BOP and FINCA sign agreement

LAHORE (PR): FINCA Microfinance Bank and the Bank of Punjab have signed an agreement on the MasterCard affiliate membership. The program enables the Bank of Punjab – a premier MasterCard partner - to extend its MasterCard license to FINCA MFB, thereby becoming the first such affiliation in the country. This milestone enables FINCA to extend MasterCard services to its customers, while maintaining a low cost footprint. Through this affiliate license by BoP, FINCA will issue Master Card branded Debit Cards to its core banking as well as Branchless Banking customers.

The deal also allows BOP and MasterCard to strengthen relationships while adding to their respective business portfolios.

The signing ceremony took place at The FINCA head office in Lahore and was attended by senior executives from FINCA Microfinance Bank, and The Bank of Punjab.

 Karandaaz organises workshop

 LAHORE (PR): E-commerce trends in Pakistan are changing rapidly due to the growing number of broadband/3G/4G users as well as government efforts for digital inclusion. Moreover, e-commerce will gain further inducement as internet becomes accessible to the remaining unserved population. This was the crux of the workshop ‘Cracking E-Commerce 2.0,’ jointly organised by Planet N and Karandaaz to create awareness about e-commerce potential in Pakistan.

In light of rapidly increasing trends, workshop gathered relevant stakeholders to discuss essential parameters of e-commerce; the role of e-commerce in development of SMEs; policies and regulations that can help this sector grow and challenges and opportunities for Pakistan at an international level.

The workshop focused on areas of customer facilitation and protection, e-payments, managing delivery logistics and using e-commerce to grow Pakistan’s exports. SMEs learnt how they could manage their own e-commerce channels. They gained insights into global best practices and access to the latest e-commerce framework to grow their business.

Participants of the workshop included members of government, leading e-commerce sites UrduBit, GameStorm, Yayvo, HBL, UBL, MCB, Eastern Garments, Well.pk, BlueX, Wavetech, Food Panda, FINJAS, Junaid Jamshed, Bakeware.pk, TPS Online, Interlink, IDG, NIFT, Leopards as well as aspiring startups from the industry.

E-commerce adoption has positively impacted revenues and profitability of SMEs. Despite high potential, a majority of Pakistani SMEs are yet to adopt e-commerce or are sub optimally engaged.

 DWP offers exclusive discounts on daraz.pk

LAHORE (PR): DWP Group, producer of EcoStar Electronics and official brand partner of Gree ACs in Pakistan, has taken one more initiative to increase convenient accessibility of its products. Now, customers can find both brands on daraz.pk – a popular online shopping platform. With daraz.pk, the wide range of EcoStar and Gree products is available for online shopping while special discounts will be offered on various products, from 25th to 27th November2016, as a part of the Black Friday sale on daraz.pk.

On this Black Friday, (25th – 27th Nov) customers can avail amazing discount offers and can place online orders to buy air conditioners, LED televisions and water dispensers. The products will be delivered at doorstep of customer across Pakistan.

Products available on daraz.pk are authentic, original, under warranty and being sold under company’s terms and conditions.

This initiative reflects DWP Group’s commitment to create such services for the comfort of customers. Team of DWP Group always seeks to adopt innovative ways to serve its valued and loyal customers.

 DIBP staff gala

LAHORE (PR): Dubai Islamic Bank Pakistan organised a Staff Gala for central region at a local resort. The event was attended by 700 staff members of the DIBP family. The Gala had various activities and sporting events for the staff and their family to enjoy. Various prizes were also distributed to the staff, along with a bumper prize at the end of the sporting events.

Concluding the gala, Junaid Ahmed, CEO DIBP, held a town hall session for the staff in which he not only emphasised on the health and fitness attributes of the staff but also the importance of such events.

“We are proud to conduct such events for our hardworking and dedicated staff and will further continue to do so in the future,” Junaid Ahmed said.

 Rozee Power Talks

LAHORE (PR): ROZEE.PK CEO Monis Rahman hailed Pakistan’s improving entrepreneurial environment during a key Facebook live session. The session, as part of the series “ROZEE Power Talks”, focused on the subject of startups and how to ensure their success.

ROZEE Power Talks” is yet another initiative by ROZEE.PK to provide a platform for knowledge seekers and budding entrepreneurs to learn from industry leaders. As Pakistan’s largest online recruitment platform, ROZEE.PK is used by over 75,000 employers and 6.5 million professionals. Since its inception, the ROZEE.PK platform has facilitated over 1 million job placements and has the largest database of searchable CVs in Pakistan.

 Sindh Bank BoD meeting

KARACHI (PR): The Board of Directors of Sindh Bank, in its meeting held on November 21, gave its approval for conducting the due diligence of Summit Bank Limited and evaluating the information to be provided by it, subject to State Bank and other regulatory approvals, leading to potential acquisition/merger.

 Mega discount deals

 KARACHI (PR): For the highly anticipated Black Friday Sale, Yayvo.com and JazzCash held an event to announce mega discount deals available for customers during Yayvo – JazzCash Black Friday 2016. It is announced that Yayvo.com will be going live with its Black Friday deals from 6 pm on Tuesday, 22 November, 2016.

Thus, customers can avail exciting discounts on their favorite products without waiting any longer.

The festive event showcased promotional videos developed to aid shoppers in their quest to find the right product this Black Friday. These videos are available on Yayvo.com and JazzCash’s social media assets.

“We want shoppers nationwide to know that Yayvo – JazzCash Black Friday 2016 is an occasion which is not to be missed. The discounts we are offering on the hottest products in the market are unmatched. Noticing a lot eagerness amongst shoppers, starting from today, we are going live at 6 pm with a mix of a discount deals on all our range of product categories,” said Adam Dawood, Head of Yayvo.com.

The 10,000 different products for Yayvo - JazzCash Black Friday 2016 include global brands i.e. Apple, Samsung, Sony, Kenwood, Fitbit etc. coupled with a host of top local brands.

Each product will carry a discount of up to 80% during the online shopping fiesta, while users of JazzCash will be able to enjoy even greater discounts if they pay for their purchases through their Mobile Account.

 JS Bank Deaf Sports Festival

KARACHI (PR): JS Bank Deaf Sports Festival was organised in partnership with the Pakistan Association of Deaf, a welfare organization which is engaged in the betterment of deaf community since 1987.

At the closing ceremony, Zaid Haroon, SVP Corporate Communication for JS Bank, presented the trophies and medals to the winning and runner-up teams. He stated that JS Bank has always believed in social cohesion of all members of the society especially the deaf. They have also been supporting the JS Academy for the Deaf, whose first batch of Bachelors of Arts students graduated in 2015.

The event concluded with Irfan Mumtaz, co- president of PAD, thanking JS Bank for continuing to support the deaf community.

 Zong partners with Daraz

ISLAMABAD (PR): Zong, Pakistan’s No 1 data network, has partnered with Daraz.pk to bring Zong 4G Black Friday 2016. Black Friday will be the biggest and most extraordinary online retail event in Pakistan to date, marking the digitization of Pakistani consumer market. The sale event will have up to 80% off on the online marketplace, with over 150,000 genuine products.

Details of this partnership were unveiled in a ceremony held at a local hotel which was attended by senior officials of Zong (CMPak) along with Daraz.pk.

Zong is Pakistan’s No 1 data network and leads the telecommunications market with its unmatched 4G experience in more than 200 cities. Zong is the title sponsor for this year’s Black Friday on Daraz.pk. With this partnership, Zong will offer 4G SIMs and 12GB data with all Black Friday 4G smartphone sales. This partnership is in line with Zong’s commitment to develop a complete 4G eco-system in Pakistan through strategic partnerships.

Another feature of the partnership includes a shop-in-shop on daraz.pk website for activation of Zong bundles. This initiative will enable the customers to use the most affordable Zong packages whilst enjoying the fastest, widest and strongest 4G internet services.

Daraz is the pioneer of Black Friday in Pakistan and Zong is leading the market with its fastest 4G data services. With this partnership, what we are going to see on November 25th, 2016 is going to be nothing short of a Digital Revolution.