Training programme for women

LAHORE (Staff Reporter): A training programme will be launched next year to provide business education to women entrepreneurs. The ‘WomenX’scheme will be arranged by Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry, in collaboration with World Bank and Enclude, to impart business education and support services to women entrepreneurs running small businesses in three cities. The four-month programme will include a business education session, soft skills training tailored for Pakistani women, small coaching sessions, and networking, the LCCI said Tuesday. The government has encouraged the development of women entrepreneurs but special attention is needed on export of goods to international markets, LCCI President Sheikh Arshad said.

There should be tax concessions on products prepared by women, he added.

Women entrepreneurs are increasingly entering non-traditional businesses like boutiques, textile designing, printing and publishing, architecture, banking, I.T., business management, fashion designing etc but more should come forward, he said.

Aasia Saail Khan said women entrepreneurs are bringing design flair to garments, shoes, boutiques, and jewellery but they need to acquire better promotion skills.

PIAF condemns gas closure

LAHORE (Staff Reporter): Pakistan Industrial & Traders Associations Front has urged the government to restore the gas supply to the industry, as the continuous energy crisis has already marred industrial activity in the province, rendering thousands of industrial workers jobless. PIAF acting chairman Tanveer Sufi also flayed the proposed hike in gas tariff from Jan 2016 that would add fuel to the fire. He said that entire industry was without gas causing a loss of billions and putting at stake the jobs of 15 million people who are attached with the industry directly or indirectly. He said that the imminent industrial closures and massive lay offs would not only create trouble for the economy but would also hit the government reputation hard that is already facing challenges on various fronts.

He said that uncertainty is the most lethal thing for any business and the present regime is constantly keeping the entire business community into darkness about the real gas supply-demand situation.

Vice Chairman PIAF Khawaja Shahzeb Akram said that the impact of reported increase from January 01 would be much bigger than the expectation of the government, which should avoid any such decision keeping in view the economic scenario in the country.

Unilever talent hunt programme

LAHORE (Staff Reporter): Unilever has announced the semi-finalists for the Unilever Talent Hunt (UTH) 2015, Pakistan’s largest talent hunt programme. A total of 13 teams have been finalized for the second round of the competition, who will compete against each other for the chance to represent Pakistan at the global finale. In 2015, UTH reached out to 5,500 students across leading universities, with 900 teams registering for the contest. The teams selected for the semi-finalists represent a host of Pakistan’s leading universities including NUST, GIKI, IBA, LUMS and IoBM. These teams will be working on a number of business cases provided by six of Unilever Pakistan’s leading brands, including Sunsilk, Fair & Lovely, Lifebuoy, Knorr, Domex and Surf Excel.

These teams are being provided resources and mentoring by Unilever brand teams as they develop their entries for the finale, to be held in Karachi in January 2016.

General Tyre appoints CEO

LAHORE (Staff Reporter): Hussain Kuli Khan has been appointed as CEO of The General Tyre and Rubber Company of Pakistan Ltd. Khan is an accomplished professional with substantial and diversified managerial and leadership experience in the manufacturing sector. His association with The General Tyre and Rubber Company of Pakistan Ltd. dates back to 2006 where he was General Managing Plant and Logistics Operations. Since 2009, he had been serving as the COO. Khan’s business excellence and entrepreneurial attributes are evidenced in company’s major financial achievements over the past three years. He is also offering his services to the business associations and has served as president and vice- president of Landhi Association of Trade and Industry (LATI) Karachi.

Prior to that, he held Executive Finance & Executive Director Finance positions from 1997-2006 at JDM Textile Mills Ltd.

MAN Pakistan opens workshop

KARACHI (PR): MAN Diesel & Turbo Pakistan has formally inaugurated its new workshop in Karachi. The new location will offer after sales support to both Diesel & Turbo and Truck & Bus customers. The event was attended by top management of MAN from Middle East and Europe along with top business stakeholders from Karachi. “Pakistan is an important market for all our business areas“, said Olaf Gunia, Managing Director, MAN Diesel & Turbo Middle East. “We therefore have started to invest in our business here almost 10 years ago and today employ more than 125 people. We are confident regarding the business outlook and see further opportunities arise, e.g. from infrastructure projects starting in the near future coupled with the trade corridor opening from Gawadar till China.”

MAN Diesel & Turbo oversees a significant installed base in Pakistan in the power plants segment: The 225 MW Atlas plant in Lahore and the 225MW HUBCO plant in Narowal are fired by eleven MAN 18V48/60 engines each. The Atlas plant is also operated by MAN as part of a ten-year Operation & Maintenance contract, while a six-year long term service agreement is in place for Narowal.