Agribusiness Financing - the Way Forward - May 28, 2016

Executive MBA team successfully organized a powerful event entitled as "Agribusiness Financing - the Way Forward" in collaboration with Sindh Enterprise Development Fund (SEDF). In the pleasant afternoon of May 28, 2016, a galaxy of business tycoons, successful entrepreneurs, bankers, senior executives, experts and young leaders assembled at Gani Tayub Auditorium to listen to subject specialists on Agribusiness. Main purpose of the event was to create awareness on the incentives and measures offered by government functionaries to develop the agriculture sector and unleash its great potential.

The seminar began with the recitation of Holy Quran by Mr. Hasan Amir, MBA (Executive) participant followed by welcome remarks by Director, Executive MBA Program, Mr. Muhammad Saleem Umer . Mr Mehboob ul Haq, CEO, of SEDF emphasized the SEDF role in developing the agriculture sector. He mentioned that dates, guava, banana, mango, livestock, dairy, fisheries etc. has lot of potential which need to be exploited. The whole agriculture sector gives more return than any other business of the world.

Mr. Irfan Khan, CEO, Organic Meat Company shared his motivational success story with the participants. Mr. Khan a banker turned entrepreneur is also a Resource Person of Executive MBA program. Followed by him, Mr Talha Azeem, Faculty Member of Agriculture department University of Karachi and an MBA (Executive) participant, he delivered a presentation on "Demystifying the Agribusiness Finance" and shared his rich experience on the subject. State Bank of Pakistan was represented by Mr. Kamran Akram Bakhshi Additional Director, Agri Finance. In his presentation he shared the initiatives taken by SBP in developing this sector. Unlocking formal Credit to Farmers through the Agri-Collateral Manager was the presentation of Mr. Kazim Saeed, Strategy Advisor, PAC, Commercial Banks perspective by Mr. Ahmer Liaquat, Senior Vice President and Wing Head Agriculture & Small Business Finance Division National Bank of Pakistan, Challenges faced by Banks in Agri-Financing by Mr. Masroor Qureshi, Senior Executive Silk Bank and IBA alumnus, a Presentation by Mr. Shahjahan Hashmani, Project Director, Sindh Agriculture Growth Project and Executive MBA alumni were the highlights of the event. The key note address was delivered by Ms Naheed Memon, Chairperson, Sindh Board of Investment and SEDF. She dealt with the strategic part of the topic and highlighted the opportunities available in the sector. She eloquently addressed the challenges and steps desired to turn the tide. She along with Mr. Saleem Umer distributed the event plaques among the speakers/ presenters. The program was well conducted by the Executive MBA participant Ms Sara Zafar and Ms Zahra Sohail admirably developed and managed the presentations. At the rich high tea was offered to the participants.

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