Program: (Pl. see the attachment)
3pm-5pm on Saturday Jan 28,2012 
at PECHS Community Hall,
Press Release
Hyderabad, 20th January, 2012
Taxpayers' Interaction Seminar held at RTO Hyderabad

Facilitation and Taxpayers Education (FATE) Wing of the FBR arranged a Taxpayers interaction seminar at Regional Tax Office (RTO) Hyderabad today.
The seminar was arranged by FATE Wing, in coordination with RTO Hyderabad, as part of a series of seminars currently being arranged under Taxpayers Awareness Initiative and was attended by members of Hyderabad Tax Bar Association, Central Sindh Tax bar, representatives of major withholding agents, Chambers of Commerce & Industry of Hyderabad, Mirpurkhas and Thatta; Sindh-Balochistan Rice Millers Association, representatives of Pakistan Tax Bar Association and FBR officials.
During the interactive seminar, detailed presentations were made on working of the Facilitation and Taxpayers Education (FATE) Wing, "Documentation of Economy & Tax Evasion" and "e-services for Taxpayers" followed by a detailed Questions and Answers session.
During the Questions and Answers session, the participants voiced their concerns over the topics covered in the presentations and highlighted their general and specific issues. The FBR officials present in the seminar addressed those concerns and noted down the suggestions for further perusal.
The participants also appreciated the initiative of Taxpayers' interaction, awareness and facilitation undertaken by the FATE Wing of the FBR and said that this should be made a regular feature.
The Chief Commissioner RTO Hyderabad Mr. Misri Ladhani, thanked the participants for attending the seminar and making it a success. He also appreciated the efforts of FBR officials of RTO Hyderabad for arranging the event and thanked the FATE Wing for providing an avenue for interaction between the taxpayers and the Federal Board of Revenue.
Additional Commissioner Mr. Farooque Azam Memon and DC (HQ) Mr. Peer Khalid also addressed the seminar.

Mohammad Shahzad
Secretary PR
Federal Board of Revenue (FBR)
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David Miliband to support Agriculture Development in Pakistan

(20th January, 2012 Islamabad) Indus Basin Holding (IBH), a leading agricultural development company in Pakistan, has announced that Britain's former Foreign Secretary, The Rt Hon David Miliband MP, has become a Senior Advisor.
IBH invests in high-growth agricultural projects which help improve and develop land farmed in Pakistan's Indus river basin, one of the largest irrigated regions in the world.  
Agriculture represents some 25% of Pakistan's GDP and employs 45% of the country's workforce.  Despite this it remains one of the most under-invested sectors in the country. As a result, farm yields are lower than industry average, and post-harvest infrastructure is significantly underdeveloped.  This is what IBH seeks to correct.
IBH attracts leading international investors and partners into its projects which range from food processing to contract farming.  One of these projects, Rice Partners, manages the complete rice supply chain from seed to packaged rice, by working closely with small-hold rice farmers.
Commenting on his role David Miliband said "I am delighted to be advising Indus Basin Holding, a company that is investing in Pakistan's future at a time of such fundamental importance. I care deeply about Pakistan, the development of its economy and its future in the wider region. IBH are committed to developing an agricultural sector which has huge potential, but currently lacks investment. I look forward to working with IBH in building support and investment in Pakistan's agricultural capacity and productivity." 
Aamer A. Sarfraz, founder of IBH, said "We are delighted to be able to bring on board the expertise of Mr. Miliband who knows the region and its challenges well.  He shares our conviction that investment in Pakistan's agricultural sector can have substantial long-term impact on the country's poorest farming communities.
"Media Enquiries:
Justin Doherty,
Indus Basin Holding

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