Enriching business relations in the UAE

PBPC Abu Dhabi Executive Board with Ghulam Dastgir, Ambassador of Pakistan to the UAE and Chairman of the Council
PBPC Abu Dhabi Executive Board with Ghulam Dastgir, Ambassador of Pakistan to the UAE and Chairman of the Council

Pakistan Business Professional Council (PBPC) Abu Dhabi bridges the trade gap through information and networking opportunities between public-private sectors

Published: Sun 22 Mar 2020, 11:00 PM

Last updated: Mon 23 Mar 2020, 1:00 AM

The UAE-Pakistan relations have since evolved into wide-ranging cooperation. The notable visit of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, to Pakistan is proof that further development and diversification of the scope of cooperation is transforming the special relationship into strategical partnership.

Furthermore, numerous exchanges and visits by the leaders of the two brotherly countries over the decades is an indication of their keenness in strengthening and consolidating ties, deepening further promote economic and trade relations between the two countries.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the UAE Government for all the generous support they have extended to Pakistan. This is a manifestation of the close fraternal between Pakistan and the UAE which have always stood the test of time.

PBPCs role in Abu Dhabi
Pakistan Business Professional Council Abu Dhabi (PBPC Abu Dhabi), established in the region since 2005, has played an important role in cementing relations between various trade bodies and business organisations, as well as the corporate and public-private sectors, between the two countries.

PBPC Abu Dhabi arranged numerous signings of Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) between the UAE and Pakistan entities. "We have facilitated signing of agreements between the Karachi Stock Exchange (KSE) and Abu Dhabi Securities Market (ADSM), between Lahore Stock Exchange and Dubai Financial Market, and between Abu Dhabi Securities Market and Central Depository Company of Pakistan," said Dr S. Qaiser Anis, President, PBPC Abu Dhabi.

PBPC Abu Dhabi is strengthening its presence and closely interacting with the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ADCCI), Abu Dhabi Department Economic Development (ADDED), Abu Dhabi Stock Exchange (ADX) and Ministry of Economy (MoE), to develop and build solid economic and cultural business relationships that will benefit our members, Pakistani and non-Pakistani businessmen and professionals on both regional and international.

PBPC Abu Dhabi continues to be a platform of business networking between the two regions, unifying the interest of businesses of all sizes and sectors. "We also strive to strengthen the voice of the business community, as a whole, in both regions - supporting and facilitating investments and business relationship to enhance trade and business in Abu Dhabi and in Pakistan," Dr Anis added.

PBPC Abu Dhabi established also a platform to bring together professionals and interact within similar industry - engineers, doctors, chartered accountants and ladies committee.

Recent ventures
PBPC Abu Dhabi is working together with the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce promoting business activity in Abu Dhabi by identifying business potentials to the community, especially to Pakistanis and in general, to everyone.

With the new 15-point economic stimulus package in Abu Dhabi, announced in line with the Abu Dhabi's Dh50 billion government accelerator programme, Ghadan 21, the Council is planning to organise an event that talks about how Ghadan 21 is transforming the Abu Dhabi's economy.  

A seminar on corporate social responsibility is in the pipeline this year. Another seminar on investment opportunity that promotes business potential in latest sectors - Information Technology (IT), food and dairy, logistics, automobiles and in textile. The above-mentioned sectors are some of the best avenues for investment in the emerging Pakistan.

In the recent meeting with the ADX Chief Executive, the council is working for IPO of UAE to be promoted in Pakistan and the same IPO of Pakistan to be promoted in the UAE - some share script in Pakistan is to be listed on the Abu Dhabi Stock Exchange board, and ADX share script in PSX board.

The Council continues to work together with 30-plus business councils in Abu Dhabi through joint events. These are the avenues wherein members can network and interact with other members of the business council, meet and create new contact for their benefit. The CPEC is in full swing, transforming Pakistan's economy; it has already helped Pakistan ascend the global competitiveness scale.

The Council is in vigorous support to The Diabetic Centre, Indus Hospital, Akhuwat Foundation, Aman Foundation and IMHT School of Nursing Pakistan.

According to Dr Anis, the latest challenges faced this time is the Covid-19 pandemic, as it continues to spread, leaving restrained businesses to identify and cope with travel bans. "Containment major and regulatories are affecting supply and operation. This also affects the operation and supply chain. To cope with the current situation, I think we should have advanced thinking for the coming quarter. Hopefully, everything will be fine after six to eight weeks. There are also tools available to assist the business," he said.

Message on the occasion of Pakistan Resolution Day
"On the occasion of the Pakistan National Day, I would like to take this opportunity to extend my best wishes to Pakistanis here in the UAE, at home and abroad. This was the day when Muslims of the subcontinent declared their commitment to achieving an independent state of their own. We, at PBPC Abu Dhabi, renew our commitment to work untiringly for the progress and prosperity of our country."
 - Dr S. Qaiser Anis, President, Pakistan Business Professional Council Abu Dhabi

PBPC Abu Dhabi Executive Board 2019-2021

.    Patron-in-Chief: Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan
.    Chairman: Ghulam Dastgir
.    President: Dr S. Qaiser Anis
.    Executive Vice President: Nayyer Hameed
.    VP Legal & Coordination: Khalid Bashir
.    VP Finance: Ammar A. Sheikh
.    VP Programme: Mohd Iqbal Nasim
.    VP Membership & Head of Doctors Committee: Dr Muhammad Farhan
.    Head of Engineering Committee: Engr Muhammad Ajmal Sheikh
.    Head of Ladies Committee: Sandhya Nayyer

To become part of the body, serve Pakistan, and to promote Pakistan trade, commercial and goodwill, become a member of PBPC Abu Dhabi. You can apply for membership via online form on the PBPC official website www.pbpcuae.org, contact Ethyl on admin@pbpcuae.org or call +971 50 112 4267 for further assistance.

Members of PBPC Abu Dhabi with Mohamed Helal Al Muhairi, Director General, Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Members of PBPC Abu Dhabi with Mohamed Helal Al Muhairi, Director General, Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry

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