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  • Of French and Swiss CGs, Thalassaemia Centre
    Jun 18, 2015

    DIPLOMATS world over are known for the hospitality, courtesies, etc; They are ambassadors of goodwill in the countries of their posting. However, there are diplomats who impress by their extraordinary behavior. In Karachi, Swiss, French and Russian heads of their diplomatic missions are rare examples. They are extremely courteous, and wonderful people, loved by their hosts for their compassion for humanity, for their presentations of their home countries case to the States of their posting.

    As I began to write my wanderers diary, I was reminded of the extraordinary courtesy shown by the Russian consul general Avedev Oleg, who on an important function, the Russian Day, sprang a pleasant surprise for his guests by cutting a cake to celebrate the birthday of the Editor of Pakistan Observer Faisal Zahid Malik on June 12. He organized a special cake to cut in presence of Faisal, Sindh Assembly speaker Agha Sirajuddin, and Sindh senior minister Nisar Khuhro to mark the occasion, Faisal wife seems exalted.

    All those present applauded and congratulated Faial Malik. It was rare honour for him and he ought to be happy. The Swiss consul general is Emil Wyss and his wife Arie, working as his right hand assistant, are too well known for their love for humanitarian work. They often play hosts to handicapped or poor children at the premises of their office-cum-residence in Clifton, or visits poor people, suffering from deprivation, depression and frustration. To say that Emil has presented Switzerland in a totally new image, would not be under-statement.

    This week they drove for the second time in less than four months to the congested Federal”B” are in Karachi’s central district to be at the modernized treatment centre for blood disorder diseases. The moving spirit behind the Afzal Memorial Thaleasmia Foundation hospital. Is Ateequr Rehman, who has dedicated his life to social work, and has been persistently endeavouring to help the poor and needy.

    Together with Zaki Ahmad, president of the Foundation, and Dr Asim , and under Ateequr Rehman guidance, they and a team of dedicated doctors and paramedics they have buld a most modern, well equipped treatment centre to serve the ailing humanity.

    The Swiss diplomat, who has set a new trend by devoting time to humanitarian causes for his co-professionals, and his wife spent time with the patients in tattered clothes, with infants in their laps. Dr Asim explained that some 900 children, suffering from blood disorders, and struggling for life, are now registered with the hospital of AMTF, daily almost 50 children from one year to the age of 16 or 17, benefit from facilities provided their in a bid to save their lives. This is a great humanitarian work, which other should emulate. Donations are the sole source of funding because treatment is done free of cost.

    Lastly, the French consul general Francoise Doll’Orso delivered a lecture this week on the French policy based on world peace, and on preserving the independence and sovereignty of the country. He disclosed that France becoming a nuclear power in the 50s, and being a founder permanent member of the UN security council, is committed to world peace. It follows independent foreign policy and helps the nations around the world maintain peace and ensure welfare of their people.

    France depends upto 70 percent for its energy needs on nuclear capability. A nation of around 70 million, France is a powerful economy, and a strong pillar of strength for the European Union, which is a rare example of peace and tranquility in the world. European nations with a long history of warfare, are now one, with their parliament, and currency, called Euro.

    He thought that Euro, though through a crisis will survive as Europe currency, and United Kingdom (UK) too will continue to be in EU. The French diplomat, speaking at the Foreign Affairs Forum organized by businessman Farooq Afzal, outlined the cardinal principals of his countries policies in considerable detail, emphasizing that it is a member of G-2, G=7 , and NATO.It was primarly an agricultural country with practically no natural resources, oil etc, and yet has built itself, into a strong economic power.

    It had a very good relationship with muslim world . About Pakistan, he said, its annual trade turn over was nearly 1 billion US dollars, which could improve with efforts from both sides. He asked the Pakistani entrepreneurs to search for building economic ties with Pakistan. He on his side will be too happy to extend any assistance needed to help achieve that goal. His host Faoroq Afzal emphasized the need for improving trade volume which he said was still below 1 billion dollars. He hoped that with desires from both sides, this will be done.

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  • CG of Switzerland in Karachi called on Managing Director PIA
    Jun 06, 2015

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  • Consul General of Switzerland with Managing Director of PIA
    Jun 06, 2015

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  • Pakistan-Switzerland Friendship moot begins from May 29
    May 30, 2015

    With an aim to promote cultural and economic ties between the two countries, the 100-day "Pakistan-Switzerland Friendship Exhibition" would start here at Jinnah International Airport (JIAP) from May 29. This was announced by Swiss Consul General in Karachi Emil Wyss during a press conference held here at the Swiss Consulate on Friday.

    He was flanked by Yasmin Peermohamed, President of Swiss Business Council (SBC) and Country Manager of SWISS International Airlines and Asghar Fahim Khattak, the outgoing Airport Manager at JIAP. The Swiss Consulate General is organising this unique event in collaboration with SBC as a co-organiser. Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) would be the venue partner while Badar Expo Solutions would be the event manager.

    "This is the first-of-its-kind exhibition, to be ever held at any Pakistani airport, which would last for 100 days," said Wyss, who was dressed in the prestigious Pakistani national dress: "Shalwar Qameez". Terming the event as a "new stepping stone" for the two countries to move forward in their bilateral relations, the consul general said the informative exhibition was being organised to celebrate the long, friendly, bilateral relations between Pakistan and Switzerland.

    "To promote the positive image of Pakistan, and to ultimately attract more foreign direct investment (FDI)," he added. Wyss, however, would not guess-estimate as to how much FDI the host country would be attracting at the end of the exhibition. Through this event general information on Pakistan and Switzerland would be displayed and as success stories Pakistani as well as Swiss companies are represented in it, said the consul general. During the exhibition, a life-size model of Swiss cow painted by team of Phool Patti in traditional Pakistani truck-art would also be put on display to be used as a guest book. The cow model, the diplomat said, would be auctioned at the end of the exhibition for charity.

    Of the 22 brands actively participating in the exhibition are Nestlé Pakistan, Al-Karam, Pakistan International Airlines, Mehran Group and Rado as Platinum sponsors. To create awareness, weekly contests would be held in which visiting passengers and people following the consulate general's facebook page - SwissConsulateKarachi -can take part and win exciting prizes.

    To empower Pakistani youth talent, the consulate general had also engaged 10 bright and dynamic student facilitators to be able to interact with the visiting passengers and provide them useful information. Asghar Fahim Khattak, the JIAP official who had been engaged with Swiss Consulate since September last year to materialise the event, also spoke on the occasion. "In a kind of milieu we Pakistanis or Karachiites are living such events are really needed to show the world that we Pakistanis have not given up (to anti-state elements)," Khattak said.

    The event, he said, would allow the people of two countries to interact. To a question, Wyss said airport was the most suitable venue for a friendship exhibition like this as "an airport is a place where you have business people, tourists, politicians, government officials and even pilgrims". During 100 days every one of the policy-makers would travel through the airport at least once, hoped the consul general. Also present at the occasion were Ehtesham Bari, Director Marketing, Badar Expo Solutions and representatives of all sponsors.

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  • Pak-Swiss exhibition starts at JIAP
    May 30, 2015

    Karachi—“This is the first-of-its-kind exhibition which is beneficial for the sponsors, the image of Karachi Airport, and in particular for Pakistan, and Switzerland”, said the Consul General, Mr. Emil Wyss, on the occasion of the inauguration of “Pakistan-Switzerland Friendship Exhibition” organized at the Jinnah International Airport (JIAP), Karachi.

    The Swiss Consulate General is organizing this unique event for a period of 100 daysinside the airport in collaboration with the Swiss Business Council (SBC) as co-organizer, Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) as Venue Partner and with Badar Expo Solutions as Event Manager. During the exhibition, a life-size model of Swiss cow painted by team of Phool Patti in traditional Pakistani truck-art will also be put on display to be used as a guest book, which at the end of this over three months activity will be auctioned for charity.

    Total twenty-two(22) brands are actively participating in the exhibition, which include Nestlé Pakistan, Al-Karam, Pakistan International Airlines, Mehran Group and Rado as Platinum sponsors. Also present at the occasion were Air Marshal (Retd.) Muhammad Yousaf - Director General CAA, Mrs. Yasmin Peermohamed - President of SBC and Country Manager of SWISS International Airlines, Mr. Nisar Ahmad Brohi - Airport Manager, JIAP, Mr. Zohair Naseer Bari -Chief Operating Officer, Badar Expo Solutions, eminent personalities, and representatives of all sponsors.

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