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July 1, 2011

Devolution In Process: Sindh Revenue Board starts work today

KARACHI: 

Sindh Revenue Board, setup to collect General Sales Tax (GST) on services, will start functioning from today (Friday) and it will be given the status of a separate department soon.

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June 30, 2011

IAPEX 2010
























































PRESS RELEASE FOR 16th APRIL 2010

Minister for Culture, Sindh, to Inaugurate “6th IAPEX 2010, Int’l Building Material Exhibition & Conference, Today at Karachi Expo Centre

Karachi, April 16, 2010: Sassui Palejo, Minister for Culture, Government of Sindh, to inaugurate “6th IAPEX 2010, International Building Material Exhibition & Conference, Today at Karachi Expo Centre. The 3-day Event is organized by Institute of Architects Pakistan IAP, (Karachi Chapter), and the Event Manager is Ecommerce Gateway.

IAPEX 2010, International Building Material Exhibition is once again all set to showcase both traditional and contemporary building materials & finishes, hardware, building, home décor, furniture, fixtures/fittings, garden tools & implements and many other building and home related products manufactured in Pakistan and the Asian region. For the last five years IAPEX has been an esteemed platform to highlight not only the leaders in the Pakistani Building Products Industry but also introducing a large number of selected manufacturers and manufacturers’ representatives from all parts of the region.

Running concurrently with the Exhibition at the venue will be the IAP Forum on RAJ ARCHITECTURE or British Colonial Architecture of the subcontinent and its relevant examples from the region with special emphasis on Karachi. The topic being relevant to the happenings of the past decades in the subcontinent where most of the heritage has been lost, dismantled or tarnished due to individual greed as also the wrong policies of the authorities Recent example being the arson on M.A.Jinah Road where in a very short span of time the city of Karachi was devoid of its hundreds of years of history. The chapter with other stakeholders is busy salvaging and restoring the leftovers of the aftermath. The Event comprises of 4 sessions of conferences during the 3 days, in which the renowned names like, Ar. Yasmeen Lari, Ar. Habib Fida Ali, Ar. Sajjad Kausar, Ar. Tariq Alexander Qaiser, Ar. Anila Naeem, Ar. Moyena Niazi, Ar. Ashley De Vos from Sri Lanka and Professor Abu Sayeed M.Ahmed from Bangladesh will grace the audience by their views and presentations on the topic.

The Main Sponsor of the Event is Shabbir Tiles, the sponsors are Envicrete and Nippon Paints and the co-sponsors are Amreli Steel, DFB Gypsum Industries, Grohe, Magna Crete and Pioneer Cables.

Ar. Sikandar Hayat Khan

Convenor IAPEX 2010

For Coordination at Expo Centre: Mr. Wasi-ul-Haq (Cell: 0345-240 2584, 0333-371 3974)

Mr. M. Omair Ashraf (Cell: 0333-389 7119)

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June 30, 2011

6th Health Asia 2010

PRESS RELEASE






Capt. Dr. Abdul Majid, Special Secretary, Public Health Sindh, inaugurates 6th Health Asia 2010, Int’l Conferences & Exhibition here at Karachi Expo Center, Today

Friday April 02, 2010: The 6th Health Asia 2010, Int’l Conferences in conjunction with 3rd Pharma Asia Int’l Conference & Exhibition, was inaugurated by Capt. Dr. Abdul Majid, Special Secretary, Public Health, Sindh, today, here at Karachi Expo Center. Gohar Wajid, Advisor to the Director General, Ministry of Health UAE, Salman Burney, MD GlaxoSmithKline, Dr. Sarmad Maqbool, Abbott Laboratories Pakistan, Dr. Asima Zahid, Health Sciences, Institute of Business Management, Ali Haider, Asst. GM, Health Insurance, Adamjee Insurance Company Ltd., Dr. Khursheed Nizam, President, Ecommerce Gateway Pakistan, Ozair A. Hanafi, CEO, Ecommerce Gateway and Farhan Anis, VP, Ecommerce Gateway Pakistan were also present in the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.

The Event is organized by Ecommerce Gateway Pakistan, with the support of Federal Ministry of Health, Ministry of Health, Sindh, and the sponsors, Abbott Laboratories of Pakistan, Adamjee Insurance Company, and GlaxoSmithKline. The 2-day Conferences are comprised on 3 different topics. Quality in Healthcare”, on the 1st day followed by, “Updates in Vaccination and Advancement in Dermatology on the 2nd day.

Capt. Dr. Abdul Majid, Special Secretary, Public Health, Sindh, on the occasion said that, Health ASIA is the leading and only UFI (Paris) Approved, Regional Event on Health & Pharmaceutical Industry of Pakistan on the national calendar, which provides enormous opportunities of learning, Information sharing, mutual cooperation and combined ventures to all the stakeholders in the Asian Health sector. He said that although Pakistan’s Pharmaceutical and Health Care sectors are expanding and evolving rapidly, about half the population still has no access to awareness of general health Care & modern technology. This presents a challenge and an opportunity to the government. This conference and other such efforts on public/private level, therefore play a role to provide a platform where health Industry Professionals, Doctors, Health Insurers, and other stakeholders will exchange views, highlight problems & present ideas and strategies for future development of this sector.

The Chief Guest further added that, every part of the health care system must be involved with a strong commitment at providing a compassionate, ethical and accessible general and specialized care to the community with respect towards patients and their families.

On the occasion, Salman Burney, MD GlaxoSmithKline, said that Pakistan has a very vibrant and forward looking Pharma Industry. The National pharma industry has shown a progressive growth over the years, particularly over the last one decade. The industry has invested substantially to upgrade itself in the last few years and today the majority industry is following Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), in accordance with the domestic as well as international Guidance. Currently the industry has the capacity to manufacture a variety of product ranging from simple pills to sophisticated Biotech, Oncology and Value Added Generic compounds.

Dr. Sarmad Maqbool, Abbott Laboratories Pakistan, Dr. Asima Zahid, Health Sciences, Institute of Business Management, Ali Haider, Asst. GM, Health Insurance, Adamjee Insurance Company Ltd., also highlighted the point that Health care is becoming the industry of the future as the world’s population lives longer. Until recently, investors focused on aging trends in developed economies, where life expectancies were generally higher and household incomes were sufficient to support health care spending.National public health is a recent innovation in Pakistan. Improvements in health care have been hampered by scarce resources and are difficult to coordinate nationally because health care remains a provincial responsibility rather than a central government one. Until the early 1980s, local governing bodies were in charge of health services.

The speakers stressed that the Pakistan Pharmaceutical Industry is a success story, providing high quality essential drugs at affordable prices to Millions. Technologically, strong and self reliant National Pharmaceutical Industry is not only playing a key role in promoting and sustaining development in the vital field of medicine within the country, but is also well set to take on the international markets. But in the given circumstances this industry needs strong support by the government and relieve on various fronts as that of manufacturing & exports.

The 6th Health Asia 2010 Int’l Conference will continue till tomorrow. Its worth mentioning, that Ecommerce Gateway Pakistan has come a long way and Health Asia, Int’l Conference & Exhibition, since its inception, has been serving as a regional forum for deliberations to the local and foreign investors, industrialists, academia, and entrepreneurs. It has proved to be the best across the entire spectrum of Health Care in the South Asia as it integrates delivering the best interactive opportunities to participants and an ideal environment to the audiences. In short, the conference delivers to participants, the right balance between Health industries players, senior decision makers and practitioners.

Sindh Minister for Health Dr. Sagheer Ahmed inaugurates 6th Health Asia 2010, Int’l Exhibition here at Karachi Expo Center, Today

Friday April 02, 2010: Dr. Sagheer Ahmed, Sindh Minister for Health inaugurates the 6th Health Asia 2010, Exhibition in conjunction with 3rd Pharma Asia Int’l Conference & Exhibition, being held here today at Karachi Expo Center. Amir Walliudin Chishty, Chairman LCMD and DSH, Atiq-ur-Rehman, Chairman – CSR Sub Committee, Karachi Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Francis Widmer, Commercial Counselor of France in Pakistan, Dr. Khursheed Nizam, President Ecommerce Gateway Pakistan and other Foreign Delegates were also present at the Ribbon Cutting ceremony.

The 3-day Endeavor is themed on Health Awareness & Corporate Social Responsibility, and is organized by Ecommerce Gateway Pakistan, with the support of Federal Ministry of Health and Ministry of Health, Sindh.

The Chief Guest after the inauguration visited the exhibits and stalls in the exhibition and deeply appreciated the interest and enthusiasm demonstrated by the participants. Health Asia is the leading and only UFI (Paris) Approved, Regional Event on Health & Pharmaceutical Industry on the national calendar, which provides enormous opportunities of learning, Information sharing, mutual cooperation and combined ventures to all the stakeholders in the Asian Health sector.

Since its inception, the event has been serving as a regional forum for deliberations to the local and foreign investors, industrialists, academia, and entrepreneurs. It has proved to be the best across the entire spectrum of Health Care as it integrates delivering the best interactive opportunities to participants and an ideal environment to the audiences. In short, the exhibition delivers to exhibitors, the right balance between Health industries players, senior decision makers and practitioners.

The Event, like previous years, has attracted tremendous enthusiasm from across the world; A number of foreign participants are also gracing the event from more than 10 countries including China, Japan, UK, UAE and India. There are 100 stalls in the Exhibition where more than 50 international & domestic exhibitors are showcasing their products and services with the objective of procurement, joint ventures and prospective collaborations.

In relation to the Event’s theme, it is open for Families too from 3 PM to 8 PM (daily). While, timings between 10 AM to 3 PM are held exclusive for the Trade/Corporate Visitors. More than 30,000 visitors are expected to visit the event during the 3 days.


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June 30, 2011

Devolution dilemma: Centre holds on to lucrative projects, Sindh will complain

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah asks chief secretary to meet with secretaries from other provinces to raises issues concerning devolution. PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI: 

Devolution plans are in their last stages yet it seems as if the federal government is holding on to all those institutions and projects where big money is involved.


Unhappy with the state of affairs, Sindh has decided to take up the issue at the next Council of Common Interests (CCI) meeting, which will be held under the prime minister’s supervision. This decision was made on Wednesday during a special cabinet meeting, presided over by Sindh Chief Minister (CM) Qaim Ali Shah at CM House.


The cabinet members were told that the federal government was unwilling to hand over all lucrative institutions and autonomous bodies. Only projects that are running in deficit are being transferred to the provinces, sources told The Express Tribune. “It is a violation of the 18th Amendment (to the Constitution) and the practice should be discouraged,” a cabinet member said.


After the meeting, Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon said that the meeting was called to discuss the problems with devolution. A total of 19 departments have been handed over to the provinces in three phases, but a few institutions, such as the Employees Old-Age Benefits Institution and Workers Welfare Fund, have yet to be transferred, he said.


According to Memon, the Sindh government has some confusion over the devolution process so Shah directed the chief secretary to meet the secretaries of all the devolved departments and prepare a report. The secretary will submit the report to the CM, who will then take it up to the prime minister at the CCI meeting.


The federal government would bear the expenses of these departments till June 30, he added. Devolution is a big achievement and “we now have complete provincial autonomy”, said Memon. He said that the chief minister will announce a date when this achievement will be celebrated.


Explaining the process, the information minister said that during the first phase, the ministries of special initiatives, zakat and ushr, population welfare, youth affairs, and local government and rural development were devolved. In the second phase, the education, social welfare and special education, culture, tourism and livestock and dairy development ministries were devolved.


Recently, in the third and final phase, seven more ministries, including women development, minorities’ affairs, sports, environment, health, food and agriculture, and labour and manpower were handed over.


The provincial department takes the reins after June 30 so that is when the actual work starts.


No comments on MQM


Several reporters asked Memon about the recent row between the Pakistan Peoples Party and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) but his response was “no comment”. “This has not been discussed at the meeting and I cannot talk about it.”


Sources said that Shah quoted President Asif Ali Zardari’s message and said that, “no member will talk on this issue. Let the president come and decide”.


Are there any chances of the MQM rejoining the coalition? Memon replied that anything was possible in politics.


“We don’t want to create misunderstandings, but we want to resolve the issue for the sake of democracy, the law and order situation and the reconciliation policy started by our leader,” he said.


He added that they have not closed the doors and they believe in dialogue.


Dismissing rumours of former home minister Zulfiqar Mirza replacing the CM, he said that, “this is just a rumour”. “We have full confidence in the leadership of Qaim Ali Shah. Mirza has also refuted such reports.”


He said that there was no rigging in the Azad Jammu and Kashmir elections and if that was the case, the Nawaz League would not have won nine seats.