Part­ner­ships with Di­as­pora com­mu­nity piv­otal: USAID

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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.

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