WASH services in Jacobabad

LAHORE (PR): A lessons learnt ceremony has revealed that Jacobabad’s residents understand and are willing to address their water, sanitation and hygiene needs in a sustainable manner. This is evident from their willingness to pay for safe drinking water and other basic services after successful campaigning and the creation of City Forum, which demands efficient provision of safe, reliable, and easily accessible WASH services to the communities in the city. However, capacity development of service providers remains an essential area to further work on.

It was highlighted that behavior change campaigns, social mobilization, and extensive capacity building exercises, when combined in one project can serve as an effective formula to address the water, sanitation, and hygiene needs of a city’s residents. The findings were revealed after the successful completion of a project that seeks to mobilize communities to improve Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) services in Jacobabad city.

It is a collaborative effort between UNICEF, UN-Habitat, and WaterAid, with funding from USAID, which aims to support the Government of Sindh in taking necessary steps to ensure the effective running of the Municipal Service Development Programme (MSDP) by taking public opinion into account in devising necessary actions. 


Shell’s clarification


KARACHI (PR): Shell Pakistan has clarified that the report in circulation regarding the Kemari fire incident on November 26 at the Shell Terminal is incorrect. The fire broke out on methanol storage units of a local private oil storage and handling company at Keamari.

“It is an extremely unfortunate event that resulted in the loss of lives and we express our sorrow and concern over the incident. We believe in promoting and improving safety benchmarks across the energy industry and work in partnership with industry trade associations and professional bodies to share our safety experience, standards and knowledge. Keamari is a key installation and we urge the government to review safety and operational specifications of all stakeholders operating in the vicinity and ensure implementation of better standards to ensure safety of people and integrity of assets,” Shell statement said.


DHA Sports Club’s achievement

KARACHI (PR): DHA Sports Club (Moin Khan Academy) provides exquisite coaching and training sports facilities to youth in cricket, swimming, squash and other sports. It is a unique and befitting sports centre which optimally develops the sports talent and potential of youth to prepare them for future. In this regard, the swimming team of DHA Sports Club, which participated in the recently-held 55th Sindh Open Swimming Championship 2016, performed extremely well and won 20 medals in various categories of 30 events. The brilliant performance of the swimming team has not only brought laurels to the club but also added another feather in its crown of achievements.

DHA Sports Club with exclusive and qualitative sporting facilities of its kind is playing a pivotal role in promotion of sports activities in the metropolis that has ushered a paradigm of healthy competition of achieving excellence ensuring growth of vibrant youth of the nation.

The magnificent performance of the swimming team is a manifestation of the same.


Exporters can now apply for COO online

KARACHI (PR): Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP), in collaboration with Pakistan Customs authorities, has developed a sophisticated online Certificate of Origin Repository System for the issuance of Certificates of Origin under Electronic Data Exchange (EDE) for exports to China. The exporters can now apply for Certificates of Origin online through their WeBOC User ID. The new online system is a major shift towards greater export facilitation and exchange of real-time information between the two countries.

The module will provide a robust on-line verification facility so as to verify each and every COO issued by competent authority in country of origin at the time of clearance of goods.

This would enable Customs to timely grant concessions under preferential trade only to the eligible goods and replace the existing model which is not only ineffective and costly but often takes months before a COO get verified. The system would enable TDAP to maintain preferential export data of active exporters in a focused manner for taking informed decisions.

TDAP and Customs authorities have held series of awareness seminars across Pakistan with all stakeholders to apprise them of the new and improved procedures for the online certification, which will have direct impact in significantly reducing their cost of doing business in terms of certification under CPFTA.

The new system has been tested and deployed from 28th November 2016 at all stations responsible for issuing Certificates of Origin (COO). After the smooth implementation of EDE with China, TDAP would aim for developing a web based interface with concerned customs authorities in other importing countries to switch from manually signed and stamped COOs to electronically issued COOs readily available on web for verification.

Allied Bank partners

with Xoom


LAHORE (PR): Allied Bank Limited (ABL) has announced an agreement with Xoom, a PayPal service and leading digital money transfer provider, to deliver a new service that will offer ABL customers the ability to pick-up cash remittances sent from loved ones in the US on Xoom.

Starting November 29, ABL customers will now benefit from the ability to pick-up cash remittances sent through Xoom at any of Allied Bank’s +1100 plus branch locations. Xoom is a fast, easy to use, and cost-effective service that enables consumers to send money, pay bills, and reload prepaid mobile phones for family and friends around the world. Transfers can be sent from customers in the US using a mobile phone, tablet or computer to more than 50 countries worldwide, including Pakistan. ABL’s Home Remittance Service, “Allied Express,” collaborates with a wide range of correspondent partners across the globe to offer the fastest services for overseas Pakistanis to remit funds effectively and efficiently.

“Allied Express” service empowers overseas Pakistanis to send cash, payout and transfer remittances in any bank account maintained either with ABL or at any other bank in Pakistan.

Remittance recipients simply need to bring with them a government-issued identification card bearing their photograph. There is no additional cost, sign up, or existing ABL account required to pick-up funds.

This partnership will enable customers worldwide to connect families and friends that are geographically spread, and play a vital role in the growth and economic development of the receiving home country. ABL is very keen to work with Xoom, an industry leader in digital remittances, to better serve our Pakistani customers and offer them more convenient ways of picking up their money.

Xoom launched its bank deposit service to Pakistan in February 2015 and offers U.S. customers a fast and affordable way to send money to Pakistan from a computer, tablet, or mobile phone using Xoom’s app for Android and iOS. Users can rely on 24/7 customer service and money-back guarantee.