The Pakistan Business Council (PBC), a group of private sector companies in Pakistan which contribute immensely to the economy, hosted a seminar for the delegates of National Security and War Course 2013-14 at Karachi School for Business & Leadership (KSBL) on Thursday, November 21, 2013. The event was organised to introduce the senior officers from Pakistan Military, Navy, Air force and Civil Services to PBC’s role in the growth of trade & commerce and economic development of Pakistan. This seminar was a part of inland study tours of the provinces undertaken by the officers as an important part of the National Security and War Course conducted at National Defense University (NDU). The delegates also comprised of faculty members from NDU. The prime objective of PBC is to improve the general business climate of the country with pragmatic implementation of international/regional best practices.
The seminar commenced with Dr. Shaukat Brah, Dean KSBL, introducing the audience to the vision and mission of the institution, followed-by a presentation made by Mr. Kamran Mirza, CEO PBC, about the council’s objectives and implementation strategy.
The presentation led to an open platform for questions which were answered by a panel of five PBC directors, who are also prominent business leaders of corporate Pakistan. The panel comprised of Mr. Hussain Dawood, Chairman, Dawood Hercules Corporation Limited; Mr. Parvez Ghias, CEO, Indus Motors Company Limited; Mr. Jehanzab Khan, CEO, Akzonoble; Mr. Bashir Ali Mohammad, Chairman, Gul Ahmed; and Mr. Nadeem Abdullah, CEO, Saffire Group.
Answering a question about PBC accomplishing its objectives, Mr. Dawood mentioned that the governance needs to improve in Pakistan, and once it’s done, the implementation will become relatively easier. To a question about India being given the status of “Most Favorite Nation”, Mr. Bashir Ali Mohammad responded that the title basically means to treat the respective nation at par with other nations. The designation by no means indicates that we give India any special treatment; rather the term can be replaced with “Non-Discriminatory Accessory” to add more factual understanding of treating India equally, just like China for instance. Many other questions revolving around the role of business community in Pakistan’s resilience were answered by the panel.
The officers learnt more about the implementation strategies of the business sector during the event and appreciated their efforts. The seminar concluded with refreshing tea providing everyone a chance to interact and network.
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