Trade, not war, can lift people out of poverty: FPCCI

ISLAMABAD (INP): The Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) on Friday lauded the statements of Prime Ministers of Pakistan and India regarding war on poverty. Both countries have realised that tensions are not beneficial to anyone while war on poverty and illiteracy is of prime importance, said Abdul Rauf Alam, President FPCCI. Talking to CEO TDAP SM Muneer, SVP FPCCI Khalid Tawab, SG UBG Zubair Tufail, Zonal Chairman UBG Naseem ur Rehman and others, he said that most of the world’s poor lives in sub-continent while over forty percent of the population of Pakistan and India is living below the poverty line. These people can be lifted out of poverty through trade and not with the help of war, he said, adding that leading figures of the two countries should stop trading allegations and war of words which will not benefit anyone.  Abdul Rauf Alam said that World Bank has dubbed South Asia as hotspot of development where rowth rate has crossed seven percent which will go down substantially if tensions continued.

He said that Saarc countries should improve taxation system to divide benefits of growth among population otherwise the forex reserves and miseries of masses would continue to increase.



APBF says peace vital for country’s prosperity

ISLAMABAD (INP): The participants of momentous conference organised by APBF have, through focused discussions, chalked out a roadmap for a non-violent, peaceful, prosperous and developed Pakistan. Organized in four different cities, these focused group discussions proved effective in finalizing the roadmap for a modern Pakistan as representatives of media, civil society, chamber of commerce, various trade associations, industrialists, law enforcement agencies came up with the suggestions on how to make Pakistan a citadel of peace among the comity of nations. The participants of these focused group discussions were unanimous in their approach that extremism was destroying the very social fabric of our society and hindering Pakistan’s development and prosperity. Unless extremism is rooted out, there cannot be peace and prosperity anywhere. “The role of every segment of the society is vital to bring calmness to lure investors and create a conducive business environment for the development of Pakistan,” said APBF President.

All the participants including speakers, panelists, civil society representatives and media persons praised the efforts of All Pakistan Business Forum President Ibrahim Qureshi for providing various multiple stakeholders a unique platform to sit together and come up with suggestions on how to promote peace for a business-friendly environ in  Pakistan. 






Tevta, Microsoft to train youth


LAHORE (Online): Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA) with the collaboration of Microsoft will provide IT training to its 30 thousands trainees annually. The purpose of this training is to increase the employability of youth of Punjab by equipping them with various industry and business skills related IT courses. Chairperson TEVTA Irfan Qaiser Sheikh was addressing an MoU signing ceremony with Microsoft here at TEVTA Secretariat. 

The MoU was signed by Chairperson TEVTA Irfan Qaiser Sheikh and Country Enterprise Director Microsoft Abid Zaidi. TEVTA officers Akhtar Abbas Bharwana, Hamid GhaniAnjum, Amir Aziz, Umer Farooq, Naeem Aslam and others attended. Irfan Qaiser Sheikh said that Microsoft and TEVTA will work together to carry out an assessment of the student market in the Punjab to understand the need and scope of skills in particular pertaining to business administration and management in order to initiate the potential for the development and delivery of appropriate training and education.  In addition to their regular training programme, they will also appear in Microsoft examination.  After passing the examination, they will also be called Microsoft Specialist.

Chairperson TEVTA further said that with the assistance of Microsoft, curricula will be designed meeting the local market needs so that youth may be trained as per requirement of industry. The integrity of all programmes will be assessed and validated through Microsoft Office Specialist Examination to ensure a common standard in experience and outcome.  Partnership of TEVTA with Microsoft will successfully take place in line with the policy guidelines of Chief Minister Punjab to give I.T. training to the youth of the province of the Punjab. 






‘UBG to again win FPCCI elections’


KARACHI (INP): The United Business Group (UBG) on Friday said that they will win the FPCCI elections for the third time while opponents will again face crushing defeat.  In a statement issued here Friday, he said opponents have realised their defeat in the forthcoming annual elections of FPCCI therefore they are trying to create disturbance, it said. Attack on Mardan chamber, setting record on fire and manhandling of staff and elected officials was part of the plan of the defeated panel which also wants to hide their malpractices, said Haji Naseemur Rehman, Zonal Chairman UBG. He said that former president FPCCI Haji Ghulam Ali and former VP Mirza Abdul Rehman are directly involved in burning the record but they have not been arrested which is amazing. He asked the inspector general police to order impartial inquiry and held those responsible in attacking the chamber. The veteran business leader said that Ghulam Ali remained a failure in politics and now he is trying to make it to trade politics but could not succeed despite best efforts which has frustrated him.

Now the former Senator is using all means to change the situation for which he is using political influence of JUI-F which should be noticed, he said.

He said that negative tactic will never help the opponents to win FPCCI elections and they are damaging their image. He asked the business community no to pay heed to the negative elements.