RAWALPINDI - A conference titled ‘Creating People Connections’ was organised by Human Resources Department of Attock Refinery Limited (ARL) at Morgah Club here on Tuesday.

Besides ARL Chief Executive Officer M Adil Khattak, imminent speakers and participants from widely diverse fields attended the conference. The most significant feature of this conference was the presence of top of the line HR experts and the overwhelming participation of HR professionals from more than 35 organisations with the sole purpose of knowledge sharing, learning and understanding of contemporary challenges being faced by HR professionals in today’s dynamic and challenging business environment. ARL CEO M Adil Khattak, in his opening address, welcomed the participants and said that all over the world, organisational functioning was being transformed and new challenges were emerging.

Organisations were implementing strategies aimed at creation and sharing of information for organisational effectiveness and high performance. This process of knowledge management needed a corporate environment fostering learning and innovation. The current economic downturn, the worst since World War-II both globally and locally, confronts us with a daunting challenge calling for creative and out of box solutions, he added. He said that being conscious of the social, technical, economical and environmental challenges faced by private as well as public sector organisations, ARL realized the need for a platform where HR professionals and experts could share their ideas, experiences and success stories.  ARL’s first HR Conference was convened in 2009. The overwhelming response by leading organisations to our maiden event encouraged us to continue the knowledge sharing journey by turning it into an annual event and today is ARL’s 4th HR Conference.

During the one-day conference 12 papers were presented by eminent HR experts, who shared their thoughts on important aspects of different management skills.

Meanwhile, Manzar Khurshid Sheikh, President Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI), called on high-ups of Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) on the occasion of Parametric Ballot for Total Audit for the Tax year 2011 at FBR House here on Tuesday. The high-ups of FBR included member inland revenue, member audit Mustafa Arshad and other executives of FBR. Regional Tax Officers of Islamabad and Rawalpindi, Chief Executive Officer PRAL Nasirud Din Khan, representatives of FPCCI and Tax Bar Association were also present on the occasion. RCCI President Manzar Khurshid said that it was decided that FBR would only open audit of the year 2011 and above and no case would be included prior 2011. He said that board members assured that al the problems would be resolved with mutual consultation of stakeholders and tax bar association to avoid any untoward situation.

Sheikh said that Rawalpindi Chamber appreciated the said step of the government to maximize revenue generation for the betterment of the country. He said that FBR ensured that no harassment activities would be made to bother business community.