Businessmen join hands with development agencies, govt to improve nutrition in Pakistan

KARACHI (PR): Pakistan network of professionals focusing on harnessing business to address malnutrition met under the banner of the Scaling Up Nutrition Business Network (SBN) the other day at a local hotel.

The multi-stakeholder UN-led SUNMovement, founded on the principle that all people have the right to food and appropriate nutrition, has been responding to persistently high levels of malnutrition globally.

Organized by the World Food Programme (WFP), Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) and Micronutrient Initiative (MI), in close coordination with the Chief Nutrition and SUN Focal Person from the Planning and Development Commission of Pakistan, the event focused on reviewing the business engagement strategy with regards to nutrition in Pakistan. The strategy was drafted in consultation with the stakeholders specifically in response to malnutrition and progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The SUN Business Network is part of the SUN Movement and aims tochannel business expertise and apply its strengths and comparative advantages to improve nutrition in Pakistan. It supports and encourages private sector businesses to develop and incorporate a combination of nutrition specific and nutrition sensitive plans in their business operations. It promotes coordination with a wide range of private sector businesses covering multiple stakeholders. Companies showing interest in having a social footprint under the SBN umbrella are increasing at an unprecedented rate and, by the end of the year, the number is expected to reach 50 across Pakistan from the current 24(fast moving consumer groups, pharmaceutical companies, food commodity producers, manufacturers, consumer, information technology and logistics services as well as others). Worldwide, SBN has a constituency of 160 companies committed to scaling up nutrition both through global and national platforms.

“Enhancing food and nutrition is an important part of WFP’s mandate,” said Lola Castro, WFP Pakistan representative. “Our efforts capitalize on local capabilities as well as technical expertise and provide locally developed and produced supplementary foods. The private sectoris an integral part of promoting nutrition in Pakistan by enhancing local expertise through technology and knowledge transfer. By continuing to work together with the private sector, we can make significant and sustainable progress towards a healthier Pakistan.”

Punjab industries to give jobs to Tevta pass-outs

LAHORE (PR): Chairperson TEVTA Irfan Qaiser Sheikh has said that innumerable industries located across the province of the Punjab have ensured to provide job opportunities to TEVTA pass-outs.

These industries include Nestle, Crescent Bahoman, Gourmet, Packages, Atlas Honda, Mughal Steel, Orient Electronics, Servis Industry, Walls Ice Cream, Ghani Glass, Izhar Steel, Habib Rafiq, Coca Cola, Pepsi, Mobilink, Telenor, Sitara Group, Innovative Biscuits, Master Poly Plastic, Syed Engineering, QSA Surgical, Wolka Foods, Hitech, Azhar Engineering, International Electro Plating, Manan Shahid Forging, Master Polyplastic, Iqbal Floor Mills, Century Paper Mills, Gourmet Foods, Kohinoor Textiles, Green Revolution Pesticides, Muhafiz Industries, Suraj Fertilizer, Angro Foods, Ghani Glass, MTM Textile and others located in various cities across Punjab.

He was addressing a meeting here at TEVTA Secretariat which was attended by Chief Operating Officer TEVTA Jawad Ahmed Qureshi, TEVTA Officers Abdul Qayyum, Azhar Iqbal Shad, Akhtar Abbas Bharwana, Amer Hasan, Sarfraz Anwar and others.

Irfan Qaiser Sheikh said that TEVTA will achieve its target to place its 60,000 pass-outs in national and international labour market.  Institute Placement Officers are collecting statistics of TEVTA pass-outs so that their placement should be made in the industry of their respective expertise.  This step is being taken to provide job opportunities to unemployed youth as per vision of Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif.

Chairperson TEVTA further said that TEVTA placement officers are making frequent visits of every industry of their respective area to find out the demand of manpower.  This initiative will not only improve market relevance resulting in generation of employment opportunities for TEVTA pass-outs but also increase enrollment besides ensuring optimal utilization of institutes.  Availability of trained and certified workforce will also improve the productivity and quality of industry, he concluded.

Lamudi.pk hosts session with bloggers

LAHORE (PR): Lamudi.pk organized a bloggers meet up in Karachi on 20th August, 2015 at Neco’s Cafe. It was a general meet and greet session of the bloggers with Lamudi’s Country Director, Saad Arshed.

The main aim of the event was to brief the bloggers about Lamudi’s phenomenal success over its two years of operations in Pakistan and introduce them to its Google inspired work culture. Saad gave a presentation to the bloggers about Lamudi’s achievements and its happy productive work environment.

The accomplishments included Lamudi’s launch of Android and iOS apps in June 2014, which have been downloaded over 535,000 times since. Other milestones achieved, included its launch of a property magazine, conducting real estate empowerment programs and lastly the launch of its new developments section on the website.

Saad also shed light on Lamudi’s employee-centric work culture, which according to him is the ingredient behind Lamudi’s growth and makes it different from more traditional work places. Lamudi has a flat management structure, where all employees from the CEO to the sales, marketing, finance, human resources and customer services departments sit together in an open-plan office.

Other perks of working at Lamudi include being entitled to unlimited snacks, access to TV while working, monthly entertainment dinners and lots more.

This presentation was followed by a networking session where bloggers could ask Saad anything about the property portal, its journey from a startup to a full grown business and the future of tech industry in Pakistan. The hashtag for the meet up was #asklamudi.

It ended with a scrumptious a la carte dinner and a photo session of the bloggers with the Lamudi team. Overall, it was a fun-filled evening and was thoroughly enjoyed by the bloggers and Lamudi team alike.

Huawei attains top position in smartphones market

LAHORE (PR): The smartphone revenue generated by Huawei in Pakistan and also in the international market has increased twofold in the first half of the year 2015, posing a strong and tough competition to rivals like Apple and Samsung. Although Huawei, the world fourth-biggest smart phone manufacturing company, couldn’t meet its targets in the past two years but this year the situation has changed dramatically. Due to the shift of the company’s focus on the high-end smart phones, the world-wide shipments of these premium models has increased to 48.2 million phones, according to the report released by Huawei and it most certainly puts the company on route to ship 100 million smart phones this year.

This major growth change for Huawei occurred when this company started focusing more on the high-end smart phone market. As it is quite clearly stated in the report released by this company, the increase in the sales growth is because of the major contributions from the high-end smart phones of Huawei which are P8, Mate 7 and Honor series.

According to the researchers, Huawei owes its success to its better quality products. The company officials have from time to time, emphasized that they pour in their energies in its R&D department, and also contribute major share of the company’s profit in the R&D department, which is why this company is now delivering excellent quality products which are being very well received in the mobile phone markets.

Huawei Pakistan’s CEO, Aragon Meng has also touted about the success of their high-end smart phone P8. This handset has been priced by the company, quite low in comparison to the peer premium models released by the rival companies such as Samsung. He said, “An unexpected high rate of growth has been recorded by the consumer business group and it has been forecasted than the revenue of our company by the end of 2015 would grow to 20 billion $ in comparison to last year’s 16 billion $.”

Huawei’s consumer business division makes electronic products such as smart watches, smart phones, tablet computers and modems. The company strategy may not be the only factor aiding the Huawei growth, according to the Analysts, the economical and affordable prices of the smart devices of this company in comparison to the competitors has also played an important role.

CNE to be licensing

representatives for WBCP

LAHORE (PR): Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP) and Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific, Inc. Friday announced their agreement under which Turner’s Cartoon Network Enterprises (CNE, licensing and merchandising division) is appointed as the consumer products licensing representative for WBCP in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and India. The licencing agent for Pakistan is ‘’Strategic Alliances’’ that is based out of Karachi.

In these markets, WBCP’s rich portfolio will be represented by CNE, consisting of films, television series, animated programs, and more. This includes iconic brands such as DC Comics Super Heroes Batman, Superman and The Flash, as well as Looney Tunes, Tom & Jerry, Scooby-Doo, Harry Potter, and many others.

The wide spectrum of WBCP’s licensing categories includes apparel, accessories, publishing, stationery, toys, gifts, novelties, as well as branded foods, personal care products and licensed advertising promotions as key categories in the region.

“Turner has always been our close partner as we support their broadcasting and marketing of animation programs in the region,” said Bianca Lee, Managing Director of Warner Bros. Consumer Products, Greater China, Southeast Asia and India. “This extension of our relationship will now include representation of our consumer products licensing business in the region, which is a strategic collaboration that will be mutually beneficial.”

CNE has an impressive licensing portfolio in South Asia, and WBCP is thrilled to become part of their network of 76 partners across, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and India, which also includes their strong footprints in traditional retail, modern trade and ecommerce. CNE was awarded the ‘Licensor of the Year Award’ by Franchise India in May 2015.

Speaking on the announcement, Ricky Ow, President of Turner Asia Pacific, said, “This association embodies the spirit of collaboration within Time Warner and leverages our combined organisation’s strengths. We already operate some of the most loved leading brands in South Asia and this collaboration will benefit from our proven success and the future investments we will make in the region. We are delighted to add WBCP to our portfolio and are very bullish on its growth opportunities.”