the Managing Director of BEZEMA- CHT Pakistan (Pvt) Ltd. – Haroon Ali Khan.
The Grievance Commissioner for businesses – ‘Federal Ombudsman’ for Overseas Pakistanis – Hafiz Ahsan Ahmad Khokhar also addressed the forum. The Supply Chain Management sector was discussed by Amir Munir – the Chief Operating Officer of ‘CEI Supply Chain Pvt Ltd/ DB Schenker. The Retail Sector was covered by Anis Iqbal Sheikh – Chief Executive Officer of Al Fateh Shopping Mall.
The President of Pak-China Joint Chamber of Commerce & Industry – Wang Zihai talked about the Opportunities and Challenges emerging with the ‘China-Pakistan Economic Corridor’ project. The CEO of NETSOL Technologies – Saleem Ghaui spoke about the development of ‘Informantion & Communications Technologies. The Country Lead of Monsanto Pakistan – Aamir Mahmood Mirza, along with the CEO of Alico Tech Pvt Ltd – Asim Shahzad Sheikh discussed the progress of the Agricultural Sector.
The Panelists of an insightful discussion included: Ambassador of Hungary – Istvan Szabo, Ambassador of Bosnia – Dr. Nedim Makarevic, CEO of Alyph Music – Noor Fatima, along with Rashid Mehr – CEO of TUV Austria – Bureau of Certification, Manzoor ul Haq Malik – Regional Chairman of FPCCI, Asif Rafique Rajwana – CEO of Leads Tech, Qaisar Nadeem – from the Punjab Youth Workforce Development Project, Dr Saman Yazdani Khan – Director of the Centre for Health & Population Studies and Advocate Chaudhry Zulfiqar Ali – President of Lahore High Court Bar Association.
Another discussion by a panel of experts featured; Ms. Uzma Manzar – Chief Executive of Platform, Carlos Morales – the Ambassador of Spain, Shehryar Tahir – the Deputy GM External Affairs at SMEDA, Rizwan Khalid Butt – Chairman of Punjab Industrial Estate & Mgmt Company, Asif Ali Tipoo – Chief Executive of Hoest, SVP Sundar Industrial Estate, the Principal of Kinnaird College for Women, Abdul Basit President LCCI – Abdul Basit and the CEO of Footlib – Wasim Zakaria.