Partnerships with Diaspora community pivotal: USAID
OBSERVER REPORT DUBAI—JS Group and People Organization hosted an event in honor of John Groarke-Mission Director USAID Pakistan at the Capital club situated in Dubai International Financial centre in Dubai. Groarke delivered a keynote speech focusing on ‘Diaspora Engagement for Impact Investment in Pakistan’. He mentioned that USAID considers building partnerships with the Diaspora community as integral to its partnership efforts for advancing development in Pakistan in a more effective, efficient, and sustainable manner.
“We are exploring multiple ways of engaging the private sector, through encouraging corporate social responsibility, strategic business initiatives and ad- vocacy”, Mission Director further reiterated that he was greatly pleased to have discussed some of the ways in which companies and individuals can engage with USAID in improving the landscape of Pakistan.” Groarke also thanked JS GROUP for organizing such a marvelous event along with members of the Pakistani Diaspora community in UAE. The diaspora also appreciated efforts taken by JS GROUP in bringing USAID and Pakistani Diaspora at one platform.
Ali Raza Siddiqui, Vice Chairman JS Group, during his talk highlighted the significance of diaspora engagement for impact investment in Pakistan. Siddiqui is also currently serving as director of Bank Islami Pakistan Limited, PIBT and Mahvash & Jahangir Siddiqui Foundation. and is looking forward to leading the agency’s operation spanning the country and by bringing forth his vision for expansion and improvement.
A veteran of Pakistan’s advertising sector, Mansoor joins Orient from a short stint at Interflow but more so from JWT Pakistan, which he led as CEO since 2000. Under his dynamic leadership, JWT became the highest awarded agency of Pakistan at PAS for 3 consecutive years, and also clinched Campaign Asia’s first gold for a creative agency based in Pakistan in 2013. In his over 20-year career, he has led innumerable projects for Pakistan’s top notch clients, and has served as Vice Chairman of the Advertising Association of Pakistan. across 82 countries in six continents.
Pakistan is a major producer of perishable commodities such as fruits and vegetables, meat and fresh seafood. Emirates SkyCargo plays an important role in these exports reaching global customers thereby contributing to the exports and the overall economy of Pakistan.
Red meat, including beef and mutton, constitutes the largest share of perishables exported from Pakistan through Emirates SkyCargo. The carrier transported more than 11,400 tonnes of red meat from the period April to September 2016. Dubai is a major export destination for red meat from Pakistan. White meat, including fresh fish and crabs, are also important perishable commodities that are exported via The country is the fifth leading global producer of mangoes. Pakistani mangoes are high in fibre content, low on calorie count and also contain adequate amounts of nutrition, making them one of the most sought after fruits around the world.
Emirates SkyCargo transported Pakistani mangoes to destinations where they are much in demand including in the US and Europe. The carrier transported close to a thousand tonne of mangoes to London alone this year. The Middle East also receives a large share of mango exports from Pakistan. Other than mangoes, the total export of fruits and vegetables from Pakistan via Emirates Sky Cargo accounts to up to 1,500 tons this year.