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Pakistanis must follow safety measures, directives to contain coronavirus

Pakistanis must follow safety measures, directives to contain coronavirus

Interview with Mr S. M. Muneer — leader of the business community of Pakistan

PROFILE:

  1. M. Muneer is the Chairman of Din Group of Industries and former CEO Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP). His company Din Leather (Pvt) Ltd, is the biggest exporter of leather in Pakistan and he has four textile mills in the name of Din Textile Mills in Lahore.

Position In Companies

Chairman: 1) M/s. Din Leather (Pvt) Ltd The leading exporting company of finished leather in Pakistan having most modern tanning unit in Karachi with last year annual turnover of about Pak. Rs.2.5 billion. (US$: 25 million).

Chairman: 2) M/s. Din Textile Mills Ltd One of the leading exporters of different types of valued added yarns, having four most modern spinning units in Lahore (total 79,008 spindles) and exporting following very high quality value added yarns. Total annual turnover is about Rs.10 billion (US$:100 million):

  • 100% cotton knitting yarn brand NABEEL
  • 100% cotton melange yarn brand DIN
  • 100% cotton compact yarn brand DINCOM4
  • Cone dyed yarn brand DIN
  • Slub yarn brand DIN
  • Core spun lycra yarn brand KOMFORT
  • Combed and gassed yarn brand DIN
  • P/C melange yarn brand DIN

The above units are equipped with most modern imported machinery and are producing finest quality yar in different varieties.

Holding Position In Other Concerns

  • Vice Chairman: I) MUSLIM COMMERCIAL BANK LTD, SINCE 08/04/1991-05/06/1995 AND 30/08/2000 TO DATE
  • Member: ii) Board of Governors College of Business Management, Karachi (CBM), Since 1997. (About 4000 Students)
  • Member: iii) Board of Governors University of Management & Technology (UMT), Lahore, since 1996. (About 4300 Students)
  • Member: iv) Board of governors Greenwich University, Karachi, since 30/06/1998. (About 750 Students)
  • Trustee: v) Fatimid Blood Foundation, Karachi, Since 29-05-2000
  • Chairman: vi Board of Governors Din College, Chiniot, Since 12/01/2004. (About 500 Students)
  • Member: vii) Board of Governor Institute of Behavioral Sciences (IBS) Karachi, Since 2003. (Hospital)
  • Member: viii) Board of Governors Shaukat Khanum Memorial Trust, Lahore (SKMT), SINCE 12/12/2004.(Cancer Hospital)
  • Member: IX) APPOINTED AS MEMBER, ADVISORY BOARD OF CITIZEN POLICE LAISON COMMITTEE (CPLC) BY THE HONOURABLE GOVERNOR SINDH SINCE 16/2/2008
  • CHAIRMAN: X) CHINIOT ANJUMAN-E-ISLAMIA PAKISTAN, SINCE 20/5/2007
  • patron-in-chief: XI) Korangi Association of Trade & Industry Karachi, Since 1996.
  • president ipcci: XII) elected as president of India-Pakistan chamber of commerce & industry (IPCCI) on 12/11/2008 in new delhi (India).
  • member: XIII) member iba advisory council since 16/12/2009
  • member: XIV) member board of governors of the kidney centre post graduate training institute, since 20/10/2011
  • Member: XV) Board Of Governors Nazeer Husain University Karachi, since 8th Sept.,2011
  • member: xvI) Nominated as Member of Pakistan-India Joint business Forum (PIJBF) by Ministry of Commerce, Govt of Pakistan on 13th March, 2013. The aims and objectives of this forum are to promote business and bilateral relations between Pakistan and India. This Forum is constituted with prominent businessmen from each country.
  • chairman: XVII) Muneer Husain foundation, since 21.10.2013 for the improvement of cricket in Pakistan.
  • chief executive officer: xviii) appointed as chief executive officer of trade development authority of Pakistan (tdap) by the prime minister of Pakistan Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif vide notification no. I/60/2008-E-6 dated 12th march, 2014.
  • justice of peace: xix) appointed justice of peace karachi division on 11/3/2014 by government of Sindh.

Trophies & Awards

  • DIN LEATHER (Pvt.) LTD received various Best Export Performance Trophies from the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry for highest exports.
  • DIN LEATHER (Pvt.) LTD have also been awarded the best award “GOLD MEDALLION AWARD” in recognition to its exports achievements by The International Export Association, U.K.
  • S. M. Muneer (Chairman) has been awarded the “BEST BUSINESS MAN OF THE YEAR AWARD” by The Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry, Karachi, which is the highest award given by F.P.C.C.I.(In presence of General Zia-ul-Haq, President of Pakistan).
  • DIN TEXTILE MILLS LTD has been awarded twice “The Top 25 Companies Award” by the Karachi Stock Exchange.
  • In 2000 and award was given by the Prime Minister of Pakistan Mr. Shaukat Aziz.
  • In 2001 and award was given by the then Prime Minister of Pakistan Mir Zafarullah Jamali.
  • President of Pakistan Gen. Pervez Musharraf has conferred “SITARA-I-ISAAR” Award to S. M. Muneer (Chairman) on 30-06-2006 in recognition of his outstanding services for the cause of humanity.
  • President of Pakistan Gen. Pervez Musharraf has conferred biggest award of “SITARA-I-IMTIAZ” to S. M. Muneer (Chairman) on 14-08-2007 in recognition of his outstanding public services for the cause of humanity. This award was given in a special ceremony by Governor of Sindh Dr. Ishrat-ul-Ebad Khan on 23/03/2008 at Governor House, Karachi.
  • After approval by the Governor of Sindh, Institute of Business & Technology (BIZTEC) has conferred Honorary PHD degree of Doctorate of Philosophy at its convocation held on 30th May, 2008 at Hotel Marriott in Karachi.
  • Second time again after approval by the Governor of Sindh, Indus Institute of Higher Education has conferred Degree of Doctorate of Philosophy at its convocation held on 19th January, 2009.
  • S. M. Muneer was awarded Life Time Achievement Award on 29/01/2012 in the City of Markham (Canada) by the Mayor Mr. Frank Scarpitti in the presence of members of parliament, advisor to Prime Minister and Pakistani Community. The Award was given for his services to act as the bridge between Canada and Pakistan in promoting business and friendship.
  • S. M. Muneer was awarded “Life Time Achievement Award” by the President of Pakistan, Mr. Asif Ali Zardari, in the President House on 27/08/2012.
  • Mr. S. M. Muneer was awarded “FPCCI 1ST GOLD MEDAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD” for the year 2012 by Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan on 22nd June, 2013.
  • Din Textile Mills Ltd., have been awarded “TOP 25 KARACHI STOCK EXCHANGE COMPANIES AWARD.” This AWARD is presented to Mr. S. M. Muneer (Chairman) Din Group of Industries on 26.03.2015 by Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, Prime Minister of Pakistan.
  • S. M. Muneer has also been awarded “LIFE TIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD” by Federal Minister for Planning Development & Reform, Professor Ahsan Iqbal on April 05, 2015 at Marriot Hotel Karachi.

Foreign Visits

  • Travelled abroad extensively in the last 46 years to various countries for the promotion of export orders for more than 450 times.
  • Visited following countries as the Leader of Pakistan’s’ Official Trade Delegation of Government of Pakistan. ( INDIA-1982, NEW ZEALAND & FIJI ISLAND-1984, JAPAN/KOREA-1985, TURKEY-1991).
  • Visited Turkey and Iraq as the Member of Govt Official Delegation led by the Prime Minister of Pakistan Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto in 1989.
  • Visited Turkey as Member of Govt Official Delegation with Senator Sartaj Aziz Federal Finance Minister in 1991.
  • Visited Muscat as the Member of Govt Official Delegation led by the Prime Minister of Pakistan Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto and signed “Cooperation Agreement” between FPCCI and Oman Chamber in 1994.
  • Visited Germany as President F.P.C.C.I. with official delegation led by Prime Minister of Pakistan Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto and signed “Cooperation Agreement” between F.P.C.C.I. & DIHT (German Federation) from April 18th to 20th April 1994.
  • Visited Turkministan with Prime Minister Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto from 25th to 28th October, 1994.
  • Visited Japan with Prime Minister Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto from 16th to 21st January, 1996.
  • Visited Indonesia and Brunei with Prime Minister Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto from 5-10 March,1996.
  • Visited Bahrain & Syria with Prime Minister Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto from 22-25 April, 1996.
  • Visited Korea with Prime Minister Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto from 21st July to 24th July 1996.
  • Visited with Mr. Shaukat Aziz, Prime Minister of Pakistan as the member of official delegation to the following countries:
  • Date Country.
  • 21-24 November, 2004 Sri Lanka, Maldives and India.
  • 31st May, 2005 Lebanon
  • 31st May to 3rd June, 2005 Turkey
  • 8th to 11th August, 2005 Japan
  • 11th to 13th August, 2005 Hong Kong.
  • 28th Sep. to 3rd Oct. 2005 Korea & Malaysia
  • Visited Turkey with Chief Minister Punjab, Mian Shahbaz Sharif from 12th Jan to 16th January, 2010.
  • Visited India with Pakistan official delegation head by Mr Mukhdoom Amin Fahim, Federal Commerce Minister from 26/9/2011 to 1/10/2011.

Positions Held In The Past

  1. Chairman of All Pakistan Tanners Association (Central Zone) in the years — 1969-70, 1981-82, 1982-83, 1983-84, 1984-85, 1985-86 and 1993-94. (seven times). Organized “Pakistan Leather Show” since 1979.
  2. Member of Federal Parliament (Government of Pakistan) in 1984-85. (Majlis-e-Shura).
  3. Vice Chairman/Senior Vice Chairman of S.I.T.E. Association of Industry, Karachi, for two years which is one of the biggest Industrial Association of Pakistan in 1985-86.
  4. Chairman of Export Promotion Committee for Leather and Leather Garments from 1981 to 1986.
  5. Senior Vice President of Faran Club (International) 1986-87.
  6. President of Faran Club (International) 1987-88.
  7. Trustee in Karachi Port Trust for 1986-87.
  8. Vice Chairman of Karachi Port Trust for 1987-88 & remained acting Chairman many times.
  9. Chairman, Korangi Association of Trade & Industry which is the biggest Industrial Association of Pakistan for 1988-89 & 1990-91. (Two times).
  10. Member of Managing Committee of Karachi Chamber of Commerce & Industry in 1985-1987 & 1990-91. (Two times).
  11. Member of Managing Committee of Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Karachi, 1988-1990.
  12. Vice President of The Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Karachi for 1990-91 and was Acting President, many times during 1990-91.
  13. President, Karachi Gymkhana Club for the year 1991-92.
  14. Vice Chairman of Muslim Commercial Bank Limited during since 08-04-1991 to 04-06-1995.
  15. President, Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry during Jan-94 to Mar-1996.
  16. Federal Minister of State & Chairman Pakistan Trade Fair Corporation in 1997.Appointed Minister of State and Chairman Pakistan Trade Fair Corporation as technocrate (as he is not a member of any political party). Not taken any benefit that is any salary, car, petrol, driver or any travelling charges and everything was paid personally and have given the services to the business community completely free with pleasure without any burden of any sort on national exchequer.
  17. Chairman of Muslim Commercial Bank Ltd from 05-06-1995 to 27-06-1997.
  18. Vice President of Pakistan Red Crescent Society (Sindh Provincial Branch) from 23-07-1998 till 09-10-2002.
  19. Director Investment Corporation of Pakistan from 12/3/1997 till 21/03/2001.
  20. Director State Cement Corporation of Pakistan from 27/10/2003 to 13/04/2004.
  21. Chairman of Aiwan-e-Tijarat-o-Sanat Hospital Trust, Karachi. 1997-1998.
  22. Director, Corporate & Industrial Restucturing Corporation (CIRC) Govt of Pakistan, Since 06-01-2001 till 22/09/2006 (Mr. Shaukat Aziz, Prime Minister of Pakistan was the Chairman, of this CIRC.).
  23. Vice Chairman Chiniot Anjuman-e-Islamia from 24/01/2001 till 19/05/2007.XXIV. Director National Industrial Parks Development and Management Company (NIP) from 18/4/2006 till 8/4/2008.
  24. Director Pakistan Textile City (Pvt) Ltd. Karachi from 10/11/2004 till 15/09/2008.
  25. Member Board of Governors Police Hospital Karachi & Hyderabad from 13/3/2006 till 29/1/2009.

XXVII Pak-Canada Business Council of FPCCI for 2009/2010 & 2012/2014

Welfare Projects

  • An Active Member and Chairman of Chiniot Anjuman-e-Islamia, a social welfare society running many dispensaries, maternity homes, schools and hospitals in Karachi, Faisalabad and Chiniot. Recently the Trust has completed a big hospital of about 150 beds in Korangi Area.
  • Convenor, Quaid Foundation (Mohammad Ali Jinnah, to spread Quaid’s messages)
  • Founder Life Member of Pakistan Hypertension League Karachi.
  • Member of World Hypertension League.
  • Member Board of Governors “Professional Education Foundation” since 14/04/2010, (PEF) is a registered trust giving scholarships to brilliant students whose parents cannot finance the expenses of their education, currently 700 students on role and studying leading universities of Pakistan with a targeted increase of 150-200 students every year.
  • Recently constructed a very modern girls college in the name of Din College in Chiniot and the college is working under the auspices of Chiniot Anjuman Islamia. This College was inaugurated in September, 2004 by Governor of Punjab Lt. Gen Khalid Maqbool (retired).
  • Din Group through its Chairman Mr. S. M. Muneer donated Rs one crore in the President Relief Fund after earth quake on 8th Oct, 2006 and also donated Rs. one crore for Flood Relief in 2010.
  • Director of “Make-A-Wish Foundation International – USA since 18th Sept., 2008.
  • Patron-In-Chief “Friends of Burns Centre” Civil Hospital Karachi since 8/10/2004.
  • Trustee of “The Legend Trust” under chairmanship of Governor of Sindh since 7/11/2006.
  • The job of this Trust is to help the renowned artists for their grievances.
  • Founder Member of “Trust for Vaccines & Immunization” (TVI) since Dec., 2009.

Social Activities

  • Member: Karachi Gymkhana Club, Since 10/08/1972
  • Member: Karachi Club, Since 14/04/1992
  • Member: Karachi Golf Club, Since 24/12/1987
  • Member: Defence Authority Marina Club, Karachi, Since 25/08/1992
  • Member: Faran Club International – Karachi, Since 19/07/1986
  • Member: Bath Island Lions Club, Karachi, Since May, 1994
  • Member: Muslim Gymkhana, Karachi, Since 02-10-1998
  • Member/Director: Arabian Sea Country Club, Karachi, Since 01/07/1997
  • Member: ACACIA Country & Golf Club, Since 24/01/2008
  • President: Karachi New MJF Lions Club, Since 17/10/2006

PAKISTAN & GULF ECONOMIST had an exclusive conversation with Mr S. M. Muneer regarding Pakistan Day celebrations and the current economic scenario of Pakistan in particular and the world in general. Following are the excerpts of the conversation:

Pakistan Day celebrations this year have been called off which is a very prudent decision. I stand by the government in this regard. Coronavirus has devastated numerous business opportunities globally and Pakistan is no exception. The entire world is in the grip of fear. We are blessed that Pakistan is not as affected as some other countries and this is the blessing of almighty Allah. We all must ensure precautions as recommended by the provincial and federal governments. Pakistan is heaven on earth and we would celebrate many Pakistan Day events in the coming years. We love our country and it is always tremendous time to celebrate Pakistan Day, however, the current situation calls for care. Once coronavirus is contained across the world, we would celebrate all occasions and in particular we would celebrate the Pakistan Day with plenty of fanfare next year.

All Pakistanis must reduce travel opportunities in Pakistan and try to stay home due to coronavirus. Those who are traveling abroad these days have to spend 14 days in quarantine facilities in many countries particularly at the airports, which is a monumental hassle and is filled with apprehension. Many governments globally have issued directives for restraints against travel.

Pakistan’s trade has increased worldwide during last couple of years and now GSP facility has been extended in all Europe which will help Pakistan to increase the exports.

There is a big shortage of raw cotton in Pakistan and the exporters are compelled to import cotton from worldwide losing foreign exchange and our government must make sure to produce more cotton in the coming years.

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