The Ministry of Ports & Shipping will mobilize all resources to get land for Training Institute for Logistics Industry.
The first PIFFA Excellence Award & Gala Night-2012 was celebrated with much fanfare wherein more than 1000 guests from Ports, Shipping Lines, Airlines, Terminal Operators, CFS, Banks, Insurance Companies, Bonded Carriers, Officials of Customs, ANF, and PIFFA Member Companies attended.
Vice Admiral Mohammed Shafi, Chairman Port Qasim Authority represented Senator Babar Khan Ghauri, Federal Minister for Ports & Shipping as Chief Guest. Mr. Asim Saeed Khan, Chairman Pakistan International Freight Forwarders Association in his welcome address sought support for a piece of land for construction of PIFFA Training Institute wherein vocational education will be imparted in Logistics & Supply Chain Management up to Masters’ level. He also invited attention to PIFFA initiatives to build LCL Transshipment facilities at Ports to cater to the ever-growing transit needs of landlocked neighboring countries. “This will bring much needed foreign exchange for Pakistan and generate business and employment opportunities in the country,” added Asim Saeed Khan, Chairman of Pakistan International Freight Forwarders Association.
Vice Admiral Mohammed Shafi, Chairman Port Qasim Authority in his address applauded the capacity building efforts being made by PIFFA and assured that Ministry of Ports & Shipping will mobilize all its resources to get the land for construction of PIFFA Training Institute for its training and education program for the benefit of Freight Forwarding Companies and its employees, allied stakeholders and general public. This will enhance professionalism in the industry and to meet the international standards. Appreciative of concept of LCL Transhipment Hub in Pakistan, he assured full support from Karachi Port Trust and Port Qasim Authority.
Later, Excellence Awards were conferred in 22 categories to various Shipping Lines, Airline, Shipping Agents, Stevedores, Container Freight Stations, and Container Terminal Operators etc.
The Award distribution ceremony was followed by dinner and musical program wherein well-known singers and comedians entertained the audience.
This event provided all stakeholders of the industry, a high-profiled opportunity to interact in a relaxed and a pleasant atmosphere whilst developing fellowship and corporate relationships.