KARACHI - Adviser to the Chief Minister Sindh for Law Murtaza Wahab Siddiqi assured the employers that the anomalies and discrepancies in the newly promulgated labour laws in Sindh will be removed and a business friendly environment will be provided to the private sector to play their vital role in the economic and social development of the Province of Sindh.

He was addressing the international Human resource Conference 2016 organised by Employers Federation of Pakistan in collaboration with the International Labour Organization at a local hotel yesterday as the chief guest.

Abdul Raheem Soomro, Secretary Commerce & Industries, as the Guest of Honour at the Conference emphasised upon the role to be played by the HR professionals in optimising the use of Human capital at the enterprise level which she said would play a vital role in building transformational change in the ability of our business enterprises to combat the challenges of global and international market.

Ingrid Christensen, Country Director ILO Islamabad, in her remarks on the occasion emphasised on the role of HR professionals in developing new tools and practices needed to meet the emerging challenges in the future of work.

The decent work Agenda which is at the centre of United Nations Sustainable Development goals should in fact attract most attention of the HR professionals as they provide leadership to the business enterprises in meeting their objectives of Sustainable development, full engagement of women in economic activities as well as bringing the informal economy in the mainstream.

Earlier, Khawaja Muhammad Nauman emphasised upon the important role the HR professionals were expected to play in preparing the tomorrow’s human assets today, combating challenges in the future of work and achieving productivity through HR leadership.

He said that HR professionals, by use of their strategic roles as business partners could change the dynamics of enterprise growth in the province and demanded that the business friendly environment should be provided by the Government to capitalise upon the role of private sector in industrial growth which will ultimately result in achieving the decent Work Agenda for the mutual benefit of business enterprises and employee welfare.

Later, in the Conference, the results of the contest, companies with best HR practices were recognised for the EFP Awards of excellence in best HR practices. The Award winning companies were total PARCO, DP WORLD, BAYER Pakistan receiving the first Prize while Archroma and Lotte chemical Pakistan limited receiving the second prize in the multinational sector companies category.

Meezan Bank limited and PAK Arab refinery received the first prize while Mari petroleum and allied Bank limited received the second prize in the category of Large National Companies.

Abdul Rasheed Solangi, Secretary Labour, Government of Sindh, Alamghir shah, Government of KPK, Paul Witte, Director DECP, Kanishka Weera Singhe, Director General of Employer’s Federation of Ceylon, Zahoor Awan, secretary, PWF also spoke on the occasion.