Friday, March 18, 2011

SECP nominate Aftab Ahmad Khan, Mumtaz Hussain Syed, Asif Kamal and Bushra Naz Malik as LSE directors

The Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) has nominated high profile and experienced professionals from the financial and capital markets as directors on the Board of Lahore Stock Exchange (LSE) for 2011.

They are Mr. Aftab Ahmad Khan, Group Director (Finance & Accounts), Nishat Group; Mr. Mumtaz Hussain Syed, Chief Executive, Crosby Capital Pakistan (Private) Limited; Mr. Asif Kamal, Chairman, Trust Investment Bank Limited; and Ms. Bushra Naz Malik, former Group Director, Finance and Chief Financial Officer, Kohinoor Maple Leaf Group.

They come from the fields of project finance, accounts and investment banking have valuable capital market and corporate sector experience and can be seen as a fair mix of the requisite qualification and skills on the LSE Board.

Mr.. Aftab Ahmad Khan, Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan, has over 40 years of diverse professional experience. Presently, he is the Group Director (Finance & Accounts) of the Nishat Group, in which capacity he looks after financial and strategic planning and investment appraisal for the Group. Additionally, he is serving as Director on the Boards of the MCB Bank Limited and various other companies in the textile, paper, energy and hotel/ tourism sectors. He also served in the public sector organizations including Punjab Industrial Development Board dealing with Ghee, Sugar and Rice Milling and has been Director at the National Investment Trust Limited, Karachi from 2008 to 2010.

Mr. Mumtaz Hussain Syed, an investment banker by profession, has more than 22 years of extensive experience in the fields of project finance, investment management and analysis, business development and general management and has several high profile transactions in energy, telecommunications, banking, financial services industry and other sectors to his credit. Presently, he is the Chief Executive of the Crosby Capital Pakistan (Private) Limited which is providing financial advisory, business restructuring and management consulting services to various clients. Holding an MBA degree from the Lahore University of Management Sciences, he possesses extensive capital market experience covering privatizations, acquisitions, divestitures, debt arrangement, equity placement and joint ventures. He has also served on the Board of Directors of a number of listed companies as well as advisory positions with the government of Pakistan.

Mr. Asif Kamal, a graduate in Finance from the Business School of the University of South Florida, is presently the Chairman of Trust Investment Bank Limited: one of the leading investment banks in Pakistan. He is also the Chief Executive of Tricon Developers Limited, a real estate development company. He has also served as the Chief Executive of Genesis Securities Private Limited from 1994 to 2006, which is a financial advisory company. His professional and capital market experience accumulating up to more than 16 years, Mr. Kamal is also a member of the Federal Board of Investment since 2008 and a member of the Board of the Privatization Commission since 2010.

Ms. Bushra Naz Malik, Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan, has over 16 years of professional and financial market experience which includes her 12-year tenure as the Group Chief Financial Officer of the Nafees Group of Industries, Lahore and a 4-year term as the Group Director, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of the Kohinoor Maple Leaf Group. She did her MBA at Kellogg Business School in the US and the Schulich Business School, Canada. She also has an LLB degree from the Punjab College and Advanced Management Program certification from the Harvard Business School.

It is expected that the LSE Board of Directors, in particular, and the capital markets in general, will greatly benefit from the mix of extensive knowledge, experience and diverse expertise the above professionals will be offering, and that the said individuals will be contributing positively towards promoting principles of good governance and transparency.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Mufti Munib ur Rehman appoints as Memeber of Modarba religious board

ISLAMABAD, March 11: The federal government has appointed the renowned religious scholar Professor Mufti Munib ur Rehman as a member of the Religious Board for Modarabas (Islamic financial institutions) with immediate effect. The appointment has been made in pursuance of Section 9 of the 1980 Modaraba Companies and Modaraba (Floatation and Control) Ordinance.

This position fell vacant with Mr. Imran Ahsan Nyazee’s resignation. Mufti Munib ur Rehman will serve out the remaining term.

The board considers applications for floatation of modaraba in light of Shariah. It provides guidance, based on the teachings of Islam, to the Registrar (Modarabas) of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Consensus needed to tackle economic challenges: Ebad

Dr Ishrat Ul Ebad Khan, Governor Sindh has said that political consensus amongst all parties a pre-requisite to face challenges faced by the country.

Addressing the Annual Dinner 2010 of Korangi Association of Trade and Industry (KATI), the Dr Ebad said that the country and nation is facing various challenges particularly law and order and declining economy and all the stakeholders should sit together as the government could not face the challenges alone and without the help of all parties and the people. He said that MQM has already rejected the recent increase in POL prices announced by government. He said that MQM had rejected the POL price increase in the past as it was a big burden on the general masses. Governor said that though condition of economy is not good but still some indicators such as building up foreign exchange reserves and increase in exports are showing that the situation is not that bad either. He said that industry in Karachi has been exempted from load-shedding and the gas shortage has also been resolved with the consultation of KESC and SSGC's managements and the stakeholders. He mentioned that KATI has become a distinctive trade and industrial body through its efforts for the betterment of trade and industry. While paying tributes to Patron In-chief KATI, S M Muneer and his team he advised other trade bodies to follow his footsteps.

S M Muneer while expressing his dismay over 10 per cent increase in POL prices, said that the economy is already reaching on the verge of collapse the government has once again increased the prices of petroleum which would be extremely detrimental to the national economy and the break the backbone of general masses. He said that due to anti-people decisions would result in unrest among the people. He pointed out that one day strike in Pakistan causes Rs5 billion revenue loss to the national exchequer and government should also realize this factor and instead of increasing POL and utilities prices should try to avoid greater losses in the shape of strikes, industry's shut down and export shipments' failures. He once again demanded of the government to hand over the management of loss making public organizations such as PIA, Railways, Pakistan Steel, PEPCO, etc. to the some honest and professional stakeholders in private sector in order to bring them out of red and save Rs500 billion subsidies given to these organizations annually. The Chairman, KATI, Syed Johar Ali Qandhari in his welcome address pointed out the grim situation of the economy and asked the governor to give priority to the ongoing crisis of utilities shortage such as power load-shedding, water and gas shortage in the country's industrial and commercial hub - Karachi."Government should have to address the economy on first priority as the industries are closing down, exports declining, raw materials are getting expensive frequently and the Pak rupee has been devalued by 40 per cent in the last three years", Qandhari said.

The outgoing Chairman, KATI, Razzak Hashim Paracha said that Pakistan's industry is in really bad shape and the government should have act positively to save the industrial base to avoid mass scale unemployment in the country.

Former Chairman, Mian Zahid Husain pointed out that Karachi's industry has been exempted from load-shedding only due to the efforts by the Governor Sindh. Senior Minister, Sindh, Agha Siraj Durrani, Provincial Minister for Industries, Rauf Siddiqi, Vice President, FPCCI, Khalid Tawab and Senator Abdul Haseeb Khan also spoke on the occasion.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

After discussion among coalition partners: Petroleum prices increase reduced by 50 percent

The government has agreed to reduce by 50 percent the recent increase in the petroleum prices in the country.An announcement to this effect was made by Federal Finance Minister, Dr. Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, while briefing media at the Governor House here late Thursday night.He said "after discussion among coalition partners which was held in a very cordial atmosphere, we have decided that the increase in the petroleum prices which was about 10 percent, be reduced by half, that is, five percent".Hafeez Shaikh said that because of this the government would have to bear an additional burden.
He said that in case of any reduction in the petroleum prices in the international market, the benefit of the same would also be transferred to the public.
Finance Minister said that there would also be 25 percent reduction in the allocation of petrol for government officials.Hafeez Shaikh said that a decision has been taken in principle to reduce the recent increase in the petroleum prices by 50 percent.
He said that a formal approval would be sought from the Prime minister and a notification would subsequently be issued.
Sindh Governor, Dr. Ishrat Ul Ebad Khan, said that after the increase in petroleum prices in the wake of enhancement in the price of the commodity at international level, the chief of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Altaf Hussain, talked to President Asif Ali Zardari, and it was considered as to how the impact of the enhancement could be minimised for the masses.
He said that President Zardari sent Finance Minister, Dr. Hafeez Shaikh, and Interior Minister, Rehman Malik, for talks with the MQM team, on how the impact of increase in petroleum prices could be minimised to provide relief to the masses.
Dr. Hafeez Shaikh said that in the past three months there was almost 26 percent increase in petroleum prices at the international level but the Government of Pakistan decided to enhance only 10 percent and had to absorb an impact of Rs five billion per month.
He stated that MQM Chief Altaf Hussain and President Asif Ali Zardari initiated a contact to try and further minimise the impact of increase of petroleum prices on the people.
Federal Finance Minister said “we decided to reduce this increase by 50 percent, that is, from 10 percent to five percent.
MQM leader Dr. Farooq Sattar, who was also present on the occasion, congratulated the people on the announcement regarding reduction in petroleum prices.
He thanked President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, Finance Minister Dr. Hafeez Shaikh, and the MQM chief Altaf Hussain.
Dr. Farooq Sattar was of the view that attention be paid towards broadening the tax base.
Interior Minister, Rehman Malik, thanked the MQM leadership and Finance Minister, Dr. Abdul Hafeez Shaikh.
He said that Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and MQM always think for the betterment of the people and poverty alleviation.
Rehman malik also appealed to the transporters that in view of reduction in petroleum prices they should withdraw their strike call immediately.
MQM leaders Babar Ghauri, Syed Sardar Ahmed and Abbas Haider Rizvi were also present on the occasion.