KARACHI -  Margaret Adamson, High Commissioner of Australia, called upon industrialists and human resources managers to develop a better understanding of new concepts and ideas in human resources and to upgrade the skills capital of employees.

She was addressing the annual International Human Resources Management Conference of Employers Federation of Pakistan in collaboration with International Labour organization and Bahria University Karachi Campus as chief guest of the inaugural session.

The conference was attended by around 200 delegates, representing the corporate sector, intelligentsia, academia, business and civil society.

She added that Australia is well placed to provide technical knowledge and training in mining, agriculture, livestock, and education.

Saghir Bukhari, Senior Program Officer, ILO presented his keynote address on “Future of Work and HRD Challenges” highlighting the major process of change undergoing in the world of work and the response of the ILO in order to be able to advance its mandate for social justice.

Majyd Aziz, president Employers’ Federation of Pakistan, in his welcome address called upon the HR Managers to equip themselves with new vision, knowledge and tools to be able to deal with the blend of technology, innovation and entrepreneurship that are imperative to bring about fundamental changes in the future of work.

Interactive panel discussion took place in the afternoon session chaired by Asif Saad, COO K Electric with Stephen P Knode, Senior Commercial Officer, US Consulate General, Karachi, as the Chief Guest. The panelists included Jamil Bajwa (K-Electric), Zeeshan Lakhpaty, Alkarim Hassan, Uzma Alkarim, (GEO), Muhammad Afzal (PTCL) and Farah Amir (PTCL).

The conference was moderated by Fasihul Karim Siddiqi, Secretary General EFP, Sharmeen (KE) and Nuzhat Jahan (EFP) while Zaki, Vice President EFP presented the vote of thanks. Mementos were presented to the Chief Guests, speakers, panellists and selected dignitaries.