IBA CPEC Business Conference 2016

IBA CPEC Business Conference 2016

On Thursday the 17th of March 2016, the IBA MBA Club IBA hosted a one day conference on the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Pakistan is at the crossroads of a major change, and as pointed out by one of the dignitaries of the conference; Former Dean and Director IBA and Former Governor State Bank of Pakistan Dr. Ishrat Husain, "the idea of CPEC was powerful enough to transform the image of Pakistan as a safe haven of terrorist organizations, to the safe haven of 46 Billion Dollars Chinese investment, and that it all has just started."

The objectives of the conference were:

  • Cut through the cloud and gauge the true nature of opportunities presented by CPEC
  • Identify public sector's responsibilities in encouraging domestic private sector for CPEC
  • Discuss the issues holding private sector back in realizing CPEC's benefits
  • Highlight the role business schools can play in helping public and private sectors maximize the benefits of CPEC

The CPEC Business Conference 2016 culminated successfully with attendance of more than 250 participants from the public sector, corporate sector and academia. Following were the guest of honor:

Maj. Gen.(Retd) Dr. Zahir Shah Project Director, CPEC
Mr. Atif Bajwa Director & CEO, Bank Alfalah
Dr. Ishrat Husain Former Dean & Director, IBA Karachi
Ms. Naheed Memon Chairman, Sindh Board of Investment
Dr. Safdar A. Sohail Executive Director, CPEC Centre of Excellence, Planning Commission
Mr. Syed Salim Raza Former Governor State Bank of Pakistan
Dr. Imran Ali Professor & Dean, Karachi School of Business & Leadership
Dr. Sayeed Ghani Acting Dean & Director, IBA Karachi
Dr. Nasir Afghan Program Director MBA, IBA Karachi
Dr. Rameez Khalid Program Director PGD SCM, IBA Karachi
Dr. Ahmad Junaid Coordinator, Finance Department, IBA Karachi
IBA CPEC Business Conference 2016

Dr. Nasir Afghan, Program Director MBA and Patron of the IBA MBA Club, said that we have received an overwhelming response on this conference and therefore we have decided to organize another conference next year at international level i.e. International CPEC Business Conference 2017 in collaboration with SILC Business School, Shanghai University.