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Pradeep S Mehta is the founder and Secretary General of the Jaipur-based Consumer Unity & Trust Society (CUTS International). He has studied commerce at the Calcutta University and law at the Rajasthan University, Jaipur. In April, 2012, Mehta was nominated to the High Level Stakeholders Panel of WTO on Defining the Future of Trade. Among other notable appointments, Mehta has been Honorary Adviser to the Commerce & Industry Minister of India and NGO Adviser to the WTO Director General from 2002 to 2005. He serves on several policy-making bodies of the Government of India and Inter-Governmental Organisations related to trade, investment, competition, and environment and consumer affairs. He has published/edited several books and papers on trade, investment, competition and development.

Pakistan Petroleum Limited has been a vanguard in the energy sector since 1950s. The E&P firm has been in this business for several years, contributing to about one fourth of total gas supplies, besides producing crude oil, condensate and LPG. The current capital structure of the company consists of 67.51 percent shareholdings of GOP, 7.35 percent of PPL employee empowerment trust, and 25.14 percent of private investors, after the privatisation procedure that resulted 2.5 percent of government holding divestment.
Incorporated in 1986 as a public limited company, Clover Pakistan Limited is involved in the manufacturing, marketing and distribution of food and other personal care products.
Nishat Chunian Power Limited is a public limited company incorporated in February 2007. It is listed on both Karachi and Lahore Stock Exchanges, and was established with the objective of setting-up a new power generation project having gross capacity of 200 MW under a 25 year 'take or pay' agreement with National Transmission & Dispatch Company Limited (NTDCL).
Dr Mukhtar Ahmed is serving as the Chairman of the Higher Education Commission, which oversees higher education institutions (HEIs) in Pakistan. Dr Mukhtar has over 25 years of experience in the education sector. He has previously served as the Executive Director, HEC, prior to which he was the Deputy Director General of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation in Rabat, Morocco. Dr Mukhtar earned Bachelor & Master of Science from University of Agriculture, Faisalabad and Master in Business Administration and his PhD in Botany from University of California, Riverside, USA.
Ippocratis Vrohidis has been the Vice-President-Finance for Asia Pacific from April 2013. A 24 years veteran of 3M, Vrohidis served as Vice President 3M International Operations and Corporate Staff services since April 2011, after having served as Finance Director for Industrial & Transportation Business since 2006. BR Research recently met Vrohidis on his visit to Pakistan. Following are edited excerpts from the conversation.
Incorporated in 1992, Fauji Cement Company ranks as one of the prominent names in the cement industry of Pakistan. The company is headquartered in Rawalpindi and operates cement plants at Jhang Bahtar, Tehsil Fateh Jang, District Attock in the province of Punjab. Fauji Cement runs two lines of cement plants, one for FLS Denmark and the other for POLYSIUS Germany.


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ICT 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
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