ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) organised a multi-stakeholder corporate networking conference on the theme ‘Punjab: Pakistan’s Industrial and Talent Powerhouse’ here in Faisalabad to emphasise on the need for future-readiness of businesses to keep Faisalabad globally competitive and make it lucrative for foreign investors.
As a hub for industrialisation in Pakistan, Faisalabad is on the cusp of a technological revolution and the need for organisations to be future-ready was never greater. At ACCA’s conference, prominent thought leaders and policy makers discussed and proposed recommendations on how to keep Faisalabad region up to speed amidst the Fourth Industrial Revolution by adopting a growth agenda based on the golden principles of inclusivity, integrity and innovation.
‘As the global body for professional accountants, ACCA is a super-connector – seeing, facilitating and maximising linkages across the profession for the benefit of our members, economies and society at large. Conferences like this allow us to share our future-focused Professional Insights and help organisations to think ahead and stay future-fit.’ – Assad Hameed Khan, Market Head – Business Development, ACCA Pakistan
Senator Walid Iqbalwas the Chief Guest at the event. He delivered a passionate speech on the future of Faisalabad region, emphasised on the role of business community in keeping ‘Manchester of Pakistan’ ahead on the global stage, and shared the government’s commitment. He also urged policy makers and regulators to facilitate investors and improve ease of doing business in the city.
The conference also discussed how our manufacturing sector can adopt latest technologies and develop future-ready talent to compete and win globally. Rana Muhammad Sikandar Azam, President, Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce & Industries shared with attendees his exclusive insights into the future of textile sector in Pakistan and shared how their member organisations are leading the change.
Speaking at the conference, ACCA’s Head of Business Development Central, Muhammad Shahid Khan, said: ‘Faisalabad contributes significantly to our national GDP and its manufacturing sector is among the biggest employers. It’s crucial for organisations operating in the district to ensure their sustainability and futureproof jobs by staying ahead of the curve when it comes to disruptive technologies.’