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Bradford businessman determined to LIFT Pakistan’s entrepreneurial potential

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Pakistan has always been a focus of attention because of its strategic geographical position it’s huge natural resources and its talented human capital.
However this immense potential has largely been squandered due to corruption and flaws in the infrastructure of the country.

Now the new government of Pakistan, under the charismatic leadership of Imran Khan, has given the nation and the global community immense hope. There is huge determination and energy in the nation to reverse the political trends and bring about creative positive change.

With the new government pledging to create an open engaged discussion, stakeholders both from Pakistan and overseas have an opportunity to leverage their expertise knowledge and skills.

Businessman Amjad Pervez from Bradford has joined Jumpstart, an organisation promoting entrepreneurialism to young Pakistanis.

Mr Pervez says: “Jumpstart endeavours economical independence. It does this by helping young people realise their potential through setting up their own business and growing existing businesses in the country.

“We then connecting them with overseas lucrative global markets and businesses of Pakistani-origin established across the globe.”

To kickstart off the projects already organised, Mr Pervez has lined up a UK delegation to attend the LIFT conference, a six-day event which will be held in the country’s capital city Islamabad during November.

“The LIFT conference will bring together over 20,000 visitors from every nationality possible and global influencers from every field of human endeavour be it academia, enterprise, health, education, innovation or technology,” explains Mr Pervez.

“Having these local and global experts on hand means Pakistan can demonstrate that it has a proven record of delivering success through championing enterprise.

“Through this conference, we will create the much needed global partnerships for the vital transfer of skills and expertise.

“Pakistan clearly has huge potential but right now we have challenges in every sphere of our lives be it education, health, infrastructure, agriculture, water and sewage management… the list is endless.

“By cherishing and nourishing entrepreneurship at every life cycle from startups to large companies we aim to infuse entrepreneurship in the very DNA of our population so they could solve these problems innovatively and creatively, thus delivering the objectives of the government through empowerment, to create prosperity and abundance for the citizens and the nation.”

The LIFT conference will take place at the Convention Centre, Islamabad

In the light of JumpStart Pakistan’s vision to ignite an economic revolution, the primary hurdle to initiate the change process on a national scale is Pakistan’s deteriorating image among the global investors especially the overseas Pakistanis.

“In order to support the entrepreneurial activities in Pakistan, we need to win back the confidence of overseas Pakistanis and other global financial players by inviting them to visit Pakistan.

“We can showcase our startups, SMEs and the mind-boggling potential of this land, thereby providing them the investment opportunity,” adds Mr Pervez.

“SMEs that are already producing revenue and creating jobs for past several years, have the potential to become global enterprises.

“Whereas, universities are those very nurseries which are focused on harnessing the human resource that feed the startups, SMEs as well as enterprises, therefore our think tank on education will be suggesting right polices towards creating a 21st century education system for Pakistan.”

ONE MONTH TO GO

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ON-YOUR-MARKS: Cyclists will get in the saddle for the first stage of the 2014 Tour de France on Saturday 5th July, starting their journey from the Headrow in Leeds, through to Harrogate

ON-YOUR-MARKS: Cyclists will get in the saddle for the first stage of the 2014 Tour de France on Saturday 5th July, starting their journey from the Headrow in Leeds, through to Harrogate

Ever since it was announced, in December 2012, that Yorkshire had won the rights to host the opening stages of the 2014 Tour de France, the cycling buzz across the region has sky-rocketed.

Fast forward one-and-a-half years to the present day and we are now just one month away from welcoming the biggest cycling race in the world to the White Rose county.

The world’s top competitors will pull up in Leeds for the Grand Depart on Saturday 5th July, with thousands of fans from across the world expected to fly in and show their support for their favourite athletes.

Yorkshire’s residents, businesses and governing bodies have been getting in the spirit over the past 18 months, and are all likely to benefit from a boom in tourism next month.

Stage One will see competitors cycle the 190km route from Leeds to Harrogate, before a 201km challenge will be undertaken from York to Sheffield on Sunday 6th July.

BENEFICIAL: Amjad Pervez, President at The Yorkshire Asian Business Association hopes Yorkshire will unite as one and help make the Tour one to remember around the world

BENEFICIAL: Amjad Pervez, President at The Yorkshire Asian Business Association hopes Yorkshire will unite as one and help make the Tour one to remember around the world

The benefits for the region’s communities are plentiful with businesses hoping to capitalise on the increased footfall.

Amjad Pervez, President at The Yorkshire Asian Business Association, says he can’t wait for the Tour to arrive and looks forward to seeing Yorkshire’s winning spirit televised on a global scale.

“It is something which we seem to have been waiting forever to come around and it will bring huge benefits to the area,” he said.

“We keep talking about this north-south divide with London being known for culture and sport, such as the 2012 Olympics. Now, here is an opportunity for Yorkshire to welcome an internationally renowned sporting event and I can’t wait.

“The hard work has already been done by the team who attracted the Tour to Yorkshire and the county’s brand has grown in a way that cannot be bought. Millions of pounds have been invested into the Yorkshire brand because of PR and that is only going to bring positive results.”

Mr Pervez says he will be attending the race with colleagues and his grandchildren and hopes to see Yorkshire’s communities unite for a celebration of sport.

“Everybody from businesses, citizens and the city’s governing bodies should be taking advantage of the Tour,” he said.

Christopher Froome of Britain, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, strains in the last meters of the eleventh stage of the Tour de France cycling race, an individual time trial over 33 kilometers (20.6 miles) with start in in Avranches and finish in Mont-Saint-Michel, western France, Wednesday July 10 2013. (AP Photo/Laurent Rebours)

Christopher Froome of Britain, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, strains in the last meters of the eleventh stage of the Tour de France cycling race, an individual time trial over 33 kilometers (20.6 miles) with start in in Avranches and finish in Mont-Saint-Michel, western France, Wednesday July 10 2013. (AP Photo/Laurent Rebours)

“If you and your friends can make it out on the day and help increase the size of the crowd, it would help show our passion for the sport as pictures are beamed across the world.

“We need to show the world that we are cultured in Yorkshire and passionate about more than just Yorkshire puddings. We need to get out there and get connected to the wider world, whether it be on an individual, social or economic scale.”

He added: “It is not too late for businesses to still get involved. Just visit the Welcome to Yorkshire website and find the best way to get your company benefitting from the Tour.”

The team presentation ceremony will commence on Thursday 3rd July at Leeds’ First Direct Arena before pedal power is put into full force at the Grand Depart from 11am on the Headrow.

Show your support for Yorkshire and the Tour by getting involved and helping to make the event a truly Yorkshire affair which the world will remember.

“It is something which we seem to have been waiting forever to come around and it will bring huge benefits to the area.”