Kattar Bund Industrial

Association seeks LCCI help

Lahore (Staff Reporter): Kattar Bund Road Industrial Association has sought the help of the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry to get the issues of Kattar Bund Road Industrial areas resolved at the earliest. A delegation led by the President of Kattar Bund Road Industrial Association Syed Mahmood Ghaznavi called on the LCCI President Sheikh Muhammad Arshad and Vice President Nasir Saeed. The delegation informed the LCCI President and lack of infrastructure in this important industrial area was hitting the industrial activities hard. “It seemed that the Katar Bund Road Industrial area does belong to the Punjab government as despite being at a few kilometres away from Thokar Niaz Baig.

, it has completely broken roads and no sewerage system and lack of facilities that always discourage foreign and local buyers,” the delegation members said.

They informed the LCCI President that the Katar Bund Industrial Area was established four decades back and as many as 150 small and medium industrial units are operating in this area today. They complained that both the provincial and the district governments had neglected the area and no development work, including the maintenance of infrastructure, was carried out in past one decade.

The LCCI President Sheikh Muhammad Arshad said that government should focus on improving the infrastructure and law and order situation in this industrial area and dacoities and theft are order of the day.

He said that the area industrialists appreciate Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif for giving a special focus on infrastructure development in the province, but at the same time also want of him to direct the concerned officers to take stakeholders into confidence.

Tripda marks its first

anniversary in Pakistan

Lahore (Staff Reporter): Tripda - Pakistan’s largest carpooling platform recently hosted its annual community meet-up in Lahore, to celebrate the completion of its first year of successful operations in Pakistan. The event attracted a large number of Tripda’s loyal users and professionals belonging to the tech/IT fraternity. This user-community meet-up was hosted by renowned entertainer - Ali Gul Pir, who also happens to use Tripda when travelling between Lahore and Islamabad. Being a smart application, offering valuable services “Free-of-Cost”, Tripda – is greatly facilitating inter-city travel-rides, as it enables car-owners the opportunities to share their vehicles, whenever they are travelling on long distance routes.

The passengers can benefit from this service, by booking an empty seat available in a car, which is travelling in the same direction. This way, car-owners and passengers can both save on travelling expenses by sharing fuel cost.

Tripda is currently operating in 13 countries across 3 continents. More and more users in Pakistan are also attracted to the service, because now they can travel in the comfort and safety of a car, saving time and money, while they connect with like-minded people during the ride. The safety offered by Tripda is evident from the fact that there have been zero reported incidents on Tripda rides so far.

The Country Manager of Tripda in Pakistan – Mr. Ahmed Usman expressed his pleasure on the overwhelming response received from the commuters in Pakistan. He stated that;

“Despite being the youngest market in our network, Pakistan is already one of our top five markets globally. Given the traction we have witnessed on our first route (Islamabad - Lahore,) we are extremely excited at the opportunity for positioning Tripda as a sustainable long distance transport alternative. We have recently launched the Karachi - Hyderabad route and plan to launch other such routes in the near future. Secondly, given the urgency around reducing carbon emissions as declared at the recently concluded Paris Climate talks, we expect carpooling platforms such as Tripda to become mainstream. Just to give you an idea, based on our internal calculations, carpooling between Lahore - Islamabad has directly resulted in reducing CO2 emissions by 170,000 KGs.

After the ride, the car-owners and passengers can rate their fellow carpoolers. These ratings have helped build a trusted community of Tripda users. Lahore to Islamabad has proved to be the most popular long-distance route in Pakistan, as Tripda gets more than 200 bookings per week on this route. Launched recently, the Karachi to Hyderabad route is witnessing 85% growth Week-on-Week. Tripda is also establishing vibrant car-pooling communities at the universities in major cities like Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad. At present the service is mostly used by young working professionals and university students for their commute needs.

13th My Karachi to be held in March next year

KARACHI (Staff Reporter): Chairman Businessmen Group (BMG) and Former President of the KCCI, Siraj Kassam Teli has announced that preparations were in full swing for staging 13th My Karachi - Oasis of Harmony Exhibition 2016 in a vivid and lively manner, which will start on 25th March 2016 and will conclude on 27th March 2016 at Karachi Expo Center. Addressing a press conference at KCCI Auditorium on Friday, BMG Chairman said that the vision behind staging this mega event is to project and promote the soft and positive image of Karachi. “With improved law and order situation of Karachi city, we are expecting immense participation which could go up to around 700,000 to 800,000 visitors”, he added.

Siraj Kassam Teli pointed out that Karachi Chamber has been constantly organizing My Karachi Exhibition since last 13 years which was initiated in 2004 when Karachi city was suffering from terrorist activities and the law and order situation of Karachi was not so good.

He said that the exhibition started from three halls in 2004 and has now expanded to all six halls of the Expo Center. “Every year, My Karachi keeps growing thanks to the untiring efforts being made by Office Bearers from time to time who try their best to perform better as compared to previous office bearers”, he added.

Highlighting the title and theme of My Karachi – Oasis of Harmony Exhibition, Siraj Teli stated that it was the Karachi Chamber and the Businessmen Group who introduced the title of ‘My Karachi’ in 2004 which has been adopted by many others with the passage of time while its theme i.e. the ‘Oasis of Harmony’ depicts the diverse, multi-cultural and multi-ethnic population who speak different languages.

Terming the exhibition as an icon of Karachi Chamber, Siraj Teli said that in between 300 to 400 stalls will be established in next year’s exhibition in which foreign delegates from 8 to 10 countries are expected to participate. “It has become a self-sustainable exhibition and has never been a burden on KCCI. 13th My Karachi exhibition will also be featuring a dedicated designers’ fabric lawn pavilion, kids play area, birds & pet show and other recreational facilities. President KCCI Younus Muhammad Bashir and Managing Committee members were also present on the occasion.

Intel holds annual year end session

KARACHI (PR): Intel held its annual Year End session in Karachi. The Year End sessions recapped key moments from 2015 and a look ahead at predictions for the coming year. Naveed Siraj presented a keynote speech and shared milestones that show it has been another breakthrough year for Intel and the IT industry as a whole, with the Asia Pacific and Japan region being a major driver for significant change. With advancements in technology across all IT– from mobile devices and IoT to backend IT infrastructures– the rapid pace of innovation will continue into 2016. Intel Pakistan is ushering in an era where technology and computational power will no longer be an adjunct to our daily lives, but an integral, immersive and all-encompassing part.

Pakistan is set to be a lead adopter of new computing form factors and usage models in 2016. As a new world of ubiquitous connectivity comes into view, Intel is confident that the future of computing is bright.

New dry port to be set up in KP

PESHAWAR (Staff Reporter): Pakistan Customs has announced to establish Azakhel Dry Port while KPCCI president Zia-ul-Sarhadi has welcomed the move by the Customs. Talking to media here Saturday, he said that the establishment of dry port equipped with modern facilities at Azakhel was the long standing demand of KP chamber, exporters and importers. But due to lack of interest and unserious attitude of Pakistan Customs and particularly of Pakistan Railways it could no be accomplished. He said that the present Peshawar Dry Port was established in 1986 on temporary basis and KP chamber, Frontier Customs Agents Group and other businessmen have told the then federal minister for the establishment of a model dry port in the city.  

At that time the federal minister had assured the construction of a state of the art dry port.

Mr. Sarhadi, who is also chairman of KPCCI standing committee on Railways and Dry Port, said that they have repeated the same demand to Haji Ghulam Ahmad Bilour.

He said that Governor KP Sardar Mahtab Ahmad Khan during his period as Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have announced the provision of 64 acres land and a fund of Rs.20 million for the trust of Peshawar Dry Port, but due to the dissolution of the government, the issue went to cold storage.

Furthermore, he said that until Pakistan Railways did not review its fares for goods brought under Afghanistan Transit Trade (ATT) from Karachi to Peshawar and Goods in Trade to Afghanistan (GITA) the new port will be of no benefit. He said that presently there are a lot of difficulties in Afghanistan Pakistan Trade Agreement (APTA), which had resulted in the diversion of 70 percent transit trade to Chah Bahar and Bandar Abbas ports of Iran.