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    Karachi, January 13, 2020 (PPI-OT): Forever changing the way you sell your car, the globally trusted, VavaCars has launched its operations in Pakistan. Offering tremendous ease of use, employing technology and transparency at every step and a robust support system, all centered on the customer, VavaCars is set to transform the way people sell used cars in Pakistan.

    The newly launched company has appointed Mr. Mujahid Khan as the new CM for Pakistan. Previously serving at Aman Foundation as CEO and at Engro Corporation as part of the strategic business development unit, Mr. Mujahid Khan has diversified experience working in North America and Asia across strategy, business and brand development, and financial management. He said, “This is an exciting time for me and for Pakistan’s used cars market. VavaCars has a fantastic model that greatly benefits the car owners allowing them to sell used cars with ease and confidence. I’m confident that the company will revolutionize the way consumers sell their cars and I am looking forward to being part of this positive change.”

    The CEO of VavaCars, Mr. Lawrence Merritt shared, “We are thrilled to have Mujahid join our team. Mujahid is a builder. He has a distinguished track record of taking business to the next level and I am sure he will do the same for VavaCars in Pakistan.” He continued, “We, at VavaCars, believe that anyone should be able to sell their car with ease. We offer a new, simple, modern way that takes the worry out of selling your car. Our mission is to become the most trusted used car transaction platform in the world and we will achieve this by recruiting the very best people and building the very best team.”

    VavaCars process is simple. The car owner visits the website, www.vava.cars, enters their car details, and receives an instant, free valuation with an invitation to book an appointment at the VavaCars purchase centre where the deal is concluded within 45 minutes. There are no hidden costs or fees; the car owner always deals directly with VavaCars avoiding the traditionally laborious and unstructured car selling process, and once a deal is finalized, payment is made typically within 2 business days.

    What truly sets the service apart is the customer Purchase Center Experience. VavaCars has opened doors at Khayaban-e-Ittehad, Karachi and plans to add more Purchase Centres very soon. All of these spacious centers are designed to offer customers a radically different retail experience focused on transparency, simplicity, easy and speed. VavaCars aims to bridge the trust deficit that exists in the market today for car sellers.

    For more information, contact:
    VavaCars Pakistan
    Plot no. 104-C, Showroom no. 2, Main Khayaban-e-Ittehad Road,
    D.H.A Phase II Extension, Defence Housing Authority, Karachi, 75500, Pakistan
    Tel: +92-304-1110065
    Email: infopakistan@vava.cars
    Website: https://www.vava.cars/pk/

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    Karachi, January 13, 2020 (PPI-OT): The members of Karachi Industrial Forum (KIF), the representative body of all industrial estates of Karachi held talks with the management of SSGC with regards to the current demand-supply situation of natural gas. During the meeting held at the SSGC Head Office, the industrialists requested SSGC to revoke the decision to enforce 50% curtailment of gas to captive power units. The SSGC management agreed to this request put forward by the KIF representatives, since the new 12” dia x 46-km pipeline project from Rehman Gas Field has been commissioned.

    The industrialists argued with SSGC to withdraw notifications issues to the industrial units that were consuming more gas than their allocations. The SSGC management explained to the industrialists that such Gas Sales Agreement (GSA) violations would create shortage of gas for other consumers especially the domestic sector. On insistence of the representatives of the industrial bodies, SSGC agreed to review on case by case basis of the industries’ gas allocation violations and warned that this will increase shortage in domestic supplies.

    Leading industrialists including Siraj Teli, Zubair Motiwala and Jawed Balwani participated in the talks with the SSGC management that comprised of, among others, Mohammad Wasim, Acting MD, Saeed Larik, SGM (Distribution) and Brigadier (R) Mohammad Abuzar, DG (Security Services).

    KIF includes industrial associations of the city including Landhi Association of Trade and Industry (LATI), Bin Qasim Association of Trade and Industry (BQATI), North Karachi Association of Trade and Industry (NKATI), Korangi Association of Trade and Industry (KATI), Federal B Area Association of Trade and Industry (FBATI) and SITE Association of Trade and Industry (SAI).

    For more information, contact:
    Chief Manager (Media Relations)
    Sui Southern Gas Company Limited (SSGC)
    Corporate Communication Department (Media Relations)
    ST-4/B, Block 14, Sir Shah Suleman Road,
    Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Karachi
    Tel: +92-21-99021773, +92-21-99021000
    Fax: +92-21-99231662
    Cell: +92-322-2225159
    Email: inayatullah@ssgc.com.pk, info@ssgc.com.pk
    Web: www.ssgc.com.pk

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    Karachi, January 13, 2020 (PPI-OT): UPI and APPS, join together to digitize Pakistan through the power of M-commerce transactions. By virtue of this, APPS has become a Third Party Service Provider (TPSP) of UPI, a globally leading mobile payment service provider. The signing ceremony held at UPI’s headquarter in Shanghai and was attended by Mr. Syed Adnan Ali, CEO APPS, Mr. Larry Wang, Vice President, UPI, Mr. Nadeem Haroon, Country Manager, UPI Pakistan along with top management of both companies.

    PayFast; APPS’ robust payment gateway, is focused on empowering banks to embrace the same level of diversified payment acceptance. By harnessing the power of new age payment methods, combined with the widespread availability of smartphones, both entities have enhanced the mobile applications of partner banks to enable Quick Response (QR), P2P and Tap and Pay (HCE and NFC) based transactions and also to provide exciting discounts and cashback promotions.

    Banks which have been enabled for Payfast powered M-commerce transactions include;

    1. Askari Bank

    2. Faysal Bank

    3. Habib Metro Bank

    4. NRSP Bank

    5. Summit Bank

    6. U Bank

    Payfast is a Fintech which is obtaining PSO / PSP license from the State Bank of Pakistan and will enable digital payments through Bank Accounts, Mobile Wallets and UnionPay, and other scheme cards. The primary objective of Payfast is to accelerate the Pakistani digital payments market up to and beyond the standard of international markets.

    UnionPay International has enabled UnionPay card acceptance in 177 countries and regions with issuance in 58 countries and regions. UnionPay International provides high quality, cost effective and secure cross-border payment services to the world’s largest cardholder base and ensures convenient local services to a growing number of global UnionPay cardholders and merchants.

    Mr. Adnan Ali, CEO – APPS, said, “China’s a leading innovator in the mobile payments industry; synergizing with UnionPay International, the subsidiary of China UnionPay, will pave the way to replicate the same level of innovation in Pakistan and tap into the ever growing potential of mCommerce. This also showcases that domestic companies have the potential to attract international markets to partake and invest in them. We as a nation are progressing towards a digital economy where Payfast will be a catalyst in making Pakistan Go Cashless.”

    For more information, contact:
    Avanza Premier Payment Services (Pvt.) Limited (APPS)
    Office # 7-B9, Fakhri Trade Center SR 6/10,
    Shahrah-e-Liaquat, New Challi, Karachi – 74200, Pakistan
    Tel: +92-21-37132793
    Email: info@apps.net.pk
    Website: https://apps.net.pk/

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    Karachi, January 14, 2020 (PPI-OT): Mian Anjum Nisar, President and Sheikh Sultan Rehman, Vice President of the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) urged the Government of Pakistan to provide gas connection to new industrial units as well as uninterrupted supply of gas to existing industries in order to meet export targets.

    They in a statement issued in Karachi strongly criticized the stoppage of gas to industrial estates of Karachi by Sui Southern Gas Company Ltd, resulting in serious loss of productivity. This in turn leads to failure in meeting export orders on time and financial losses to exporters as they have to ship by air to meet the deadlines. They expressed their displeasure that industrialists of Karachi had to resort to sit-ins on this issue.

    They underscored the need to provide basic amenities like water, power and gas so that industrialists can focus their attention on increasing productivity and meeting export targets rather than protesting on the streets. They urged the government to wholeheartedly support the industry which is facing a very hostile environment and fighting for survival. “Failure to supply uninterrupted gas will lead to further closure of industry resulting in increased unemployment and serious law and order situation in the near future”, they added.

    For more information, contact:
    Head Office,
    Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI)
    Federation House, Main Clifton, Karachi, Pakistan
    Tel: +92-21-35873691-94
    Fax: +92-21-35874332
    Email: info@fpcci.org.pk
    Website: http://fpcci.org.pk/

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    Karachi, January 14, 2020 (PPI-OT): We are pleased to announce that Pepe Gaka has painted the world’s tallest mural on Centre-point, the flagship office building of TPL Properties. The mural was completed for unveiling on 25th of December, as a special gift to Quaid-e-Azam on his birthday. This project is a collaboration with International Public Art Festival (IPAF) – an initiative of I AM KARACHI (IAK) and is supported by the Government of Italy, a Democratic Republic.

    Mural Painter: Mr. Giuseppe Percivati Pseudonym: Pepe Gaka

    Pepe Gaka is a mural artist from Italy. His work includes depictions of the relationship between human beings and nature, creating pieces that are in harmony with their surroundings. The 286 feet tall mural by Pepe Gaka on Centre-point will be the world’s tallest. Tracing the stunning Karachi coastline, the bird shown is found in Karachi around the record breaking million mangroves planted across a coast stretching 350 km. These mangroves support Pakistan’s ecosystem as a breeding ground for marine life and birds, providing firewood and fodder for livestock.

    The Red Dot on the top, dates back to Britain’s greatest art rivalry in the 18th century between the nation’s most renowned painters Joseph Mallord William Turner and John Constable, whose painting, “The Opening of Waterloo Bridge” was hung alongside Turner’s latest seascape. The surface of Constable’s painting stood out, leaving its rival in the shadow.

    Turner retaliated by painting a red dot in the middle of his green sea, changing the entire composition. Suddenly it looked exciting, experimental – set alight by red in a moment of pure painterly freedom. Turner’s historical red dot had profound influence on the birth of modern art – the concept of ‘less is more.’ Interestingly the red dot also represents the logo of Centre-point.

    For more information, contact:
    TPL Corporation Limited
    12th Floor Centre-point, off Shaheed-e-Millat Expressway,
    Adjacent to KPT Interchange Karachi – 74900, Pakistan
    Email: info@tplcorp.com
    Website: http://tplcorp.com/

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    Karachi, January 14, 2020 (PPI-OT): Travellers in Pakistan will have fun planning another exciting year of travel with Emirates’ 2020 global fare promotion. Emirates is offering its Pakistani customers special discounts of up to 15% in Economy Class and 20% in Business Class to destinations across its global network. The discounts cover destinations from Africa, the Middle East, Europe and more. The special fares are applicable for bookings made between 14 and 27 January for travel between 17 January and 30 November 2020.

    With return fares starting at only USD 270 in Economy Class or USD 620 in Business Class, travellers have another compelling reason to embark on new adventures in 2020 and plan them in advance.

    Below are some of the featured destinations and starting from fares:

    Destination – Economy Class Fares – Business Class Fares

    Dubai – 270 – 620

    Istanbul – 410 – 1, 313

    Kuala Lumpur – 419 – 1, 072

    Bangkok – 414 – 1, 043

    New York – 812 – 2, 143

    London – 639 – 1, 808

    Toronto – 905 – 2, 289

    Mohammad Sarhan, Emirates’ Vice President Pakistan said:

    We know that many people have begun thinking about their travel plans and aspirations for 2020, and we are pleased to add a little more inspiration and incentive to help turn those plans and dreams into reality. Our global destination network across six continents offers something for every traveller, and we are now combining that wide range of travel choices with special rates to offer would-be travellers with an even more appealing value proposition.

    Customers across all cabins enjoy 4, 500 channels of entertainment on Emirates’ ice system, from the latest movies to TV shows, music and games. Complimentary beverages and regionally inspired meals, as well as the famed hospitality of the airline’s multicultural cabin crew, including crew from Pakistan, make up the airline’s award-winning service.

    Emirates also offers a generous baggage allowance of up to 35Kg in Economy Class and 40Kg in Business Class. Passengers across all cabins can stay connected throughout the flight with 20MB of free Wi-Fi data. Emirates operates 67 weekly flights between Dubai and five cities in Pakistan: Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar and Sialkot.

    From the vibrant and dynamic city of Dubai, Emirates connects its customers to more than 150 destinations in 85 countries and territories including 43 destinations in Europe; 17 in the Americas; 23 in Africa; 13 in the Middle East; and 17 in South Asia.

    For more information, contact:
    Emirates Corporate Communications
    Tel: +97-14-708 3363
    Mob: +97-1-56 676 8186
    Email: anna.ghosh@emirates.com

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    Karachi, January 14, 2020 (PPI-OT): Daraz, the leading online marketplace in the country, has launched express delivery in order to enhance customer experience. With the new premium service, customers in 19 cities will be able to receive their orders within 24 hours. Furthermore, customers in Karachi will have the option to avail same-day delivery.

    In 2020, a key strategic priority for Daraz is to optimise delivery lead times by leveraging the robust logistics infrastructure that the company established in 2019. At the core of this infrastructure stands Daraz Express (DEX), a digitised logistics company specifically designed for ecommerce operations which employs 1, 800 DEX Heroes (delivery agents) who fulfil 63% of the company’s orders. Through further optimisation of DEX routes, the platform is confident that express deliveries will be scaled over the year and has already taken the first step towards that goal.

    The one-day delivery service has been launched in 19 cities including Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Hyderabad, Gujranwala, Sialkot, Faisalabad and Peshawar. It is also being offered on DFresh, a service through which customers in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad can have fresh fruits and vegetables delivered to their doorstep. The option for same day delivery is currently available to customers in Karachi provided orders are placed before 4 pm. Plans for expansion into other cities are underway and should be launched in the coming months.

    Daraz operates three warehouses in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad which together cover a space of 200, 000 square feet and carry the platform’s top selling products. Same day delivery is available on these products which include authentic goods from leading local and international FMCG brands including P and G, Unilever, Nestle, Reckitt Benckiser, Tapal and Shan Foods. The service is also available on popular products from popular electronics and fashion brands such as Samsung and Daraz Select.

    Whether they are paying digitally or with cash on delivery, customers can select the express delivery option at the time of check out. At Daraz, customer experience is paramount. In the outgoing year the platform focused on building a strong logistics network and, by harnessing it this year, Daraz hopes to ensure a convenient shopping experience for its growing customer base.

    For more information, contact:
    Marketing Manager
    Tell: +92-346-8202505
    Email: marketing@daraz.pk
    Website: www.daraz.pk

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    Karachi, January 14, 2020 (PPI-OT): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. unveiled the latest edition of its Family Hub refrigerator, with intelligent new features that automate meal planning and other daily tasks and deliver a more personalized experience. Family Hub for 2020 will enable families to more easily share life’s important moments with one another and control more of the connected devices within their smart home.

    “In the five years since we launched Family Hub, we have introduced innovations that reflect the new ways that busy, modern families are managing their daily lives,” said John Herrington, Senior Vice President, General Manager of Home Appliances, Samsung Electronics America. “The latest Family Hub is the most innovative yet, with more personalized, intelligent features that enable busy families to stay better connected to one another.”

    The latest version of Family Hub is simple, sophisticated, and modern, making it the perfect addition to today’s connected kitchen. In response to years of consumer insights with Family Hub, the next generation delivers innovative features that people want the most: AI-enhanced cameras inside the refrigerator and improved, thoughtful meal planning and recipe suggestions tailored to personal preferences. The new Family Hub also enables families to share more types of media and entertainment together, and brings a new level of control to the connected home.

    Intelligent Meal Planning

    Family Hub is more streamlined and more personalized than ever, meaning you’ll spend less time preparing your meals and more time enjoying them. It customizes the entire food experience for you recommending Smart Recipes based on the dietary preferences you set, helping you come up with a weeklong Meal Plan based on your refrigerator inventory, and preparing your Shopping List with all the right ingredients.

    Family Hub’s ViewInside cameras have been upgraded with brand-new AI image recognition technology, which automatically scans the products inside your fridge, identifies them, and sends you updates on items your family has added or depleted. Family Hub’s Meal Planner is also smarter, with the Quick Plan feature now offering a week’s worth of recommended recipes with just one click.

    Another new feature for meal planning is brought to Family Hub through innovative technology from Whisk, a food AI start-up recently acquired by Samsung NEXT. Whisk can help you plan an entire meal or even a week’s worth of meals – by adjusting recipes based on the number of guests you expect and building a smart shopping list that consolidates ingredients from several recipes.

    Bring Your Family Closer

    Since the launch of the Family Board last year, families have been using this virtual bulletin board to enhance life’s special moments, sharing favourite songs and images for the whole family to interact with. Now, for the first time, the Family Board supports video clips, so you can transfer videos from your smartphone to the refrigerator and relive important memories together.

    To make sharing easier, Family Hub has also updated the SmartView feature, which mirrors content from connected Samsung TVs and Samsung mobile devices. With portrait mode, you can enjoy vertical smartphone videos, as well as your favourite social media content on the full screen of Family Hub. With almost half a dozen options available, your family members can continue to enjoy music from their favourite music streaming apps.

    Connect and Control Your Smart Home

    The new Family Hub takes managing your smart home to the next level. You can monitor and control over 1, 000 SmartThings-compatible products throughout your home: turn your lights on or off, see who’s at the front door, set the temperature, and lock the front door. And with the addition of the new SmartThings Video widget, you can now view multiple security cameras at-a-glance, to keep an eye on your entire home from the kitchen. The new Family Hub software enhancements will be available this spring.

    For more information, contact:
    Samsung Electronics
    Technology Park, 2nd Floor Tower A,
    Shahrah-e-Faisal, Karachi, Pakistan
    Tel: +92-21-32790281-3
    Fax: +92-21-32790284
    Website: www.samsung.com

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    Karachi, January 15, 2020 (PPI-OT): VIS Credit Rating Co. Ltd. has reaffirmed the Corporate Governance Rating of Pakistan Kuwait Investment Company (Private) Limited (PKIC) at ‘CGR-9’. The rating signifies very high level of corporate governance. The previous rating action was announced on January 25, 2019.

    Corporate governance ratings are based on evaluation of key governance areas of the rated institution including regulatory compliance; ownership structure; composition and operations of the Board of directors (BoD) and executive management; self-regulation; financial transparency and relationship with stakeholders. PKIC has been established under a joint venture arrangement between the Government of Pakistan (GoP) and the Government of Kuwait (GoK). Given the joint venture structure, PKIC is exempted from provisions of the Code of Corporate Governance applicable on DFIs, in accordance with the circular issued by the regulator. Nonetheless, the company has taken measures to adhere to governance best practices and protect the interests of various stakeholders.

    The assigned rating incorporates the sound governance structure of PKIC supplemented by strong financial transparency and effectively functioning board and management level committees. Frequency of board and committee meetings, high attendance record and comprehensive discussion on various aspects of the company during the meetings demonstrates high level of engagement of Board members. Overall control environment of the institution is considered strong. All information related to the company is disseminated in electronic form through official website in addition to periodic financial statements. Disclosures available in the public are adequate and made in a timely manner.

    During 2019, changes were witnessed at senior management level which included new appointments including the position of Managing Director. Stability in the management team is considered essential from a rating perspective. The company has a well-defined organizational structure with each functional area overseen by a separate qualified and experienced senior resource. Internal controls and compliance framework are also considered sound. The company is focusing on improving its IT infrastructure; developments of the same are expected to materialize over time.

    For more information, contact:
    Director Compliance and Rating Analytics,
    VIS Credit Rating Company Limited
    VIS House, 128/C, 25th Lane off Khayaban-e-Ittehad,
    Phase VII, DHA, Karachi, Pakistan
    Tel: +92-21-35311861-72
    Fax: +92-21-35311873
    Email: bilal@jcrvis.com.pk
    Website: https://www.vis.com.pk/

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    Islamabad, January 15, 2020 (PPI-OT): Zong 4G has become the only network to offer unlimited calls to China. To make international direct dialing to China more convenient, Zong has launched two dynamic call bundles. The China bundles have been developed to suit both pre-paid and post-paid customers and will provide ease to both private and business customers by enabling calls to China at the lowest rates in the industry.

    The China bundles offer unlimited calls to China for both prepaid and post-paid customers with a weekly bundle worth Rs. 250+tax for prepaid customers and a monthly bundle worth Rs. 750+tax for both prepaid and post-paid customers.

    Zong’s Spokesperson said:

    Zong has always strived to provide its customers with unmatched and innovative products and services. As the connectivity partner for CPEC, Zong has undertaken many initiatives and the launch of this bundle is in-line with our strategy of connecting both private and corporate customers.

    Zong understands the emerging needs of the people working thousands of miles away from home and the dynamic demands of its corporate customers. With its extensive network of over 12500 4G enabled sites, Zong aims to offer its customers the best-in-class connectivity experience.

    For more information, contact:
    ZONG Headquarters
    CMPak Complex, Plot# 47,
    Kuri Road, National Park Road,
    Chak Shahzad, Islamabad, Pakistan
    Tel: +92-51-111-222-111
    Fax: +92-51-111-031-031
    Website: www.zong.com.pk