Mr. Iqbal Tabish
Chief Executive Officer, PGJDC
PGJDC is a monolith; a family with striking diversity enjoying vast pool of talent, creativity, Ingenuity, knowledge and skills. However, it is essential for all of us to ensure that such admirable qualities of our top of the line academicians and instructors, supported by state-of-the-art machinery and equipment, are inculcated in the budding Pakistani youth aspiring to join Gem and Jewellery Industry in Pakistan. It is my pleasure to share some of the important milestones of PGJDC, achieved in a very short period with the grace of Allah Almighty and with continuous support and guidance from the Gems and Jewellery Sector and the Federal Ministry of Industries and Production. The Company has established fully functional Training Centers in Karachi, Lahore, Quetta, Peshawar, Gilgit, Muzaffarabad and Sargodha, whereas Gem Exchanges have been established in Peshawar and Quetta. The Company has also setup Gem Labs in Karachi, Lahore, Gilgit, Peshawar, Quetta, Muzaffarabad and Sargodha and Assaying and Hallmarking Centers in Karachi and Lahore. We have trained more than 12,000 individuals across the country in the areas of gems and jewellery through more than 800 training programs. The Company is playing a vital role in promoting the Gems & Jewellery industry in the international markets through participation in different international shows in major countries including USA, Germany, Turkey, UAE, Hong Kong and Thailand, and has so far organized 37 Gem Exhibitions/Bazaars in Islamabad, lahore, Peshawar and Quetta to create enabling environment for Gems and Jewellery trade and exports.
The Company has also organized two dazzling International Gems and Jewellery Exhibitions in Karachi and Lahore during which 154 Exhibitors from all across Pakistan exhibited their products in front of targetted local and international audiences. Around 72 International delegates visited the Event and the Exhibition resulted in development of B2B and B2C linkages between the local sector and international counterparts leading towards enhancement in exports.
However, this is not what we want to settle for. The idea is to move forward with more rigor and commitment. Our future plans include setting up of training centers in Bahawalpur, Faisalabad, Multan and Sukkur; Gem Processing, Mining and Training centers in Abbottabad, Chillas, Chitral, Gizir and Skardu; Assaying and Hallmarking Centers in Faisalabad and Multan; Business Development Centers in Karachi, Islamabad And Gilgit; and a Gem Exchange in Karachi.
I believe, through concerted efforts, team work, continuous support from industry, coupled with dynamic marketing strategy, we would be able to achieve our goals and uplift the industry leading towards value addition and exports.
Mr. Muhammad Iqbal Tabish has wide range of experience of working with both public and private sector organizations at National and International level.
He is currently serving Pakistan Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC) as it Chief Executive Officer. Before assuming this position, he served as Secretary General of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation Chamber of Commerce and Industry – the apex organization of SAARC mandated to promote economic cooperation in South Asia. He has served Trade Development Authority of Pakistan, Ministry of Commerce Government of Pakistan as Senior Economist (Head of Research & Information cell of WTO Wing). He was also associated with Federation of Pakistan CCI as Director (R&D) and has established credentials as economist.
He has been associated with various international organizations in various capacities. He is member of Economic Advisory Council of United Nations’ Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and observer on World Banks’ Investment Climate Fund’s Program on Climate Resilience, Washington D.C. Besides, he is member, Steering Committee of Sweden Standards Institute for South and East Asia and had been regular invitee to Expert Group Meetings on SAFTA and Committee of Economic Cooperation Meetings of SAARC.
He has played an important role in promotion of economic cooperation between China and South Asia as honorary Secretary General of China-South Asia Business Council (CSABC) for Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT), Yunnan and Sichuan Province of Peoples’ Republic of China and is associated with CCPIT as Advisor to CSABC in recognition of his services. He was also member Advisory Committee of SAARC Trade Portal Network of GIZ. In addition to that he is former Member of Board of Directors of Pakistan Industrial Development Corporation (July 2014-June 2016).
He holds M.Phil Degree in Management Sciences (Gold medalist) with Major in Economics and has obtained Master degree in Economics. Besides, he passed CSS Examination in 1999 (27th batch)
He is an expert on South Asian trade and Industry and has been involved in various projects of UNDP, World Bank and other international organisations and has represented Pakistan and South Asia on many international fora. He has contributed to literature on trade, economics, trade transport, energy and climate change and has authored several publications in these areas.