UoL launches programme in collaboration with ACCA

LAHORE (PR): ACCA and the University of London have joined hands to offer the first ever world-class Masters programme integrated with a prestigious professional qualification and held a launch event in Islamabad. This ground-breaking Masters programme will be made available to ACCA students and members around the world. This marks the first time an accountancy body has joined with a university to enable students across the globe to gain a Masters’ degree and a professional accountancy qualification at the same time.

The launch event was attended by the Chief Executive and Pro Vice Chancellor (International) University of London International Programmes Dr Mary Stiasny, Mary Bishop , Director Learning ACCA, Stuart Dunlop , ACCA Regional Director MENASA, Saad Wasim, Country Head University of London International Programmes Pakistan & Bangladesh, Sajeed Aslam, ACCA Head Pakistan , Rehan ud Din, ACCA Head of Education MENASA along with renowned educationists and a large number of ACCA members, affiliates and University of London Alumni.

Stuart Dunlop, ACCA’s Regional Director MENASA highlighted, “We are delighted to be the first professional accountancy body to be able to deliver this type of programme, meaning ACCA now directly offers choice from a complete suite of professional and academic qualifications. ACCA has a long history of working with academic partners and is proud of the opportunities these partnerships offer to our students and members.”

Spectrum Y&R holds


KARACHI (PR): Spectrum Y&R, an exclusive Pakistan affiliate for one of the world’s leading advertising agencies – Young & Rubicam, held a half-day workshop in Karachi recently. The objective of the workshop was to primarily share the knowledge acquired by two of its team members when they attended the Innovations 16 Workshop held in Singapore. The workshop also drew inspiration from VML, Y&R Global and the advertising industry in Pakistan on how agencies have the potential to think bigger and broader by innovating and resisting the usual.

The workshop kicked off with a video message from Matthew Godfrey, President, Young & Rubicam Asia, and was followed by an impressive roster of speakers who shared case stories from the network, along with inspirational Pakistani campaigns. The speakers highlighted the importance of striving for originality and authenticity to produce work agencies can be proud of. The workshop also focused on the evolution of digital, as the most used media in Asia, and its importance in boosting consumer-brand engagement. The fact that agencies are able to foster innovative partnerships through mobile advertising and become effective brand champions by conversing with consumers at various touch points was highlighted. Thought-provoking insights regarding social media applications and the power they hold in changing the future of advertising was also discussed at length. Spectrum Y&R has been regularly participating in Innovation workshops organized by Y&R Asia.

Easypaisa upgradation

ISLAMABAD (PR): Pakistan’s first and largest mobile money brand, Easypaisa has announced its successful upgradation to the next generation financial services platform established by world renowned technology provider Ericsson. Offering a number of added functionalities, the new platform with its open Application Programming Interface (API) protocol will enable better than ever speed to product development and pricing, resulting in enhanced service quality and meeting the ever evolving needs of the customers.

The platform switch is a giant leap for Easypaisa and means more than a new state-of-the-art mobile money solution. It will allow consumers to conduct secure mobile banking transactions with ease and helps operators bring mobile money to even more unbanked citizens.

t also means newer interfaces like web, and apps for tablets and smartphones, making access to Easypaisa Mobile Account easier than ever. This advancement brought about by the new platform will put Easypaisa in the hands of more people than ever before.

Pleased at the smooth transition, Nadeem Hussain, founder, president and CEO, Tameer Microfinance Bank said, “Easypaisa is continuously focusing on enhancing customers’ experience of doing financial transactions in a secure and seamless manner. It’s essential to have the right technology partner to roll out new services which provide added benefits and services to propel financial inclusion through branchless banking.”

Muhammad Yahya Khan, Chief Financial Services Officer at Telenor Pakistan, commented on the successful migration, “Easypaisa’s investment in this upgrade showcases our commitment to continuously improve the lives of Pakistanis. I would like to thank our customers, retailers, stakeholders and business partners that have made Easypaisa the largest branchless banking service of Pakistan and helping us in our ambition to make financial inclusion a reality in Pakistan through mobile technology.”

Oracle Day in Pakistan

KARACHI (PR): During its Oracle Day event, Oracle Pakistan showcased the breadth and depth of the Oracle Cloud portfolio to its various customers from a wide range of industries in Pakistan.

During the event, Oracle senior executives from Pakistan and across the region, as well as partners and customers shared their experiences and expertise in the cloud and also highlighted Oracle’s vast portfolio of cloud solutions and how they help organizations capitalize on key transformative technologies such as big data analytics, social, mobile, and IoT.

Oracle also recently introduced in Pakistan a range of new Oracle Cloud services that enhance the breadth and depth of Oracle’s extensive cloud portfolio across all layers of the stack – Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).

“The IT landscape is changing rapidly and businesses are more focused on getting highly personalized and secure cloud services to stay ahead of the competition,” said Ahsen Javed, managing director, Oracle Pakistan and SAGE-W. “These new Oracle Cloud services can also help technology providers leverage the industry’s most flexible, proven, and secure cloud infrastructure to provide their customers in Pakistan with highly innovative and accessible cloud-based services.”

Bond Advertising wins PAS Award

KARACHI (PR): Bond Advertising clinched the PAS Award 2016 in the highly contested category - ‘Best Banking & Financial Services Campaign’ on its campaign for Bank AL Habib Asaan Account. PAS Awards are organized by the Pakistan Advertisers Society (PAS), the representative body of the leading advertisers in Pakistan. The 6th annual PAS Awards ceremony was held at the Karachi Expo Centre the other day. Bond bagged the Award for the third time for its client Bank AL Habib, which is a testimony to the agency’s excellence in creativity.

Huawei P9 in Pakistan

LAHORE (PR): Finally the wait is over and the biggest technology giant in the world, Huawei has come up with its overwhelmingly celebrated flagship smartphone Huawei P9 in Pakistan. Right away, from Huawei P9 launch in London and subsequently in Dubai had created huge media hype and the market here in Pakistan was showing eagerness for the new product. And Huawei took a perfect moment to launch this smartly designed and wisely technology incorporated smart phone in Pakistani market.

MD Huawei devices section in Pakistan –Mr Shawn said, “We are excited and overwhelmed while launching our best flagship smart phone P9 in Pakistan. The market has already shown its eagerness for the best products of Huawei. No doubt, P9 is earning fame and accolade due to its professional grade camera combination, but we are offering much more indeed. We are looking forward to meet our customers’ expectations and keep the quality standard ever higher than before.”

Ufone appoints CCO

Lahore (PR): Ufone, Pakistan’s premier telecom provider, has appointed Younas Iqbal Sheikh as their new Chief Commercial Officer (CCO). “I’m very excited to take on this new role at Ufone,” said Sheikh. “Ufone has a great team to work with and a strong customer brand,” he added.

Rainer Rathgeber, CEO Ufone, said – “It is a pleasure to welcome someone of Sheikh’s caliber back to the Ufone team. His familiarity with the sector and Ufone will strengthen the Ufone team in its continuous effort to focus on customer needs.”

Systems Ltd bags two awards at ICT 2016

LAHORE (PR): Systems Limited, one of the leading software companies of Pakistan, was honored to be awarded for two categories at the Information Communication and Technology Awards 2016, “Excellence in Software Export” and the “Domestic Revenue Achievement” awards. Aezaz Hussain, chairman of Systems Limited, received the award for “Excellence in Software Export” category whereas Asif Peer received the award for “Domestic Revenue Achievement.”

Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry held their second episode of the prestigious awards ceremony for Information Communication and Technology Awards 2016 at Islamabad. The aim of this ceremony was to recognize and celebrate the Pakistani Achievers in the field of information and communication technology. The awards were presented by Mian Humayun Parvez, President RCCI.

TEPA’s director

LAHORE (PR): LDA DG has approved the appointment of Capt (r) Ahmad Faraz as director admin and finance of Traffic Engineering & Transport Planning Agency (TEPA). Notification in this regard has been issued.

OPF BoG member

LAHORE (Staff Reporter): Overseas Pakistanis Commission (OPC) Punjab Vice Chairman Capt (r) Shaheen Khalid has been appointed as member Board of Governors, Overseas Pakistanis Foundation (OPF). He will hold the responsibility in addition to his current assignment.

The Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development has issued notification in this regard on Monday.