President’s Message on the occasion of the New Year

Dear PBPC Members and Friends, 

On behalf of the Pakistan Business Professional Council (PBPC) Abu Dhabi, I would like to thank the Executive Board, all members, and staff for being part of this Council, everyone contributed, how great or small, we share a love for this council. I appreciate your continued support and dedication, which have an integral to PBPC Abu Dhabi’s progress and success

2020 will be a year seared in all our memories. It’s been a year and continuously gives an impact on our lives, our communities, and our nation in ways none of us could ever imagine.

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought so many changes and challenges. It has changed the world and style of living and working.

As PBPC Abu Dhabi President, I am proud of the work done by the Council during the year 2020. We have continued with our activities and events, using technology and its platform to connect with members, other business councils, and Government entities. The council went beyond the border interacting with the Pakistan Government, organizations, and community in GCC, Pakistan, UK, Canada, USA and other countries, with the guidance and support of the Pakistan Embassy and the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce & Industry

I wanted to take a moment to send an update about the Council and share with you some of the various events we have made this year – 15 PBPC Events, 22 business meetings, & 42 Joint Business Group event/webinars, and also some assurance that we are focused on achieving our objectives to empower each other, and our community during this time of crisis. We have kept our website up to date with the latest news on safety & health and business issues through our help desk.

PBPC Abu Dhabi will keep striving to strengthen this organization. The pandemic has shown that – by working together, whether onsite or remotely – we can achieve and develop a lasting relationship with the community and continue building momentum with a program that would achieve the council’s objectives.

Along with all the new hopes and promises that the New Year would bring. Hope it also brings us a lot more opportunities to work together. Wish you and your family

A Great and Prosperous HAPPY NEW YEAR 2021. Stay Safe, Stay Alert & follow the SOPs.

As always, we like to look back and remember those nice moments that we shared.


Dr. S. Qaiser Anis

President


Abu Dhabi, UAE – The Pakistan Business Professional Council (PBPC) Abu Dhabi in continuation to raise awareness among overseas Pakistanis about  Roshan Digital Account in Pakistan organized another webinar in collaboration with Pakistan Embassy UAE and State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) on 25 November 2020.

The event arranged in line with the policy of the Government of Pakistan to facilitate the citizens abroad and financially connect them to Pakistan’s banking channel through the easiest and befitting manner. It was attended by senior officials of SBP, the President & CEOs of major Banks in Pakistan, and Pakistani community members across the UAE region.

Dr. S. Qaiser Anis, President of Pakistan Business Professional Council Abu Dhabi and moderator of the webinar, opened by welcoming and thanking the participants and speakers for attending.

Charge d’ Affaires, Mr. Imtiaz Feroz Gondal, Charge d’ Affaires of Pakistan Embassy UAE,  appreciated the initiative of PBPC Abu Dhabi for organizing and arranging the webinar for the benefit of more than a million overseas Pakistanis living in UAE in particular and the GCC countries at large.

Dr. Murtaza Syed, Deputy Governor SBP, the guest of honor in his remarks thanked the Council for organizing another webinar to promote the new era on banking in Pakistan for overseas Pakistani through the Roshan Digital Account (RDA). He briefed the participants on the current update in the result of the RDA since it was launched a few months back and highlighting the salient aspects of the Government’s initiatives.

The webinar was participated by the President & CEO of Habib Bank Limited, Faysal Bank, MCB Bank Limited, Meezan Bank Limited, Samba Bank Limited, and United Bank Limited. Each of them was speaking about the uniques features of RDA, its offers and benefits

The State Bank team and community members applauded the Council’s efforts to arrange the event to have another first-hand information of the RDA and interaction among the participated major banks in Pakistan. The presentations were followed by the questions and answer session by the community members. The event was broadcasted live on Council’s Facebook page and viewed by hundreds of overseas Pakistanis, as well.


Abu Dhabi, UAE – Pakistan Business Professional Council Abu Dhabi holds its 15th Annual General Meeting held on remotely via video conference on 21st October 202.

The Annual General Meeting started with a recitation of verses from the Holy Quran. The opening remarks were given by Mr. Zafar Iqbal Chaudhry, Founding Member and the Chair of the AGM. President Dr. S. Qaiser Anis reported the Council’s accomplishments and overview of the significant events with more than 55 events over the last 12 months, including 16 corporate/business interactions with the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce, Government of Abu Dhabi Officials, Local Departments, other 30+ Business Councils, members and the community at large. Following his report, VP Legal & Coordinator Mr. Khalid Bashir, VP Programme Mr. Mohd. Iqbal Nasim and  VP Membership – Dr. Muhammad Farhan delivered their reports. The Audited Finance Statement of the Council by VP Finance Mr. Ammar A. Sheikh including Auditors Reports which was approved.

Dr. S. Qaiser Anis appreciated to all the Executive Board of Directors 2018-2020 term and all the members who contributed their time and efforts to the programs, and for their continued support for the council.

He also thanked the President of UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Prime Minister of UAE H.H. Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and our Patron-in-Chief H.H. Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Ministry of Culture, Youth, and Social Development for their kind patronage and support to the Pakistani community.

He also highly appreciated the contributions of the Honorary members and former Chairmen for continued support to the council – H.E. Maj. Gen. (RTD) Salim Ullah, H.E. (RTD) Air Marshall Syed Qaiser Hussain, H.E. Khurshid Junejo, H.E. Jamil Ahmed Khan, H.E. Ahsan Ullah Khan, H.E. Asif Durrani, H.E. Moazzam Ahmad Khan and H.E. Ghulam Dastgir.

Moreover, he made a special thanks to the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce, whose support is always available, to the government entities that the council worked and supported our events – Ministry of Economy, Abu Dhabi Stock Exchange, Department of Economic Development and to the State Bank of Pakistan for the recent webinar the council organized.

The Coordinator of the Nominating Committee Mr. Inamul Haq Khan announced the election of the Executive Board 2020-2022 voted by the members of the general body.

The new PBPC Abu Dhabi Executive Board to lead out the council for the two-year term 2020-2020 are:

President: Dr. S. Qaiser Anis
Executive Vice President: Mr. Khan Zaman
VP Legal & Coordination: Mr. Badaruzzaman Ahmad
VP Finance: Mr. Muhammad Fahd
VP Membership: Dr. Muhammad Farhan
VP Programme: Mr. Mohd. Iqbal Nasim
VP Communication & Information: Mr. Muhammad Sohail Khokar
Board Member: Engr. Mohd. Ajmal Sheikh


Abu Dhabi, UAE – The Pakistan Business Professional Council (PBPC) Abu Dhabi organized a webinar in collaboration with the Embassy of Pakistan UAE and State Bank of Pakistan on Thursday, 15th October 2020, and highlighted Pakistan’s first presence-less account opening through the Roshan Digital Account

Dr. S. Qaiser Anis, President Pakistan Business Professional Council Abu Dhabi

Dr. S. Qaiser Anis, President of Pakistan Business Professional Council Abu Dhabi and moderator of the webinar, opened by welcoming and thanking the participants and speakers for attending.

“The Council supports the Roshan Digital Account and this will be a revolution in remittance of the fund from the overseas Pakistanis. A good percentage of increase and by opening and maintaining the bank account resulting billions of US dollars or in foreign currencies in the overseas bank account in 8 designated banks. And also, will create awareness on the State Bank of Pakistan’s initiative Roshan Digital Account. This move by the Government of Pakistan is very beneficial for all Overseas Pakistanis”, said Dr. S. Qaiser Anis

 

Mr. Imtiaz Feroz Gondal, Charge d’ Affaires, Pakistan Embassy UAE

Mr. Imtiaz Feroz Gondal, Charge d’ Affaires of Pakistan Embassy UAE,  appreciated the initiative of PBPC Abu Dhabi for organizing and arranging the webinar for the benefit of more than a million overseas Pakistanis living in UAE in particular and the GCC countries at large.

That Prime Minister Imran and his government have been focusing to facilitate overseas Pakistanis and resolved their issues. Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has also focused to provide facilitation to overseas Pakistanis. He is also leading the efforts for increasing our outreach on economic diplomacy and to attract investment from overseas Pakistanis

The State Bank of Pakistan’s arrangements for such an initiative certainly will provide comfort and ease of remittances and operating the accounts in multiple currencies and they can do this digitally which is the need of the hour.

He appreciated that this is the dynamic action taken by the government of Pakistan and this eliminates the hawala business and it is comfort Pakistanis used to have in operating their account because of the various legal requirements of the presence in the country wherever the account holder is operated.

 

Mr. Syed Irfan Ali, Executive Director, State Bank of Pakistan

Mr. Syed Irfan Ali, Executive Director of State Bank of Pakistan said that overseas Pakistanis have opened Roshan Digital Accounts across 61 countries and most of them were from UAE and Saudi Arabi because a large chunk of the country’s diaspora works in these Gulf nations.

He added that the government subsidizes the cost of remittances for overseas Pakistanis, spending around Rd15 Billion (Dhs34 million). To encourage the non-resident Pakistanis to remit more through legal channels, the government has also obtained a fatwa (religious decree) that the Hawala system is not halal.

 

Mr. Arshad M. Bhatti, Director of Exchange Policy Department (EDP), State Bank of Pakistan
presented the Roshan Digital Account

 

The Director of Exchange Policy Department (EDP) of the State Bank of Pakistan, Mr. Arshad M. Bhatti, gave a detailed presentation on the Roshan Digital Accounts to the participants. And that, for the first time in Pakistan’s banking history, Non-resident Pakistan’s have been provided an opportunity to remotely open bank accounts in Pakistan entirely through digital means without visiting a bank in Pakistan or an Embassy or a Consulate office. The facility has been initially launched through 8 Pakistani banks. SBP would continue to add other banks to the list in the future.

Mr. Zulfikar Khokar, Head of Pakistan Remittance Initiative (PRI), State Bank of Pakistan
presented the Initiatives taken by SPB/ Gov’t of Pakistan to promote worker’s remittances

 

Elaborating the efforts of SBP for facilitating overseas Pakistanis, Mr. Zulfikar Khokhar, Head of the Pakistan Remittance Initiative (PRI) presented SBP’s facilitation of home remittances and its benefits to the remittee.

He also announced the future initiatives of SBP that would provide Enhanced International engagement with Pakistan diaspora through Pakistan Embassies and consulates, the use of the latest technology to make remittances, faster, cheaper, accessible, and transparent, and other initiatives that would benefit the non-resident Pakistanis.

The webinar has a question and answers session where many questions were answered by the speakers from the State Bank of Pakistan, then and there, and if there are further questions they encouraged to visiting the website http://www.sbp.org.pk.

In closing, Dr. Qaiser Anis thanks the Charge d’ Affaires and all the speakers for participating in this mission of the council to serve the community and Pakistan.

The webinar was attended by prominent Pakistani community members and representatives of leading community organizations and businesses hailing from Abu Dhabi, Dubai, as well as various parts of the emirates, and from other GCC countries.

 


Abu Dhabi, UAE – The Pakistan Business Professional Council (PBPC) Abu Dhabi organized a virtual get-together in celebration of Pakistan Independence Day on August 26, 2020.

 

The virtual event has participated by the current and former Ambassadors of Pakistan to the UAE & Honorary Members of the Council, H.E. Ghulam Dastgir, H.E. Ahsan Ullah Khan and H.E. Jamil Ahmed Khan. In addition, Mr. Mahesh Kumar, Director of Overseas Pakistanis Foundation (OPF) Islamabad, and Mr. Khalid Mahmood, Member of Parliament of the United Kingdom join the event.

During his welcome remarks, Dr. S. Qaiser Anis, PBPC Abu Dhabi President welcomed and acknowledged the former Ambassadors and the Council’s Honorary Members for their presence, as well as the distinguished guests, the Council’s members, and friends across the world.

Dr. S. Qaiser Anis, PBPC Abu Dhabi President

In his remarks, Ambassador H.E. Ghulam Dastgir spoke on how he appreciates the Council’s effort in this difficult time to host this auspicious event – Pakistan Independence Day. He also added that PBPC Abu Dhabi should continue to play in promoting trade and commerce to strengthen the relationship between the two countries, Pakistan and UAE.

Ambassador Ahsan Ullah-Khan commented, “The Pakistan Business Professional Council is a key player in this process of promotion and development. A pivot for the establishment of cordial trade relationships between our country and the world. I am certain that you will plan and work for the betterment of Pakistan and our community here, individually and collectively.

Ambassador Jamil Ahmed Khan commended the Council for a magnificent initiative to hold the virtual celebration of the Pakistan Independence Day.

(Left to Right) H.E. Ghulam Dastgir, Ambassador of Pakistan to the UAE,

Ambassador Ahsan Ullah-Khan, Ambassador Jamil Ahmed Khan

The Director of Overseas Pakistanis Foundation (OPF) Islamabad, Mr. Mahesh Kumar also gave his message to the participants. Followed by the Member of Parliament of the United Kingdom, Mr. Khalid Mahmood.

Dr. Tariq Nizami, Founder & CEO of the CEO Clubs Network announced that they will launch a CEO Clubs Network in Pakistan this year. This will be a great opportunity for Foreign Investment to come to Pakistan.

Mr. M. Iqbal Dawood, Pakistan Business Council Dubai President, and Mr. Riaz Malik, former Executive Vice-President of PBPC Abu Dhabi also conveyed their felicitations on the occasion of Pakistan Independence Day.

(Top) Mr. Mahesh Kumar, Director, OPF Islamabad, Mr. Khalid Mahmood, Member of Parliament of the United Kingdom. (Below) Dr. Tariq Nizami, Founder & CEO of The CEO Clubs Network, Mr. M. Iqbal Dawood, President Pakistan Business Council Dubai and Mr. Riaz Malik, Past Executive VP PBPC Abu Dhabi

 

Mr. M. Iqbal Dawood, Pakistan Business Council Dubai President, and Mr. Riaz Malik, former Executive Vice-President of PBPC Abu Dhabi also conveyed their felicitations on the occasion of Pakistan Independence Day.

The virtual event concluded with a word of thanks by Mr. Mohd. Iqbal Nasim, VP Programme of Pakistan Business Professional Council Abu Dhabi.

Dr. A. Hadi Shahid, Founding Member PBPC Abu Dhabi, moderated the whole duration of the event.

Mr. Mohd. Iqbal Nasim, VP Programme PBPC Abu Dhabi and

Dr. A. Hadi Shahid, Founding Member, PBPC Abu Dhabi

 

With more than 45 attendees participated and join to celebrate with the Council’s virtual get-together for Pakistan Independence Day. A one-of-a-kind initiative with a wonderful collection of distinguished participants from across the globe.

The PBPC Abu Dhabi will continue to uphold the council’s objectives – using its platform and presence in the region to support its members during the pandemic.


Abu Dhabi, UAE – The Pakistan Business Professional Council Abu Dhabi organized the virtual 15th International Urdu Mushaira 2020.

Now in its 15th year, Mushaira 2020 is in honor of the works of the legendary poets, Himayat Ali Shair and Rahat Indori.

In this edition, poets from Pakistan, Canada, Australia, India, and other countries presented Urdu poetry in all its scintillating rang-o-aahang styles and genres. Showcased the richness and diversity of contemporary Urdu verse.

L-R: (first row) Ms. Seema Ghfal, Mr. Mohd. Iqbal Nasim, Dr. S. Qaiser Anis, Dr. Asim Wasti, Mr. Zahoorul Islam (second row) Dr. A. Hadi Shahid, Dr. Kalim Qaiser, Mr. Afzal Khan, Mr. Akhtar Shad, Mr. Shakeel Jazib (third row) Mr. Khalid Aziz, Mr. Syed Tabish, Mr. Syed Jalaluddin Azimbadi, Mr. Auj-E- Kamal, Mr. Irfan Mustaza

The event was virtually attended by Dr. S. Qaiser Anis, President of Pakistan Business Professional Council, Dr. A. Hadi Shahid, Founding Member of Pakistan Business Professional Council, Mr. Mohd. Iqbal Nasim, VP Program PBPC Abu Dhabi. Together with the members of the PBPC Abu Dhabi Executive Board, Mr. Nayyer Hamed, Dr. Muhammad Farhan, Mr. Khalid Bashir, Mr, Ammar Sheikh, and Engr. Mohd. Ajmal Sheikh.

The dazzling poets’ list of the evening comprised – Mr. Zahoorul-Ul Islam, Mr. Auj-E- Kamal, Mr. Tabish Zaidi, Mr. Jalal Zaeem Abdi, Dr. Asim Wasti, Mr. Ashraf Shad, Mr. Abbas Tabish, Mr. Shakeel Jazib, Dr. Kalim Qaiser, Ms. Seema Ghazal, Mr. Afzal Aziz, Mr. Khalid Aziz, Mr. Irfan Murtaza, and Ms. Tasneem Abidi.

PBPC Abu Dhabi aims to support and continue the long-standing tradition of promoting the Urdu language and culture in the region.


In the continuity of the tradition to pay homage during Ramadan to the late H.H. Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan the first President of the UAE and Father of the Nation, a great friend of Pakistan, on his 16th death anniversary, the Pakistan Business Professional Council (PBPC) Abu Dhabi, working under Abu Dhabi Chamber of
Commerce & Industry, organized a virtual fateha prayer and remembrance on 19 May 2020.

The prayer was joined by members of the PBPC Abu Dhabi and President/Chairman, Directors of all business councils in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Dr. S. Qaiser Anis, PBPC Abu Dhabi President thanked all the participating business councils for taking time to offer prayer and their statement.

Ms. Ellecia Saffron – Australian Business Group
Mr. Nick Cochrane-Deyt – British Business Group
Mr. Dhia Hussain – Canadian Business Council
Ms. Gulizar Jonian – International Business Women’s Group
Mr. Dhia Al Shakarchi – Iraqi Business Council
Ms. Noeleen Saeed – Irish Business Council
Mr. Rajiv Shah – Indian Business & Professional Group
Mr. Mohamed Sayel Al Maiitah – Jordanian Business Council
Engr. Saleh Awad, Mr. Muhammad Arikat & Mr. Fadel Al Jabi – Palestinian Business Council
Dr. Wael Suleiman – Polish Business Council
Dr. Kassem Alom – Syrian Business Council
Ms. Charoline Engel – Swiss Business Council
Mr. Moncef Ben Hamida – Tunisian Business Council

May Allah accept our prayers for Sheikh Zayed that his soul be placed in heaven
(Jannatul Firdous) and for the prosperity and well-being of UAE, the President of UAE,
Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, the nation and all its residents.

It is an annual event of the Council that had been religiously practiced every anniversary. The PBPC delegates offered fateha in a tribute to the soul of late H.H. Sheikh Zayed. The delegation commended the efforts of late Sheikh Zayed’s support for the brotherly relation of UAE and Pakistan. The recollection of the late Sheikh’s unique abilities and his sensible and incomparable personality, which was a spirit of patience and affection that built bridges of friendship and cooperation between UAE and Pakistan had been reminisced. These policies are being continued by His Highness Shiekh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.


SHARJAH: AN INNOVATIVE ECOSYSTEM

The 2nd Business Councils Tour organized by the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce & Industry was held on 02 March 2020 at SCCI.

Tour Program:
~ Expo Centre Sharjah
~ Sharjah Investor Service Centre (Saeed)
~ Sharjah Research Technology and Innovation Park


A meeting between the Director-General of Abu Dhabi Chamber, H.E. Mohamed Helal Al-Muhairi & Mr. Omar Salih Wahbi, Delegation Specialist ADCCI and PBPC Abu Dhabi Board Members & Members, was held today, January 29, 2020, at Abu Dhabi Chamber.


The first Ladies Committee meeting of the Council held today 17 December 2019 where we discussed the year 2020 plans and upcoming activities