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BR Research: Prior to the establishment of the Indus Hospital, you have been involved in a number of initiatives to improve the public healthcare facilities in the country. How did it all begin?

Treet Corporation is among the oldest group of companies in Pakistan. Its history goes back to pre-partition when it was established as a diversification from the canteen and agricultural business. After the creation of Pakistan the company diversified into multiple businesses but now razor blade business is its main bread and butter today.
The country's largest independent power producer, Kot Addu Power Company Limited (KSE: KAPCO) is a significant contributor to the national exchequer. The organisation holds enormous significance as its shares are listed on all the three stock exchanges and is also a KSE-30 Index company. The IPP is essentially involved in the ownership, operation and maintenance of a 1,600 MW nameplate capacity gas, furnace oil and diesel fired power station at Kot Addu in the province of Punjab, and to sell the electrical energy produced to its single customer, the Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA).
Noon Group of companies is Pakistan's one of the oldest business groups. The group was established by the prominent Noon family of Punjab. Noon Pakistan Limited - was incorporated in 1966 as a public company. Currently, the family owns a diversified portfolio of companies under its belt. This group has its presence from cement industry to textile and from sugar to dairy product.
ImageM.A. Mannan is the President and CEO of TCS Holdings Limited bringing with him over 22 years of business experience, both locally and internationally. Prior to joining TCS, Mannan served as the Executive Director at Silkbank where he was responsible for Islamic Banking and also spearheaded the Mergers & Acquisitions activities to deliver the best value for the bank.
Dr Paul Philipp Hermann is currently a Co-Founder at - a global real estate classified platform. Prior to this Mr Paul Hermann had worked for the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) for three years and founded an online recruiting start-up. He holds a Ph.D. in Law from Bucerius Law School in Hamburg and a M.Sc. in Internet Studies from the University of Oxford. Following is an edited excerpt of a recent conversation BR Research had with Mr Paul Hermann.
Shabbir Tiles & Ceramics Limited (STCL) was founded by the House of Habib in 1978. It was a technical and strategic collaboration between the House of Habib and Agrob Anlagenbau GmbH of West Germany, and STCL was the first and only private sector company that made ceramics in Pakistan. The company, therefore, gets the credit for setting up ceramic industry in the country and in three decades it has transformed the way Pakistani make houses.


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Foreign Debt $62.649bn
Per Cap Income $1,512
GDP Growth 4.24%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.197 bln
Exports $1.729 bln
Imports $3.926 bln
WeeklyNovember 23, 2015
Reserves $19.713 bln