First Pakistanis awarded BNP Paribas Prize

PARIS (PR): BNP Paribas, a leading global private bank, has honored Fayeeza and Arif Naqvi, founders of the Aman Foundation in Pakistan, as the BNP Paribas 2015 Grand Prix winners. They are the first Pakistanis to have ever received the honour. The announcement was made in Paris at an award ceremony hosted by Vincent Lecomte and Sofia Merlo, Co-CEOs of BNP Paribas Wealth Management.

The Grand Prix honors an individual or family for their overall philanthropic activity, commending the exemplary nature of their actions, their financial engagement, impact and long-term commitment. The Aman Foundation, established by the Naqvi family in 2008 is the largest private social sector enterprise in Pakistan, with a focus on healthcare and education. The Foundation was commended for its outstanding work in creating sustainable and systemic impact through grant-giving and direct investment in a series of programs that have played a transformative role in the social fabric of Karachi.

With the explicit goal of transforming lives and championing dignity and choice for the under-served, the Aman Foundation has built a healthcare eco-system, with a best in class ambulance service that has a response time of nine minutes, in one of the most densely populated cities in the world. AmanAmbulance was recently awarded the ‘Best Institutional Emergency Medical Service across Asia’ and has made over 675,000 interventions to date. The Foundation’s education vertical is underpinned by AmanTech, a vocational training institute that has enrolled over 4,000 underprivileged students, and enabled them to enter the economic mainstream through skills training, professional development and job placement programs.

Accepting the award in Paris, Fayeeza Naqvi, Founding Trustee of the Aman Foundation, said, “I am deeply humbled and honored to accept the BNP Paribas Prize for Individual Philanthropy on behalf of the 2,000 people who are part of the Aman team and my family. Our journey over the past seven years has been one of challenge, hope and motivation as we sought to build an eco-system that put healthcare, education and food security at its core. We are privileged to be supported by an incredible team of colleagues, local and international partners who recognize the value of building scalable and sustainable change in the philanthropic sector. This award represents a milestone in Aman Foundation’s journey and galvanizes us to continue building a better future for our global community”.

The prize laureates for the BNP Paribas Prize for Individual Philanthropy are chosen by an independent jury made up of leading figures across a number of sectors representing business, art, media, finance, industry and philanthropy. The jury is chaired by Suzanne Berger, Professor of Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, USA. In studying the profiles of the nominees, the jury made their decisions based on criteria, such as social impact of the laureates’ philanthropic initiatives, their personal and financial commitment, and the sustainability and professionalism of the projects.

NBP, Ufone & Ubank sign strategic partnership

ISLAMABAD (PR): National Bank of Pakistan, Ufone and Ubank have signed an agreement to create new synergies between the already established Upaisa Brand and the upcoming digital banking initiatives of NBP. This collaboration is another step of NBP to jointly create the required National Payment System to benefit the people of Pakistan and to facilitate the payments & collections for the Government of Pakistan.

The signing ceremony was attended by the senior management of all the three entities including Syed Ahmed Iqbal Ashraf - President & CEO NBP, Mudassir H. Khan - Group Chief Commercial & Retail Banking Group NBP, Azfar Jamal - EVP/Head of Remote Banking & ADC NBP, Abdul Aziz - President &CEO Ufone, Asher Yaqub Khan - Chief Commercial Officer Ufone, Taimur Faiz Cheema - GM Marketing, Ufone and Arif Sirhindi - President & CEO Ubank.

The managements of the partnering organizations have the belief that the formal financial services, through digital payments, can have a positive impact on a variety of microeconomic indicators, including self-employment business activities, household consumption and well being. To construct on this vision, the right strategy is collaboration between the key players in the market.

Nikon launches photo & film festival in Pakistan

LAHORE (PR): Nikon Middle East & Africa FZE, in partnership with its official exclusive distributor in Pakistan, Camtronx, has launched the first ever Nikon Photo & Film Festival in Pakistan as part of its continuing initiative to develop the photography and videography culture across Pakistan.

“Following the huge success of the Nikon Photo & Film Festival in Dubai, Egypt and KSAover the last year, we were eager to bring the event to Pakistan and are delighted with the positive reaction”, said Narendra Menon, Regional Head- Sales & Marketing, Nikon Middle East & Africa.

“We see a lot of potential in the Pakistan market, and along with our official distributor Camtronx Pakistan, we are looking to nurture and support the talent of photographers and filmmakers in the country. We are doing this not only by providing the best equipment, but also extending support to the community through various initiatives be it the renowned Nikon Schoolin Pakistan, the Nikon Film & Video Competition, proactive customer service or personal engagement with fans on social media”

“Nikon has always been about celebrating artistry and creativity,” said Takashi Yoshida, Managing Director of Nikon Middle East and Africa FZE. “Our passion is in innovation, but at the core of our identity as a company is the timeless dedication towards nurturing talent, and giving artists new and better ways of expressing their vision to the world.”

“We are on a quest to find and put the spotlight on the most promising photographers, video visionaries and filmmakers in Pakistan. Here’s your chance to show the world the majestic beauty of your nation through your lens. Calling all photographers & videographers to join the competition tostand a chance to win amazing prizes, and have your work showcased in the region’s first-ever Nikon Photo & Film Festival.” said Nasir Saeed, Camtronx Pakistan.

Urbansole winter collection 2015/2016

LAHORE (PR): Urbansole, one of the leading brands in the footwear industry, recently exhibited their new designs for the winter collection 2015-2016 in a local hotel. Leading company officials and international dealers from all over the world were present at the exhibition. Urbansole foot wear quality and designs received a lot of appreciation at the event.

Kashif Zorain (Brand Manager Urbansole) talked about the accomplishments of the organization and mentioned that Urbansole winter collection was specially designed by designers from Italy and Greece.

TPL Trakker collaborates with PTCL

LAHORE (PR): TPL Trakker has collaborated with Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) for their recently launched Pakistan’s first 4G LTE tablet ‘CharJi EVO Tab’ by providing customers Sygic maps and Trakker NAV as a compulsory built in application on the device.

With over 20,000,000 downloads worldwide, Sygic is the most popular offline GPS navigation application. High quality TPL Trakker maps are stored on the phone or tablet, and can be accessed without any internet connection, together with a robust set of navigation features.

The user-friendly Sygic maps and Trakker NAV will assist ‘CharJi EVO Tab’ users in finding out addresses and interesting locations and also provide turn-by-turn voice guided navigation all across Pakistan, 3D Cities & landscape for easy orientation, Road Incident Sharing with other drivers, SOS/help to find assistance nearby and customizable spoken warnings and navigation screen for the user.

Ali Kirmani, COO TPL Trakker, said, “TPL Trakker is consistently striving to build public and private sector partnerships, opening up a new world of opportunities, value and convenience that enrich the lives of people across Pakistan – this collaboration with PTCL for their recently launched CharJi EVO Tablet is just another way of extending the same core idea.”

The sleek and powerful Dual-SIM CharJi EVO Tablet offers great value for money by providing fast LTE speed upto 36 Mbps and also enables customers to enjoy voice connectivity through any GSM SIM just like a mobile phone, with pre-installed Sygic maps and Trakker NAV.