Pakistan Business Professional Council Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi, UAE

PRESS RELEASE

 

Ambassador of Pakistan, H.E. Afzaal Mahmood, received president and Board members of Pakistan Business Professional Council (PBPC) at Pakistan Embassy on 23 June 2021. The President of the Board, Syed Qaiser Anis, has provided a brief history of PBPC since its establishment in 2004, and appreciated the support being provided by the Embassy by participating in its programs, attending PBPC’s meetings and providing new membership.

The Board briefed about PBPC’s activities and programs including interaction with local authorities and other countries’ business councils, promoting of Roshan Digital Account scheme for overseas Pakistanis, the establishment of linkage between business communities in Pakistan and the UAE as well as an exchange of delegations.

The Ambassador appreciated the contribution made by PBPC and encouraged the Board members to reach out to Pakistani professionals and Pakistani business organizations in the UAE to expand their membership and activities. The PBPC has positively contributed towards strengthening trade and investment ties between Pakistan and UAE over the years.

The other Board members who attended the meeting were Mr. Khan Zaman, Mr. Mohammed Iqbal Nasim, Dr. Muhammad Farhan, Mrs. Sadia Rehan, and Badar Uz Zaman Ahmed.


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 the State Bank of Pakistan and Austria-Pakistan Association on May 19, 2021

A representative of the Pakistani Community from major European countries – France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Switzerland has also participated in the webinar.

Roshan Digital Account set to drive sustainable GDP Growth, as it helped the government and the central bank improve the external account of the country.

The event’s objective is to attract millions of Pakistani living abroad by offering much higher returns on deposits than those in developed economies.

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.

Dr. Murtaza Syed, Deputy Governor of State Bank of Pakistan said that Roshan Digital Accounts has crossed 143, 085 accounts and attracted 1biillion dollars since its launch in September 2020.

He added that the Pakistanis in the UAE have the highest inward remittance through the Roshan Digital Account.

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

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 visit the website http://www.sbp.org.pk.

In closing, Dr. Qaiser Anis thanks the representatives from the State Bank of Pakistan and all the Pakistan representatives from France, Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, and Germany.

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 European countries.

The Pakistan Business Professional Council Abu Dhabi will continually support any initiatives of the State Bank of Pakistan that will benefit the Overseas Pakistanis.


Abu Dhabi, UAE – The Pakistan Business Professional Council (PBPC) Abu Dhabi organized a webinar on “Thrive Together: An Update on Expo 2020 Dubai’s Business Program” with Expo 2020 Dubai Business Manager Programme, Ms. Fatima Abbasi on Tuesday, 18 May 2021.

Dr. S. Qaiser Anis, President of PBPC Abu Dhabi gave welcome remarks and spoke about how Expo 2020 is important and beneficial especially to all businessmen all over the world.

Ms Fatima Abassi, Manager – Expo Business Programmegave a detailed presentation on Expo 2020 Dubai’s Programme for People and its Business Calendar.

1st Row (L-R) Dr. S. Qaiser Anis, Presdient PBPC Abu Dhabi, Ms. Fatima Abbasi, Amba. Ahsan Ullah Khan, Dr. A, Hadi Shahid 2nd Row (L-R) Mr. Asif Zaman, Mr. Mohd. Iqbal Nasim Mr. Tariq Nizami, Mr. Matteo Boffa 3rd Row (L-R) Ms. Noeleen Saeed, Mr. Mohammad Damak and Mr. Adeeb Aijaz

Expo 2020 aims to increase awareness about the challenges faced by humanity on a global scale. It is the world’s largest meeting place and offers many opportunities such as networking and promoting international relationships. Expo 2020 will consist of individuals pavilions where countries will be displaying their national cultures and technological inventions.

The webinar participated by the President/Chairman of the business councils – Belgian Business Council, Canadian Business Council, Iraqi Business Council, Irish Business Council, Palestine Business Council, Switzerland Business Council, and Tunisian Business Council, and its members.

Mr. Mohd. Iqbal Nasim, VP Programme PBPC Abu Dhabi, concluded the informative webinar


Abu Dhabi, UAE – The Pakistan Business Professional Council Abu Dhabi pays homage to the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Founding Father of the UAE on his 17th death anniversary on 01 May 2021.

A great leader, respected by rich and poor, and an inspiration to many.

Since 2005, PBPC Abu Dhabi marked every year on the 19th day of Ramadan, together with the UAE dedicates the day to remember the charity, achievements, and good reputation the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan exuded throughout his tenure as the Ruler of the UAE, from its independence in 1971, until his death in 2004.

H.E. Afzaal Mahmood, Ambassador of Pakistan to the UAE and Chairman of the Council graced the event.

His Excellency mentioned that Sheikh Zayed is always in the heart of the People. Sheikh Zayed has great foresight and a brave leader.

Joined by the following President/Chairman of the Business Councils.

Mr. Pankaj Savara – Australian Business Group
Mr. Nick Cochrane-Deyt – British Business Group
Mr. David Laliberte – 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. P.V. Sheheen – Indian Business & Professional Group
Engr. Saleh Awad – Palestinian Business Council
Dr. Ahmed Ahmer – Polish Business Council
Mr. Matteo Boffa – Swiss Business Council

The President/Chairman of the business councils commended Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan al Nahyan as a global leader, a world-renowned humanitarian and conservationist who advocated respect, sustainability, education and female empowerment.

Dr. Qaiser Anis, President of PBPC Abu Dhabi commended the efforts of late Sheikh Zayed’s to support the brotherly relations between 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.

Good words were also shared by Mr. Zafar Iqbal Chaudhry and Dr. A. Hadi Shahid, Founding Members of PBPC Abu Dhabi, Mr. Tariq Nizami, Founder & CEO of CEO Clubs Network Club, and Mr. Asif Zaman, ICAP UAE Chapter and Members of PBPC Abu Dhabi

Dr. S. Qaiser Anis thanked all the participating business councils and members for taking the time to offer prayer and their messages.

May Allah accept our prayers for Sheikh Zayed that his soul is 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.


Abu Dhabi, UAE – The Pakistan Business Professional Council (PBPC) Abu Dhabi organized a virtual celebration of Pakistan National Day on Monday, 29 March 2021.

 

Address the ceremony, Dr. S. Qaiser Anis, PBPC Abu Dhabi President, welcomed and acknowledged His Highness Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Ministry of Tolerance & Coexistence, H.E. Afzaal Mahmood, Ambassador of Pakistan to the UAE,  the past Ambassadors and the Founding Members and Council’s Members for their presence, as well as the distinguished guests, the Council’s members, and friends from across the world. Highlighting the historic day of Pakistan and pay homage to the founding fathers of Pakistan whose services and sacrifices led to the creation of a separate homeland for the Muslims of the subcontinent.

Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence, H.E. Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, also Patron-in-Chief of PBPC Abu Dhabi, who was the Guest of Honour at the ceremony, felicitated the Ambassador, His PBPC Members and Pakistani diaspora on the auspicious occasion.

In his message, “this virtual gathering, organized by PBPC Abu Dhabi, is a sign of the very strong and brotherly relations between Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates, and for our mutual high regard and respect. We are honored to call you brothers and sisters. The bonds of friendship and brotherhood between our two countries are age-old.”

The ceremony was chaired by H.E. Afzaal Mahmood, Ambassador of Pakistan to the UAE and Chairman of PBPC Abu Dhabi. His Excellency expressed his pleasure for organizing such an event and on the presence of H.E. Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan and a number of former Ambassadors and fellow Pakistanis on this important celebration of the National Day of the country.

The event was graced by the past Ambassadors of Pakistan to the UAE and the Honorary Chairman of the Council, H.E. Jamil Ahmed Khan, H.E. Asif Durrani, and H.E. Air Marshall (RTD) Syed Qaiser Hussian. These Ambassadors are great contributors and been instrumental in steering the Council with their leadership and guidance.

Messages from prominent members of the Pakistani Community whose works and dedication contributed to the betterment of Pakistan, Dr. A. Hadi Shahid, Founding Member of PBPC Abu Dhabi, Dr. Tariq Nizami, Founder & CEO of CEO Clubs Network Worldwide and Mr. Adeeb Aijaz, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Exhibitors TV Network.

The event concluded with a word of thanks by Mr. Mohd. Iqbal Nasim, VP Programme of PBPC Abu Dhabi, and was joined online by members and friends of the Council.

Lastly, the President conveyed a message to all Pakistani Businessmen, Industrials and Pakistan Chambers to participate in the Dubai Expo2020 which is going to be held from 1st October 2021 until 31st March 2022. Their participation will increase the trade, commerce, investment, and trade between the two countries – Pakistan and UAE.

The Pakistan Business Professional Council Abu Dhabi will continue to uphold the council’s objectives – using its platform and presence in the region to support its members and Pakistani community during the pandemic.

 

To watch the full message of H.H. Sheikh Nahyan, click here

To watch the full message of H.E. Afzaal Mahmood, click here

To watch the replay of the event please click here


Abu Dhabi, UAE – Urdu poetry stood tall with its beauty, majesty and melody during the 16th International Urdu Mushaira organized by the Pakistan Business Professional Council (PBPC) Abu Dhabi on Saturday evening, 27th March 2021.

Ambassador of Pakistan to the UAE and Chairman of PBPC Abu Dhabi, H.E. Afzaal Mahmood marked the opening of the Mushaira, giving a message of praise to continue motivation through Poetry at this time of universal challenges.

Dr. S. Qaiser Anis, PBPC President, complimented Mr. Zahoor Ul Islam and the team for their efforts to promote Urdu language and literature and for gathering various poets in one session. He welcomes and congratulated the poets for their marvelous performance.

The Abu Dhabi Mushaira is known for bringing all the myriad flavors of contemporary Urdu verses with more than 500 poetry lovers enjoyed the enchanting literary evening through a virtual presence, which was simultaneously live on the Council’s Facebook Page.

Mushaira has always been an annual event of the Pakistan Business Professional Council Abu Dhabi and an annual feature in the calendars of Urdu Poetry lovers from across the world. Now on its 16th Alami Mushaira.

The dazzling poets’ list of the evening comprised – Khalid Aziz, Wajih Sani, Rehana Qamar, Ahmad Ashfaq, Suhail Saqib, Masood Hassas, Alina Itrat, Khalid Sajjad, Vijay Tewari, Ambreen Haseeb Amber, Rehman Faris, Shakeel Jazib, Dr. Kaleem Qaiser,  Zahoorul Islam Javed and Abbas Tabish.

Auj-e Kamal was the special guest at the event and Zeeshan Masood recited the Naat of Inam Gawalyari.

The event was moderated by Dr. A. Hadi Shahid, Founding Member PBPC while a vote of thanks was presented by Mr. Mohd. Iqbal Nasim, VP Programme PBPC Abu Dhabi.

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

The next 17th Alami Mushaira will be held in March 2021.

To view the replay of the event please click here


Abu Dhabi, UAE – The Pakistan Business Professional Council Abu Dhabi organized the virtual Regional Urdu Mushaira on 27 February 2021.

PBPC Abu Dhabi President Dr. S. Qaiser Anis marked the opening of the Mushaira and gave the welcoming speech.

Mushaira has always been an annual event of the Council for the Urdu lovers of the region and its surrounding areas.

The event was attended by 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, Dr. Muhammad Farhan, Mrs. Sadia Rehan, and former board member Mr. Mr, Ammar Sheikh.

The event was presided by Ms. Aisah Sheikh Ashi.

The dazzling poets’ list of the evening comprised – Mr. Zahoorul-Ul Islam, Tarannum Ahmed, Shahabaz Shamsi, Tabish Zaidi, Abrar Umra, Mussrat Abbas Chaudhary, Ahmed Raza, Syed Saroosh, Nadeem Shahzad, Dr. Sarhat Zehra, Tayoub Anqa, Dr. Sabahat Asim Wasti, Yaquiob Tasawar, and Sabiha Saba Sahiba

PBPC Abu Dhabi aims to support and continue the long-standing tradition of promoting the Urdu language and Pakistan’s cultural activities in the region.

To view the replay of the event please click here

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Abu Dhabi Chamber in Cooperation with Ministry of Economy and Pakistan Business Professional Council Organize a Webinar on Latest Updates on UAE Economy 2021 and New FDI Law: 100% Foreign Ownership

The Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in cooperation with the Pakistan Business Professional Council in Abu Dhabi and the UAE Ministry of Economy, has organized a webinar on the “Latest Updates on UAE Economy 2021 and New FDI Law:%100 Foreign Ownership”.

The webinar presented a general overview of the UAE Economy in 2021, and the new FDI regulations allowing for 100% ownership to foreign companies and investors.

More than 350 officials, companies, and interested individuals operating in diverse economic sectors attended the virtual seminar.
In his opening speech, His Excellency Mohamed Helal Al Mheiri, Director General of the Abu Dhabi Chamber, said that the decree that was issued by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, in November 2020 amended the restrictions on foreign ownership within the Companies Law in the United Arab Emirates. “The newly issued decree amended the pertinent provisions of the UAE Federal Law No. 2 of 2015 on Commercial Companies, and supersedes the UAE Federal Law No. 19 of 2018 on Foreign Direct Investment (or the “FDI Law”),” he said.

H.E. Al Mheiri pointed to some of the important regulatory changes, which include: a cancellation of the requirement for commercial companies to have a majority Emirati shareholder or agent; and allowing full foreign ownership of onshore companies in certain commercial activities in accordance with the policies set by the UAE Cabinet. another change stated that where an existing company is converted into a public joint-stock company, it can sell up to 70% of its shares in the related public offering (up from the previous 30%).

The Government’s Efforts

“We are already on track to achieve this, with more than 50% of the population by the first quarter of 2021. The UAE is leading the Arab region in the COVID-19 Economic Recovery Index issued by the Horizon Research Group and occupies advanced positions and rankings in all other international competitive indexes.

The UAE government’s several economic support plans and increased public spending, as well as the wide availability of COVID vaccines, leads us to hope for a strong economic rebound in 2021 and beyond,” he remarked.

Al Mheiri added that since the Abu Dhabi Chamber is the voice of the private sector, it is continuously taking steps to support businesses to achieve sustainable economic growth through education, support programs and working closely with both the private sector and government to support innovative ideas and solutions.

Forward-Looking Approach

For his part, His Excellency, Juma Mohammed Al Kait, Assistant Undersecretary for International Trade Affairs at Ministry of Economy, emphasized that the country’s leading position in the global economy did not happen overnight, noting that it is the product of the far-sighted vision of our forefathers.

“The country has reached phenomenal economic milestones since its inception 50 years ago, thanks to the forward-looking approach of a leadership that has remained constant in fulfilling a united vision for the nation,” he reiterated.

H.E. Al Kait added that this webinar, which is organized by the Abu Dhabi Chamber, highlights the UAE’s economic programmes and its plans for the post-COVID-19 era.

”The efforts to reduce dependence on oil and gas income have been strategically pursued with the intent to broadly diversify the national economy to be an innovative and competitive ecosystem that focusses on international trade, banking and finance, tourism, real estate, manufacturing, and technology,” he said.

He stressed that the UAE government “is continuously involving the local and international private sectors to participate in economic activities by forming new laws and regulations focused on achieving sustainable development, putting in place a fit infrastructure to make the country a conducive environment to do business and by constantly enhancing the business environment in line with global trends.”

The Assistant Undersecretary pointed out that it is a natural course of the economy to grow as more people come together and do business, and it is one of the aspects that made the UAE an attractive destination to investors. “Today, a total of 300,000 companies are operating in the UAE in the form of public and private joint-stock companies and companies with limited liability, and a sole proprietorship, to name a few,” he remarked.

“The full-speed efforts and cooperation of both the public and private sectors in investment promotion programmes over the years have helped increase the levels of FDIs in the country, which further strengthened the economy’s resilience when headwinds such as the pandemic hit the country.

From 2017 to 2019, the value of FDIs in the country had reached USD 35 billion. In fact, the UAE was the second largest recipient of FDI flows in West Asia after Israel.”

Law Amendments

Concerning law amendments, Al Kait stated that the most recent amendments to the UAE’s Commercial Companies’ Law represent a major turning point. The amendment to the Commercial Companies Law revokes the country’s FDI law to allow instead 100% ownership of onshore commercial companies by foreign nationals within the country (except in strategic sectors); and establishes a new committee to propose activities of strategic impact.

In addition, These amendments will bring about enormous economic benefits, which can be summed up in: stimulating local production, boosting competitiveness, promoting innovation and efficiency, as well as advancing the business and investment climates.

“The amendments to the Commercial Companies Law are a statement that the UAE has a fertile legislative environment for establishing businesses and projects and are poised to promote an open business climate and attract a host of valuable investments; a significant transformation to the country’s economic model,” Al Kait added.

“With all these efforts in the backdrop, the UAE economy is fully geared to achieve its 2071 vision with a proactive spirit and engagement. We continue to adopt agility as an important guide to address challenges and maintain the gains we have achieved in the past 50 years. We are marching ahead to turn the pages of our history with an outlook of a future economy that is sustainable, resilient, and competitive and that is based on knowledge and innovation,” he concluded.

For his part, Dr. Syed Qaiser Anis, President of Pakistan Business Professional Council in Abu Dhabi, praised the role Abu Dhabi Chamber plays in supporting local businesses and activating the role of the private sector, extending his praise to the Ministry of Economy for its efforts in this regard.

Dr. Anis started his speech by expressing his thanks and appreciation to His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, as well as His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai; His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and all the Rulers and the UAE Government for their initiatives to combat the COVID-19 crisis.

“In response to the global impact of COVID-19 and its pressures on the international business landscape, including here in the United Arab Emirates, a multi-nation group of business councils and chambers based in Abu Dhabi and Dubai have joined forces to engage with the UAE government and work collectively to ensure business continuity in the UAE,” Dr. Anis said.

He added, “The Business Continuity Task Force is a single window of communications between the multi-nation business community and the UAE government. We bring together members of the UAE business community through their respective business councils and enable them to collaborate on a joint task force aimed at streamlining communication and deliverables to the relevant authorities. We currently represent 31 Business Councils and 6,500 companies in the UAE.”

“According to the World Tourism Organization, the UAE is currently one of the ten fastest-growing tourist destinations in the world. As a result, these have been able to attract investment into the country, thus the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) increased.”

Dr. Anis emphasized that the UAE is now on the track to bounce back economically, noting that the UAE economy is expected to begin recovery to pre-COVID-19 levels this year, 2021, especially that the FDI Law on 100% Foreign Ownership has been amended to further attract investments. “Foreign Nationals now can own 100% of companies within the onshore jurisdiction of the UAE, which previously required 51% Emirati ownership to do business outside of UAE free zones,” he added.

“This remarkable development is expected to further enhance the UAE’s position as the Gulf’s premier business hub and a stronger magnet for foreign capital and investment. The move is expected to support the continued growth of the UAE as it becomes a more robust, vibrant, and diverse economy and place to do business.”

“And, in the next 50 years – 2071, the UAE will become the first in the world in global indicators for well-being, happiness and quality of life,” Dr. Anis said.

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