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APBF-and-TVET

APBF joins hands for Advisory Forum on TVET established in Punjab to improve Public and Private Sector partnership


Sumera Saeed | category: Business

Better employable skills and improved Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) is only possible through active involvement of private sector and close collaboration with public sector; leading towards economic prosperity.This opinion was developed in the first meeting of the Punjab TVET Advisory Forum,organized here on Thursday.

The forum was organized by the TVET Reform Support Programme, which is funded by the European Union, the Federal Republic of Germany and the Royal Norwegian Embassy, implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaftfür Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in close collaboration with the National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) as well as provincial Technical Education and Vocational Training Authorities (TEVTAs) and private sector organizations.

The forum will serve as a platform for the stakeholders from public and private sectors to improve collaboration through advocacy & awareness, provide strategic guidance regarding the implementation of the TVET reform, discuss policy issues and make the recommendations for improvements of the TVET sector. Participants agreed on the constitution of the forum as well as the terms of reference and showed interest in the scope having such forum in-place.

Mr. Hans LudwigBruns, Head of Programme TVET Reform Support Programme while opening the session shared the outcomes achieved in the first phase of TVET Reform Support Programme and shared a detailed prospect of the second phase of the Programme.

Office bearers and senior representatives from All Pakistan Business Forum, Chamber of Commerce and Industry Lahore, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Sialkot; Punjab Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority, Pakistan Vocational Training Council, Small and Medium Enterprise Development Authority, Pakistan Board of Technical Education, Trade Testing Board and Associations of Footwear, Automotive, Freight Forwarders and other organizations participated in in the forum. They supported the idea of formation of forum, which will help in advocating the implementation of National Vocational Qualifications Framework (NVQF) and reform in TVET sector. The participants termed it as a key landmark achieved for the economic development goals of the province. Mr. Ibrahim Qureshi President APBF appreciated the need of such provincial forum to have a better working coordination on TVET between public & private sector.

The working of the forum will be facilitated through a joint secretariat representing both the public and private sectors. The Punjab TEVTA, PVTC, PBTE, TTB will be part of the secretariat, as representing the public sector, while All Pakistan Business Forum, which is a private sector body, will represent the private sector along with other relevant stakeholders.The TVET Reform Support Programme will facilitate the coordination of the secretariat.

The forum will envisage advocacy to promote paradigm shift of the traditional methods of training and vocational education to Competency Based Training & Assessment (CBT&A); where Recognition of the Prior Learning (RPL) will also help in promoting the validation of skilled workers from informal sector.

For further details on TVET Reforms visit www.tvetreform.org.pk

Governor Punjab inaugurates “Ease of Doing Business Conference” by APBF

Governor Punjab inaugurates “Ease of Doing Business Conference” by APBF


Sumera Saeed | category: Business

Governor Punjab inaugurates “Ease of Doing Business Conference” by APBF

The ‘All Pakistan Business Forum’ (APBF) successfully concluded a conference on “Ease of Doing Business in Pakistan”. The Conference was held at the Pearl Continental Hotel in Lahore, where more than 250 distinguished entrepreneurs, along with regulators, industrial experts and diplomats shared their insights, ideas and knowledge. High level representation of the academia and Media was also seen. The conference promoted a positive image of Pakistan as a destination of choice for global investors.
Governor Punjab – Mr. Rafique Rajwana was the Chief Guest during the first sessions, while the second session was enriched by the personal presence of the Federal Minister of Industries – Mr. Khurram Dastagir Khan. Several Ambassadors and senior Diplomats also attended the forum as Guests of Honor, while the learned speakers discussed critical topics, with the aim to devise an effective roadmap for Pakistan’s brighter future.

The most prominent speakers at the forum were: The US Consul General in Lahore – His Excellency Yuriy R. Fedkiw and Ambassador of the European Union to Pakistan – H.E. Mr. Jean-Francois Cautain. Other distinguished speakers included: Telenor’s Chief of Corporate Affairs and Strategy – Muhammad Aslam Hayat, to discuss the Telecom Sector in Pakistan.

The President of APBF – Mr. Ibrahim Qureshi presented the concept of this conference and stated that: We are thankful for the enthusiastic participation of so many industrial leaders and regulatory experts in this insightful forum. This event will go a long way in meeting the key objectives of APBF, as we strive to promote and protect the interests of the business community, besides suggesting industrial reforms to the policy-makers.

The General Secretary of APBF – Mr. Maaz Mahmood also delivered a welcome note for the delegates. The Team Leader of “TVET Reform Support Programme” – Muhammed Ali Khan discussed the crucial topic of Human Resource Development. The Rector of the University of Management & Technology (UMT) – Hassan Shoaib Murad highlighted the steps to develop a more effective educational system and Academic institutions. The Manufacturing sector was discussed by the CEO of Kansai Paints – Agha zafar Abbas and the Chairman of Ruba SEZ & Haier Group – Faisal Afridi. The performance of the Textile Chemicals Industry was analyzed by the Managing Director of BEZEMA- CHT Pakistan (Pvt) Ltd. – Haroon Ali Khan.

The Grievance Commissioner for businesses – ‘Federal Ombudsman’ for Overseas Pakistanis – Hafiz Ahsan Ahmad Khokhar also addressed the forum. The Supply Chain Management sector was discussed by Amir Munir – the Chief Operating Officer of ‘CEI Supply Chain Pvt Ltd/ DB Schenker. The Retail Sector was covered by Anis Iqbal Sheikh – Chief Executive Officer of Al Fateh Shopping Mall.

The President of Pak-China Joint Chamber of Commerce & Industry – Wang Zihai talked about the Opportunities and Challenges emerging with the ‘China-Pakistan Economic Corridor’ project. The CEO of NETSOL Technologies – Saleem Ghaui spoke about the development of ‘Informantion & Communications Technologies. The Country Lead of Monsanto Pakistan – Aamir Mahmood Mirza, along with the CEO of Alico Tech Pvt Ltd – Asim Shahzad Sheikh discussed the progress of the Agricultural Sector.

The Panelists of an insightful discussion included: Ambassador of Hungary – Istvan Szabo, Ambassador of Bosnia – Dr. Nedim Makarevic, CEO of Alyph Music – Noor Fatima, along with Rashid Mehr – CEO of TUV Austria – Bureau of Certification, Manzoor ul Haq Malik – Regional Chairman of FPCCI, Asif Rafique Rajwana – CEO of Leads Tech, Qaisar Nadeem – from the Punjab Youth Workforce Development Project, Dr Saman Yazdani Khan – Director of the Centre for Health & Population Studies and Advocate Chaudhry Zulfiqar Ali – President of Lahore High Court Bar Association.

Another discussion by a panel of experts featured; Ms. Uzma Manzar – Chief Executive of Platform, Carlos Morales – the Ambassador of Spain, Shehryar Tahir – the Deputy GM External Affairs at SMEDA, Rizwan Khalid Butt – Chairman of Punjab Industrial Estate & Mgmt Company, Asif Ali Tipoo – Chief Executive of Hoest, SVP Sundar Industrial Estate, the Principal of Kinnaird College for Women, Abdul Basit President LCCI – Abdul Basit and the CEO of Footlib – Wasim Zakaria.

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Governor Punjab to chair the “Ease of Doing Business Conference” on 5th April

Governor Punjab to chair the “Ease of Doing Business Conference” on 5th April


Sumera Saeed | category: Business

Governor Punjab to chair the “Ease of Doing Business Conference” on 5th April.

The All Pakistan Business Forum (APBF) is organizing a conference on “Ease of Doing Business in Pakistan”. The forum will be held on the 5th of April, 2017 at the Pearl Continental Hotel in Lahore. More than 250 distinguished entrepreneurs, along with regulators, industrial experts and diplomats will share their knowledge. High level representation of the academia and Media is also expected, to portray a positive image of Pakistan as a destination of choice for global investors.
The Chief Guests during the two insightful sessions will be the Governor Punjab – Mr. Rafique Rajwana and the Federal Minister of Industries – Mr. Khurram Dastagir Khan. Several Ambassadors and senior Diplomats are also expected to attend the forum as Guests of Honor. The speakers will discuss critical topics, with the aim to devise an effective roadmap for a brighter future.
The most prominent speakers at the forum will be: The US Consul General in Lahore – His Excellency Yuriy R. Fedkiw and Ambassador of the European Union to Pakitan – H.E. Mr. Jean-Francois Cautain as the ‘Guests of Honor’. Other distinguished speakers will include: Telenor’s Chief of Corporate Affairs and Strategy – Muhammad Aslam Hayat, to discuss the Telecom Sector in Pakistan. The President of APBF – Mr. Ibrahim Qureshi will present the Concept and objectives of this Conference.

The Team Leader of “TVET Reform Support Programme” – Muhammed Ali Khan will discuss Human Resource Development. The Rector of the University of Management & Technology (UMT) – Hassan Shoaib Murad will highlight the development of Academic Education. The Manufacturing sector will be discussed by the CEO of Kansai Paints – Agha zafar Abbas and the Chairman of Ruba SEZ & Haier Group – Faisal Afridi. The Textile Chemicals Industry will be discussed by the Managing Director of BEZEMA- CHT Pakistan (Pvt) Ltd. – Haroon Ali Khan.

The Grievance Commissioner for businesses at the Federal Ombudsman for Overseas Pakistanis – Hafiz Ahsan Ahmad Khokhar will also address the forum. The Supply Chain Management sector will be discussed by Amir Munir – the Chief Operating Officer of ‘CEI Supply Chain Pvt Ltd/ DB Schenker. The Retail Sector will be covered by Anis Iqbal Sheikh – Chief Executive Officer of Al Fateh Shopping Mall.

The President of Pak-China Joint Chamber of Commerce & Industry – Wang Zihai will talk about the Opportunities and Challenges emerging from the ‘China-Pakistan Economic Corridor’ project. The CEO of NETSOL Technologies – Saleem Ghaui will speak on the development of ‘Information & Communications Technologies. The Country Lead of Monsanto Pakistan – Aamir Mahmood Mirza, along with the CEO of Alico Tech Pvt Ltd – Asim Shahzad Sheikh will discuss the Agricultural Sector.

The Panelists for an insightful discussion will include: Ambassador of Hungary – Istvan Szabo, Ambassador of Bosnia – Dr. Nedim Makarevic, CEO of Alyph Music – Noor Fatima, along with Rashid Mehr – CEO of TUV Austria – Bureau of Certification, Manzoor ul Haq Malik – Regional Chairman of FPCCI, Asif Rafique Rajwana – CEO of Leads Tech, Qaisar Nadeem – from the Punjab Youth Workforce Development Project, Dr Saman Yazdani Khan – Director of the Centre for Health & Population Studies and Advocate Chaudhry Zulfiqar Ali – President of Lahore High Court Bar Association.

Another discussion by a panel of experts will feature; Ms. Uzma Manzar – Chief Executive of Platform, Carlos Morales – the Ambassador of Spain, Shehryar Tahir – the Deputy GM External Affairs at SMEDA, Rizwan Khalid Butt – Chairman of Punjab Industrial Estate & Mgmt Company, Asif Ali Tipoo – Chief Executive of Hoest, SVP Sundar Industrial Estate, the Principal of Kinnaird College for Women, Abdul Basit President LCCI – Abdul Basit and the CEO of Footlib – Wasim Zakaria.

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