Corporate advisory council set up at SZAB Law University

Corporate advisory council set up at SZAB Law University

KARACHI: The close co-ordination and co-operation between public sector universities and the corporate sector in Pakistan will help not only public sector universities enhance their academic prowess, but also assist the corporate sector in identifying and resolving the issues that afflict the corporate world.

These sentiments were expressed by Governor Sindh Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan in his address to the inauguration meeting of the Corporate Advisory Council of Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto University of Law which was held at the Governor’s House.

Corporate advisory council set up at SZAB Law University

Dr Ebad said a modern university’s basic function is to conduct research in different spheres of life, while the private sector serves as the dynamic engine of economic growth. Thus, close co-operation between the two would lead to a win-win situation for academia and business of the country.

The Sindh Governor congratulated Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto University of Law, for being the first law university in Pakistan and also for being the pioneer and first university in the public sector to set up a corporate advisory council.

He said that the setting up of a CAC would facilitate in the exchange ideas and views between experts of different fields and help them arrive at solutions to the different issues that beset the corporate world. He suggested that the CAS should also serve as a platform to explore avenues as to how to streamline and improve the various duties and taxes structure.

The Sindh Governor concluded by stating that he was pleased to learn that SZABUL had initiated close co-operation with universities in Great Britain which he hoped would help improve the standard of legal education in Pakistan.

Federal Ombudsman Mr. Salman Faruqi in his speech said the setting up of a corporate advisory council by SZABUL would be a mutually beneficial step for the corporate world and universities of Pakistan.

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The founder Vice Chancellor of Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto University of Law, Qazi Khalid Ali, in his welcome address said the setting up of the CAC was yet another milestone of the university. He thanked chancellor and Governor Sindh, members of the legal fraternity and the corporate world for gracing the occasion and support.

Following dignitaries attended the event:

List of Corporate Advisory Council Members / Invitees

1.M. Salman FaruquiFederal OmbudsmanFederal Ombudsman of Pakistan
2.Mr. Arif Ahmed KhanFederal SecretaryMinistry of Interior, Government of Pakistan
3.Mr. Ajaz Ali KhanFederal SecretaryNarcotics Control Division, Government of Pakistan
4.Mr. Sirajuddin AzizPresident & CEOHabib Metropolitan Bank Limited
5.Ms. Tahira RazaPresidentFirst Women Bank Limited
6.Mr. Viqar RashidChairmanNational Telecommunication Corporation (NTC)
7.Mr. Shoaib MirChairmanState Life Insurance Corporation
8Mr. Arif ElahiChairmanPakistan National Shipping Corporation (PNSC)
9.Mr. Abdul Rauf AlamChairmanFederation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce & Industries (FPCCI)
10.Mr. Shamim Ahmed FirpoChairmanKarachi Chamber of Commerce & Industries (KCCI)
11Ms. Rubina WastiSr. Joint Secretary (SDT)Ministry of Textile Industry, Government of Pakistan
12.Mr. Manzoor Ahmed KayaniJoint SecretaryMinistry of Overseas Pakistanis & Human Resource Development, Islamabad.
13.Mr. Khalid RehmanManaging DirectorSui Southern Gas Company Limited (SSG C)
14.Syed Ali Mumtaz ZaidiManaging DirectorZulfikarabad Development Authority (ZDA)
15.Mr. Abdul Raheem SoomroProvincial SecretaryCommerce & Industries Department. Government of Sindh
16.Mr. Roshan Ali ShaikhDirector GeneralNational Institute of Management, Karachi
17.Mr. Ahmed Taimoor NasirDirector General (HRM)Nominee of Auditor General of Pakistan
18.Mr. Muhammad Khalid SiddiqDirector GeneralPakistan Standards & Quality Control. Authority Govt. of Pakistan (Ministry of Science & Technology.
19.Mian Zahid HussainChairmanKenlubes International Limited
20.Mirza Shahnawaz AghaChairmanBeema-Pakistan Company Limited
21.Brig. (R) SherShahCompany SecretaryFauji Fertilizer Company Limited (FFC)
22.Mr. Muslim S. MohamediChairmanPakistan Fisheries Exporters Association
23.Mr. Shabir AhmedPatron-in-ChiefPakistan Bedwear Exporters Association
24.Mr. Aftab, London, UK
25.Mr. Ikram-ul-Haq QureshiMember (Legal, Cartels and Trade Abuses)Nominee of Competition Commission of Pakistan
26.Mr. Suresh MalChief Engineer (South)Government of Pakistan Ministry of Housing & Works, Islamabad.
27.Dr. Abdul Rauf SiddiquiTextile CommissionerMinistry of Textile Industry
28.Mr. Agha Maqsood AbbasAdditional DirectorSindh Building Control Authority,
29.Deputy Chief of ProtocolNominee of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Camp Office Karachi
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Towards the restricted interaction with the Chancellor, the Vice Chancellor and the members of the Corporate Advisory Council by Mirza Shahnawaz Agha, the deliberated points by MSA are appended herein below in aid of the minutes to be prepared by the office of the Vice Chancellor:

  1. Towards felicitating the Chancellor and the Vice Chancellor for establishing the First Law University of the country, citation was made for the milestone achieved as bedrock for the future of the Judiciary, judicial activism and legislation.
  2. It was pointed out that the basic difference between the 1st and the 3rd world countries is in process of decision-making. Decision-making in the 1st world is essentially researched based and the platform for all research essentially rests with universities.  The significance of a law university is the point of reference towards legislation.  This status needs to be recognized as an “essential” workshop for the legislature, duly compensated with associated costs.
  3. It was stated that, at the root of all development in ‘nation states’, the one factor, which is decisive, is the freedom of enterprise. In Pakistan, whilst the constitution provides the right to enterprise, the freedom there towards is muddled in conflicting rules.  This is so because there exist three parallel economies in the country, one each of the Army, the Bureaucracy and finally the People.  The absence of a level playing field is counter productive for production, which is based on land, labor, capital and enterprise.
  4. In addition to the aforementioned dilemma, Pakistan does not have defined economic destination and consequently a road map there towards. For all nation states to develop to the front end of technology, a three step indulgence is incumbent:
  5. Architectural plans identifying and defining the economic destination, plus road map;
  6. Branding the uniqueness of the Architectural Plans; and
  7. Marketing of the same world over.
  8. Having identified the dilemma and the way forward, the law university, specially through the ‘Corporate Advisory Council’ can achieve by correctly positioning itself the status of the legal RND hub for the country and can find sufficient money to meet its establishment cost both from within and outside Pakistan.
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All the above were points of deliberation between Mirza Shahnawaz Agha and those present in the meeting, addressed directly to the Honourable Chancellor and the Vice Chancellor with the aim of defining the objectives of the Corporate Advisory Council.

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