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Introduction: A New Chapter Begins

In an unprecedented move, the Proptech & Smartech Convention '23, organized by landtrack.pk under the visionary leadership of Mr. Atif Arafin, CEO and founder, marked a significant milestone in Pakistan's real estate sector. This event, the first of its kind, brought together industry leaders, innovators, and stakeholders to discuss the future of real estate in the region. With the support of prominent sponsors and contributors like Arif Habib Dolmen REIT and Star Marketing, the convention aimed to bridge the gaps within the industry, showcasing the potential for technological integration and sustainable practices.

Innovations and Collaborations Unveiled

The convention kicked off with a focus on how technology can revolutionize the construction industry, emphasizing smart, safe, and sustainable building technologies. Discussions highlighted the need for Pakistan to embrace global standards of affordable housing and innovative construction methods. The role of Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) and the collaborative efforts of developers and stakeholders were also explored, setting a tone for constructive dialogue and mutual growth.

A Sustainable Future in Sight

As the event progressed, the spotlight turned to the impact of climate change, the significance of sustainable development goals, and the pivotal role of academia in the real estate domain. Mr. Arafin's call for collective wisdom and a collaborative approach underscored the convention's ethos - that unity and knowledge-sharing are key to navigating the challenges and opportunities ahead. The presence of educational institutions alongside industry giants highlighted a comprehensive approach to fostering innovation and sustainability in real estate.

Conclusion: A Beacon of Hope and Progress

The Proptech & Smartech Convention '23 not only served as a platform for discussion but also as a beacon of hope for the future of real estate in Pakistan. Mr. Arafin's closing gratitude towards sponsors, supporters, and the State Bank of Pakistan reflected a successful culmination of efforts and the beginning of a promising journey. As we look forward to seeing the tangible impacts of this convention, it's clear that the path to a more innovative, sustainable, and collaborative real estate sector has been laid. For a comprehensive insight into the convention and to hear from the visionary himself, watch the full video here.
Muneeb
14 Feb 2024
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In a recent panel discussion at the Proptech & SmarTech Convention '23, industry leaders including Mr. Muhammad Ejaz, CEO of Arif Habib Dolmen REIT, Mr. Sarfaraz Shahid Hussain, CEO of YPay Financial Services, and Mr. Muhammad Junaid, Program Manager at I Thrive ICAP, delved into the critical role of financial literacy in today's technology-driven world. Amidst a backdrop of evolving property technology (PropTech) and smart technology (SmartTech), the conversation underscored the importance of understanding financial fundamentals as a cornerstone for both individuals and businesses.

Understanding Financial Literacy

Financial literacy, as defined by Mr. Ejaz, encompasses a comprehensive understanding of financial matters: from income and expenses to savings, investments, and the associated risks and returns. This knowledge is not just about numbers on a page; it's about making informed decisions that align with personal or business goals and risk profiles. The dialogue highlighted how educational institutions and industries related to property technology are increasingly focusing on building this critical competency.

The Role of PropTech and SmartTech in Financial Education

Mr. Junaid emphasized the unique position of PropTech and SmartTech industries in bridging the gap between complex financial concepts and the average consumer. Unlike traditional real estate transactions, these technologies offer a platform for more direct interaction with retail customers, many of whom may lack a foundational understanding of investment principles. This shift presents an opportunity—and a responsibility—for businesses within these sectors to prioritize financial education as part of their customer engagement strategies.

Financial Literacy and Technology: A Symbiotic Relationship

The panelists agreed that financial literacy and technological advancement are increasingly interlinked. As Mr. Hussain pointed out, the evolution of technology not only transforms how we access and manage our finances but also raises the bar for consumer education. In the era of digital wallets, online investments, and blockchain, understanding the underlying assets and the principles of sound financial management becomes more crucial than ever.

Conclusion: Charting a Path Forward

The discussion at Build Asia makes it clear: as technology continues to reshape the landscape of industries, particularly in PropTech and SmartTech, financial literacy becomes not just an asset but a necessity. For individuals and businesses alike, the future will be shaped by those who not only embrace technological innovations but also possess the financial acumen to navigate this new terrain wisely. To gain more insights into this enlightening panel discussion on financial literacy within the realms of PropTech and SmartTech, click here to watch the full video.
Muneeb
13 Feb 2024
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In the rapidly evolving construction sector of Pakistan, Mr. Zikar Mehanti, CEO of Mehanti Corporation, stands as a herald of progress and integrity. His heartfelt address at the Proptech & Smartech Convention 23, organized by landtrack.pk, captured the essence of his journey and the challenges he faced. From the modest beginnings of conducting surveys on bicycles and scooters to confronting the complexities of an unorganized sector, Mr. Mehanti's story is one of resilience and visionary leadership. Confronting Challenges with Determination Zikar Mehanti's narrative is deeply intertwined with the broader challenges of Pakistan's construction industry. He vividly describes the hurdles of navigating through an intricate web of permits and regulations, a process made daunting by frequent changes in laws and the inefficiencies of bureaucratic procedures. Mr. Mehanti remarks, highlighting how well-intentioned businesses often find themselves stymied by regulatory obstacles. Despite these challenges, his commitment to doing good, clean work without succumbing to shortcuts shines through as a beacon of hope. A Call for Integrity and Compliance Mr. Mehanti's vision extends beyond mere construction; it encompasses a transformative approach to how business should be conducted in the industry. He draws inspiration from global benchmarks like Dubai and Singapore, where adherence to laws and regulations underpins the success of their construction sectors. Mr. Mehanti emphasizes the importance of forsaking shortcuts for long-term progress, stating,
"Agar hum sirf shortcuts dhundte rahenge, toh hamara mulk kabhi tarakki nahi karega."
His plea for compliance and integrity is not just about building structures but about laying the foundation for a more accountable and sustainable future. Conclusion: Building a Legacy of Progress Zikar Mehanti's contributions to the construction industry in Pakistan transcend the mere erection of buildings; they represent a steadfast commitment to ethical practices, legal compliance, and industry-wide progress. His journey and the challenges he has overcome serve as a powerful testament to the potential for positive change within the sector. As Mehanti Corporation continues to lead by example, the path forward is clear: embracing the rule of law, prioritizing quality, and maintaining integrity are crucial for the advancement of the construction industry in Pakistan. To explore more about Zikar Mehanti's insights and his vision for a reformed and prosperous construction sector, watch his full speech here.
Muneeb
12 Feb 2024
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The construction industry in Pakistan is on the brink of a new era, marked by rapid technological advancements and shifting regulatory landscapes. At the forefront of this transformation, Mr. Abdul Kareem Adhia, former Vice Chairman of ABAD & COO of Olympic Group, shared his insights at the Proptech & Smartech Convention 23, organized by Landtrack.pk. His speech highlighted the pivotal changes and challenges facing the sector, from tax reforms to the integration of cutting-edge technologies.

Navigating Regulatory Complexities

In his address, Mr. Adhia emphasized the evolving dynamics within the construction sector, particularly the significant shifts in tax regimes. The introduction of "one window operations" was initially seen as a beacon of hope for simplifying bureaucratic hurdles. However, post-2018 tax modifications have presented new complexities, underscoring the need for a more streamlined and supportive tax framework.

The Shift in Taxation and Its Impacts

The former Vice Chairman of ABAD advocated for the Final Tax Regime (FTR), arguing that a simplified tax system is crucial for the industry's growth. His reflections on the tax regime changes highlight the industry's demand for a system that not only fosters business development but also treats tax-paying businesses with the respect they deserve.

Technological Transformation in Construction

Moreover, Mr. Adhia's speech shed light on the significant role of Proptech and Smartech in reshaping the construction industry. These technologies promise to revolutionize business operations, from procurement and financial management to project oversight, driving the sector towards greater efficiency, transparency, and accountability.

Looking Forward: Balancing Regulation with Innovation

The construction industry in Pakistan finds itself at a crossroads, navigating between the challenges of a complex tax system and the opportunities afforded by technological innovation. The path forward will require a delicate balance, streamlining regulatory processes to encourage growth while leveraging new technologies to enhance competitiveness.

Conclusion:

As Mr. Abdul Kareem Adhia's insights reveal, the future of Pakistan's construction industry lies in embracing change—both in regulatory practices and technological adoption. By addressing these challenges head-on, the sector can pave the way for sustainable growth and development, setting a new standard for innovation and efficiency. For a deeper dive into Mr. Adhia's comprehensive analysis and forward-looking vision, watch the full video of his speech at the Proptech & Smartech Convention 23.
Muneeb
11 Feb 2024
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In the bustling lights of the Proptech & SmarTech Convention '23, Mr. Andeel Ali, Head of the Monitoring and Evaluation Department, NIC Karachi, shed light on the vital topic of localizing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). With a wealth of experience spanning 15 years across developmental and corporate sectors, Mr. Ali's passion for integrating sustainable practices into business ventures is palpable. Let's delve into the key takeaways from his enlightening session.

Unveiling NIC Karachi's Mission:

NIC Karachi stands as a beacon of hope in Pakistan's entrepreneurial landscape, funded by the Government of Pakistan under the Ministry of IT and Telecom Ignite. The organization operates nationwide, with a primary goal of nurturing the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Through initiatives like the Founder Institute program, NIC Karachi empowers individuals with the skills and resources needed to turn their innovative ideas into successful ventures.

Tackling Challenges Head-On:

During the session, Mr. Ali encouraged participants to identify not only challenges but also opportunities for growth. From environmental degradation to corruption and ineffective waste management systems, he urged attendees to take proactive steps towards finding solutions. By leveraging innovation and collaboration, NIC Karachi aims to address these challenges and create a brighter future for Pakistan.

Conclusion:

In conclusion, Mr. Andeel Ali's session at NIC Karachi serves as a reminder of the critical role organizations like NIC play in driving sustainable development. Through their tireless efforts and commitment to innovation, they are not only nurturing entrepreneurs but also fostering a culture of sustainability and resilience. As we navigate the complexities of our world, let us look to NIC Karachi as a beacon of hope for a brighter, more sustainable future. Explore the full video of Mr. Andeel Ali's insightful session at Proptech Convention '23, for a deeper dive into the world of sustainable development.
Muneeb
10 Feb 2024
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At a recent engaging session at Proptech Convention '23, Mr. Muhammad Rizwan Khan, Founder & CEO of Alpha Hycon, shared his visionary approach to revolutionizing real estate education in Pakistan. His speech, marked by a blend of passion and practicality, delved into the launch of a high-level diploma in real estate, designed to address the educational gaps in this vital industry.

Bridging the Educational Gap in Real Estate

Mr. Rizwan emphasized the significant role real estate plays as a major employment sector in Pakistan, second only to agriculture. Despite its vast scope, many enter the field without formal training, learning on the job. To tackle this issue, Alpha Hycon introduced a comprehensive diploma program in collaboration with the Center for Executive Education. The goal? To organize and formalize the academic side of real estate, providing a central platform for professional development. This three-month program, held on Saturdays, was thoughtfully crafted with input from nine expert faculty members and included 16 diverse modules.

A Focus on Practical Skills and Knowledge

The core of the program centered on developing practical skills crucial for decision-making in real estate. Mr. Rizwan highlighted areas such as development planning, financial management, and understanding Pakistan's complex regulatory framework. The course aimed to equip participants with essential industry knowledge, enabling them to make strategic decisions effectively. Moreover, topics like real estate investment trusts (REITs) and affordable housing technology were introduced, acknowledging emerging trends in the industry. The program also included guest speakers and field visits, offering students firsthand exposure to real-world scenarios.

Conclusion: Shaping Future Real Estate Leaders

Alpha Hycon's initiative marks a significant step towards enhancing the professional standards of the real estate industry in Pakistan. By providing a structured educational framework, they aim to nurture a new generation of well-informed, effective decision-makers in real estate. With plans to expand and refine the program, Alpha Hycon is poised to make a lasting impact on the industry. To learn more about this innovative real estate educational program, Watch Mr. Muhammad Rizwan's full speech here.
Muneeb
09 Feb 2024
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Introduction:

In a recent insightful panel discussion at the Proptech & SmarTech Convention '23, organized by Landtrack.pk, industry leaders gathered to explore the transformative impact of Property Wallet on the real estate sector. The Panel Featured Mr. Adnan Jilani, CEO of AJ, Ms. Aisha Haleem, CEO of Property Wallet, Mr. Azan Tariq, CCO of Property Wallet, Mr. Usman Irfan, COO of Property Wallet and Mr. Azan Tariq, COO of Property Wallet to discuss how this innovative platform is reshaping real estate transactions, offering a more efficient, transparent, and accessible approach for all stakeholders.

The Vision of Property Wallet:

Ms. Aisha Haleem, CEO of Property Wallet, shared the platform's mission to democratize real estate transactions, making them more accessible and transparent. She emphasized the platform's role in empowering both agents and clients by providing comprehensive tools for managing real estate activities seamlessly.

Empowering Agents and Clients:

Mr. Usman Irfan, COO and Mr. Azan Tariq, CCO of Property Wallet, elaborated on the platform's features, such as inventory management, digital marketing tools, and efficient sales processes. They highlighted how Property Wallet streamlines operations for real estate agents, thus enhancing their capabilities and service quality.

Innovative Solutions for Real Estate Challenges:

Mr. Azlan Tariq, COO of Property Wallet, discussed the challenges in the real estate industry, such as lack of transparency and delayed commission payments. Property Wallet addresses these issues by ensuring timely payments and fostering trust among all parties involved.

Conclusion:

The panel concluded with a unified vision of a more efficient and transparent real estate industry, enabled by technological solutions like Property Wallet. This platform is not just a tool but a catalyst for industry-wide transformation, empowering professionals and clients alike. For a deeper dive into these insights, watch the full video of the panel discussion here.
Muneeb
08 Feb 2024
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Amidst the backdrop of Pakistan's housing crisis, Bilal Khan Afridi, CEO of Creative 3D Pvt Ltd, brings a beacon of hope. At the Proptech & Smartech Convention 23, organized by landtrack.pk at the Expo Center Karachi, he shared his groundbreaking vision. Creative 3D, from its humble beginnings, now stands at the forefront of addressing one of Pakistan's most pressing needs – affordable housing.

Addressing the Housing Crisis with Innovative Technology

Bilal's journey began with a deep understanding of the dire housing situation in Pakistan. He shed light on the alarming fact that over 20 million Pakistanis lack adequate housing, a situation exacerbated by natural disasters like the 2022 floods. His solution? Leveraging the power of concrete 3D printing. Creative 3D's pioneering approach promises to construct homes 10 times faster and four times cheaper than traditional methods, offering a glimmer of hope to millions.

A Sustainable and Cost-Effective Path Forward

Emphasizing sustainability and affordability, Bilal Khan Afridi's approach redefines the construction industry in Pakistan. By manufacturing these 3D printers locally, Creative 3D drastically cut costs, making this technology more accessible. The method also boasts a 92% reduction in carbon footprint, 99% water conservation, and minimal waste, aligning with global environmental sustainability goals.

Conclusion: A Visionary's Dream Transforming Reality

Bilal Khan Afridi's vision encapsulates more than just constructing houses; it's about building communities and securing futures. His initiative with Creative 3D Pvt Ltd demonstrates the transformative power of technology in addressing critical societal issues. By providing affordable, sustainable housing, they are not just solving a problem but paving the way for a better future in Pakistan. To delve deeper into Bilal Khan Afridi's innovative journey with Creative 3D in revolutionizing affordable housing in Pakistan, watch his full speech here.
Muneeb
07 Feb 2024
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In a recent talk, at the Proptech & SmarTech Convention '23, organized by Landtrack.pk; Mr. Syed Zain Ali, CEO of Fortify, introduced a groundbreaking software set to transform the world of real estate finance. Aimed at real estate builders, Fortify is changing the game by streamlining crucial management processes, from project planning to debt recovery.

Streamlining Real Estate with Advanced Technology

Fortify, already operational in over 20 towers and 100 societies, is a testament to the power of innovative tech in real estate. This software tackles the inefficiencies of traditional legacy systems, which often rely on outdated methods like spreadsheets. By doing so, it addresses major industry challenges, such as business visibility and recovery processes. With Fortify, real estate businesses can now manage billions in assets with greater visibility and efficiency.

Comprehensive Solutions for Real Estate Challenges

Fortify's strength lies in its comprehensive approach. Covering everything from fund management, incorporating LP and GP concepts in asset management, to sales and ROI projections, Fortify ensures that all aspects of real estate finance are accounted for. Its user-friendly platform allows distributors to generate tokens and manage bookings seamlessly, while also handling commission, lead management, and distribution. This all-in-one solution significantly simplifies the complex business cycle of real estate.

Conclusion: A New Era for Real Estate Management

Syed Zain Ali's vision with Fortify is ushering in a new era for real estate finance management. By integrating various modules into a single platform, Fortify is not just a software; it's a revolution in real estate management, promising efficiency, transparency, and growth. To explore further, how Fortify is reshaping real estate finance, watch Syed Zain Ali's full speech here.
Muneeb
06 Feb 2024
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Introduction

Meet Ansab Naqvi, the CEO of Asani.io, who embarked on a mission to transform Karachi's water crisis into an opportunity for innovation. His speech unveiled the remarkable journey of Asani.io from a humble beginning to a leading force in urban water management.

Tackling Water Challenges with Ingenuity

Ansab's quest began with a heartfelt story – helping a senior citizen struggling with water scarcity. This scenario is a stark reality in Karachi, where water demand surpasses supply. Asani's innovative product line offers solutions ranging from motor systems to efficient water supply management, addressing the core of urban water challenges.

Smart Solutions for a Sustainable Karachi

Asani.io isn't just about hardware; it's about smart, adaptable solutions for the urban landscape. Ansab explained how inadequate water supply impacts buildings and investments, emphasizing the need for intelligent systems. Asani's tech-forward approach involves modular solutions, fitting diverse settings from homes to hospitals, ensuring efficient water, electricity, and gas usage.

A Model for Global Urban Centers

But Asani's vision goes beyond Karachi. Ansab Naqvi's model is a blueprint for global urban centers grappling with similar issues. By integrating smart tech and sustainable practices, Asani.io is setting a precedent for how cities worldwide can tackle their water woes innovatively.

Conclusion:

Ansab Naqvi's initiative is a beacon of hope in a city thirsty for change. Asani.io is not just addressing a basic need; it's reshaping how urban spaces interact with natural resources. This innovative journey is a leap towards a more sustainable and efficient urban future. Learn about Asani.io's transformative water solutions from Ansab Naqvi's inspiring speech here.
Muneeb
05 Feb 2024
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Introduction At a recent gathering, Mr. Adnan Jilani, CEO of AJ, shared his inspiring views on the evolution and potential of Pakistan's real estate sector. His speech, delivered with genuine passion, focused on the importance of inclusivity and technological advancement in the industry.

Bridging the Gap in Real Estate

Mr. Jilani began by expressing his delight at the progressive discussions taking place in Pakistan around real estate investment. He pointed out the challenges faced by developers in areas like DHA and Clifton, acknowledging the lack of government support. Drawing on his 32-year experience, he highlighted how real estate agents, often the unsung heroes, work tirelessly without receiving due recognition or rewards. He stressed that the times are changing, and with it, the traditional dynamics of the industry.

Empowering Agents Through Technology

Mr. Jilani praised the efforts of companies like Bin Ehsan and Kings Builders for their groundbreaking work, particularly in recognizing and empowering real estate agents. He discussed Landrack.pk's role in revolutionizing the sector through property tech, creating opportunities for agents previously overlooked by major builders and associations. The introduction of the property wallet, he explained, is a step towards building trust and providing support to the often-neglected segments of the industry.

Conclusion: A Tech Era for Real Estate

In conclusion, Mr. Jilani's speech at the event was a call to action for a more inclusive and technologically advanced real estate sector in Pakistan. His vision of a world where every stakeholder, especially the common real estate agent, is acknowledged and uplifted, resonates with the need for change in the industry. To hear more about Adnan Jilani's insights into transforming the real estate sector, watch his full speech here.
Muneeb
04 Feb 2024
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Introduction

Mr. Nadeem Nazeer, General Secretary of DEFCLAREA, recently addressed the need for innovation in construction at the Proptech & SmarTech Convention '23, organized by landtrack.pk. His speech emphasized the urgent requirement for modernization in the construction sector.

Revolutionizing the Construction Industry

Mr. Nazeer highlighted the necessity for a revolution in construction practices. He pointed out that outdated methods, like using old shuttering and mixer systems, still prevalent among builders, hinder efficiency. He urged for the adoption of modern techniques, like concrete mixers, which save time, money, and materials. Drawing inspiration from the advancements in countries like Malaysia and the UAE, Nazeer emphasized the potential for growth in Pakistan’s construction industry.

The Role of Youth and Technology

Emphasizing the importance of engaging young talent, Nazeer expressed concern over the emigration of skilled engineers and technical workers. He advocated for training and integrating young professionals into the construction sector, highlighting their potential to drive change. Additionally, he stressed the need to introduce new tools and technologies, particularly in areas like tile and marble cutting, to streamline processes and improve efficiency.

Conclusion

Mr. Nadeem Nazeer's speech at the Proptech Convention '23 at 17th Build Asia underscored the need for technological advancement and youth involvement in Pakistan's construction industry. His call to action serves as a catalyst for change, aiming to elevate the industry to global standards. To gain more insights into Mr. Nazeer's vision for revolutionizing construction, watch his full speech here.
Muneeb
03 Feb 2024
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At the recent Proptech & Smartech Convention '23, organized by Landtrack.pk, Mr. Iqbal Qureshi, CEO of Abdullah Builders, shared his inspiring journey in the construction industry. His speech was not just a narrative of his personal experiences but also a guiding light for aspiring builders and entrepreneurs.

A Journey of Determination

Mr. Qureshi began his career in the Pakistan Army, serving as a captain in the Corps of Engineers. After his retirement, he chose not to rest on his laurels but instead ventured into the construction industry. He emphasized the importance of thinking big and aiming high, especially for the youth. His philosophy of seizing opportunities and facing challenges head-on has been the cornerstone of his success

Embracing Technology in Construction

A key highlight of his speech was the importance of utilizing property technology in construction. Mr. Qureshi shared his experience of starting in Hyderabad with Abdullah Builders and how embracing innovative techniques like pre-cast construction was pivotal in their success. He emphasized that success in construction is not just about following traditional methods but also about being open to new technologies and ideas.

The Path to Success and the Future of Construction

Concluding his speech, Mr. Qureshi encouraged the audience to find their path and stay committed to it. He mentioned the development of structures like the Dolman Mall as an example of what can be achieved in Pakistan. His message was clear: with determination and the right approach, success is inevitable in the construction industry.

Conclusion

Mr. Iqbal Qureshi's journey from a military officer to a successful CEO in construction is a testament to the power of ambition and adaptation. His insights at the Proptech & Smartech Convention '23 offer valuable lessons for anyone looking to make their mark in the construction industry. To hear more about Mr. Iqbal Qureshi's journey and insights into the construction industry, watch his full speech at the Proptech & Smartech Convention '23 here.  
Atif Arafin
02 Feb 2024
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Introduction

In a riveting panel discussion at Proptech & SmarTech Convention '23, hosted by Ms. Maliha Abbas Zaidi, CEO of EcoSol SMC Pvt Ltd, featured different experts from diverse backgrounds converged to discuss the future of green architecture and sustainable urban development, including Mr. Farhan Anwar from Urban Collaborative, Ms. Ambreen Bilal, CEO Tre cycle, Mr. Bilal Khan Afridi, CEO Creative 3D Pvt Ltd, Ms. Buraq Shabbir, a culture and lifestyle journalist, and Ms. Wajiha Siddiqui from WM Creative Studio; each bringing unique perspectives to the table.

Reimagining Urban Spaces

Mr. Farhan Anwar led the discussion, emphasizing the need to rethink our approach to urban planning and building design in light of climate change. He discussed the importance of green architecture in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and creating climate-friendly cities. Complementing his views, Ms. Wajiha Siddiqui highlighted the role of innovative design in modern construction, focusing on how traditional and contemporary elements could be blended to create sustainable structures.

Technological Advancements and Sustainability

Mr. Bilal Khan Afridi brought attention to the role of technology in sustainable construction. He shed light on how advancements like 3D printing in construction could significantly reduce carbon footprints and water usage. In parallel, Ms. Ambreen Bilal spoke about the integration of waste management in green architecture. She stressed the importance of a circular economy, especially in developing countries, and the challenges in managing residential waste effectively.

Cultural Shifts and Environmental Awareness

Ms. Buraq Shabbir provided a cultural lens to the discussion, talking about the societal aspects of green architecture. She pointed out the slow pace of sustainable building integration in Pakistan but also noted a growing environmental consciousness among the younger generation. Her insights suggested a cultural shift towards sustainability, essential for implementing eco-friendly practices in construction and urban development.

Conclusion

The panel discussion, expertly moderated by Ms. Maliha Abbas Zaidi, marked a significant stride towards understanding and advocating for green architecture and sustainable urban practices. The collective insights of the panelists offer a roadmap for building more sustainable, environmentally responsible cities. Gain a deeper understanding of green architecture and sustainable urban development from the experts. Watch the full panel discussion here.
Atif Arafin
01 Feb 2024
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In a powerful address at the Proptech & Smartech Convention 23, Johar Iqbal, President of DEFCLAREA, presented a compelling vision for urban development in Karachi. His speech highlighted the significant role of youth in driving progress and addressed the pressing challenges in the city's real estate and urban planning sectors.

The Crucial Role of Youth in Urban Progress

Mr. Johar Iqbal pointed out the vital role of the younger generation in shaping Pakistan's future. He mentioned that focusing on youth development is necessary for the country's progress, as they are the key to innovation and change. He said,

"اگر ہم جوانوں پر توجہ دیتے ہیں تو ملک ترقی کرے گا؛ ورنہ، ہم بوڑھے لوگ، اس نقطے پر ملک کو کامیابی کی طرف نہیں لے جا سکتے۔"

His message highlighted the importance of nurturing and empowering young minds to develop them for the future.

Addressing the Challenges in Urban Planning

In his speech, Mr. Johar Iqbal talked about the complexities of urban development in Karachi. He highlighted the restrictive regulations and property limitations that creates challenges to the growth and development of the city. He mentioned that when Building Control Authority was formed, karachi generated 65% revenue for Pakistan. 500 maps can be passed, if Punjab is doing 271. This statement sheds light on the bureaucratic hurdles and inefficiencies choking the system.

A Call for Action and Improvement

Concluding his speech, Johar Iqbal made a powerful call to action. He urged leaders and community members to acknowledge and tackle the challenges in urban development head-on. By pointing out Karachi's iconic structures like the Habib Bank Plaza and the stalled construction projects, he emphasized the need for effective urban planning and development strategies. To hear all of Mr. Johar Iqbal's ideas, you can watch his full talk at the Proptech & Smartech Convention here.
Atif Arafin
31 Jan 2024
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At the prominent Proptech & Smartech Convention '23, organized by Landtrack.pk; Mr. Farhan Qaiser, the esteemed Director of the Sindh Building Control Authority (SBCA), shared his insights on the integration of property technology in urban development. Established in 1979, the SBCA has been at the forefront of regulating building standards in Karachi, ensuring safety and compliance. Mr. Qaiser highlighted the Authority's ongoing commitment to incorporating smart technology in building control, a step towards modernizing the architectural landscape of the city.

Fostering a Collaborative Environment

In his speech, Mr. Qaiser proudly emphasized the diverse team of engineers, technicians, and professionals working under one roof at the SBCA. He spoke about the importance of 'smartness' not just in technology but also in approach and operations. The SBCA, under his leadership, has been instrumental in adapting to newer, smarter technologies in property and building control. Mr. Qaiser also delved into the critical role of the Authority in shaping the city's skyline, through Chapter Five of the building and town planning regulations, which governs the design and technology of urban structures.

Encouraging Youth Participation

Perhaps the most heartwarming chapter of Mr. Qaiser's speech was his invitation to the youth. He saw in them the future of property technology, the bright minds that would carry his vision forward. His open arms to young professionals and innovators were not just welcoming gestures but a call to action for a new generation to contribute to the urban landscape of Karachi.

Conclusion

Mr. Farhan Qaiser's narrative at the Proptech & Smartech Convention is more than a vision; it's a roadmap for the future of urban development. His leadership at the SBCA is a beacon of hope for a city that continues to grow smarter and more sustainable by the day. To witness the full speech of Mr. Farhan Qaiser's innovative approach to building control and technology, watch his complete seminar speech at the Proptech & Smartech Convention here.
Atif Arafin
30 Jan 2024
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Diving into the dynamic landscape of real estate investment, the Proptech & SmarTech Convention '23 brought to light the booming sector of Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) in Pakistan. Mr. Muhammad Ejaz, CEO of Arif Habib Dolmen REIT, a trailblazer in REIT investing and a Titanium Sponsor of the event, shared his profound insights, especially valuable for those intrigued by real estate investing for beginners.

REITs vs. Traditional Real Estate

The discussion opened up with the essentials of REITs vs. real estate, clarifying how REITs offer an accessible path to investing in real estate markets without the need to buy physical property. This is particularly appealing for beginners looking for best REITs to invest in, including those interested in Pakistan's real estate market. Mr. Ejaz highlighted the list of REITs in Pakistan, pointing out opportunities for achieving up to 23% annual returns through strategic investments in REIT companies in Pakistan.

A Beginner's Guide to Profitable REIT Investing

Emphasizing the importance of understanding how do REITs work, Mr. Ejaz's insights served as a Beginner's Guide to REIT, outlining not just the opportunities but also the nuances and regulatory frameworks critical to navigating this investment landscape successfully. He discussed REIT development in Pakistan, comparing it to global trends in places like the Philippines and India, where REITs investing is also gaining momentum.

The Perks of REITs

The session also touched upon the benefits of REITs that pay monthly dividends, offering a steady income stream for investors. This aspect of REIT investing makes it an attractive option for those looking to diversify their portfolio beyond traditional stocks and bonds.

Conclusion: Unlocking REIT Investment Opportunities

In conclusion, Mr. Ejaz's talk at the Proptech & SmarTech Convention '23 provided a comprehensive overview for anyone interested in investing in Pakistan's real estate market through REITs. His expertise underscored the potential for real estate investment trust in Pakistan to offer significant returns, making it a lucrative option for investors at all levels, from beginners to seasoned professionals. To delve deeper into REITs and gather more insights from Mr. Muhammad Ejaz, CEO of Arif Habib Dolmen REIT, watching the full speech is highly recommended for anyone looking to make informed decisions in this lucrative yet challenging investment arena.
Atif Arafin
29 Jan 2024
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At the Proptech & Smartech Convention '23, organized by Landtrack.pk Mr. Amanullah Panjwani, CEO of the Panjwani Institute of Business Studies and Technology (PIBSAT), shared his groundbreaking vision for transforming Pakistan's educational landscape. His insights shed light on a crucial shift needed in the current education system, one that aligns more closely with industry requirements.

Addressing the Educational Gap

Highlighting the disparity between academic curriculum and industry demands, Mr. Panjwani noted,
"Our education system, especially in real estate and business, heavily relies on outdated theoretical knowledge. It's time we bridge this gap with practical skills that truly prepare our youth for the future."
This call for reform is rooted in the challenges faced by graduates who struggle to find employment despite advanced degrees.

A New Approach to Vocational Training

Highlighting the importance of practical skills, Mr. Panjwani stressed the need for vocational training programs right after matriculation. Such programs, he believes, should be designed to make individuals industry-ready within a short period, focusing on practical skills rather than theoretical knowledge. This approach would not only bridge the gap between education and industry demands but also empower young individuals to enter the workforce earlier, easing the burden on their families.

Preparing for the Future

Reflecting on the current challenges, Mr. Panjwani's conviction is clear: Pakistan's future lies in a revamped educational approach, one that prioritizes vocational training and practical skills. By aligning education with the real demands of the job market, Pakistan can prepare its youth for a more prosperous future.

Conclusion

Mr. Amanullah Panjwani's speech at the Proptech & Smartech Convention '23 serves as a call to action for educational reform in Pakistan. His vision for a practical, skills-focused educational system offers a promising pathway for the nation's youth, ensuring they are well-equipped for the demands of the modern world. To delve deeper into Mr. Amanullah Panjwani's insightful approach to education, watch his full speech at the Proptech & Smartech Convention '23 here.
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28 Jan 2024
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At a key session during the Proptech & Smartech Convention '23, Brig. Hasan Raza of Emaar Pakistan delivered a comprehensive speech on the Mal Expressway project and its impact on Karachi's urban landscape. His experience and affiliation with the project provided a unique perspective on the city's developmental challenges and potential solutions.

The Genesis of Mal Expressway:

Initiating the talk, Brig. Raza extended his appreciation to the event organizers and delved into the history of the Mal Expressway, a project with deep roots yet unmaterialized potential. He recalled Karachi's transformation from a small fishing hamlet to a bustling metropolis, thanks to its strategic location and British colonial influence. Emphasizing Karachi's growth from the capital city to the industrial hub of Pakistan, he pointed out the challenges of unstructured growth and the resulting transportation nightmares.

Urban Challenges and the Need for Strategic Planning:

Transitioning to the present, Brig. Raza highlighted the urgent need for structured urban expansion to manage Karachi's growing population and housing shortage. He cited the JAICA report from 2012, which predicted Karachi becoming one of the world's most populous cities by 2030, to underline the critical need for well-planned suburban development and efficient transportation linkages like the Mal Expressway.

Conclusion:

In conclusion, Brig. Hasan Raza's speech at the convention shed light on the crucial role of strategic infrastructure projects like the Mal Expressway in addressing Karachi's urban challenges. His insights underscore the importance of visionary planning and execution to ensure sustainable and efficient urban growth in one of Pakistan's most significant cities.

For a detailed understanding of Brig. Hasan Raza's vision for Karachi's urban development and the Mal Expressway project, watch his full speech here.

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25 Jan 2024
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Mr. Kamran Basit, CEO of Indus Technology Solutions, at Proptech & SmarTech Conevntion '23 opened his speech by acknowledging the rapid technological advancements and the accompanying challenges facing humanity. He emphasized the crucial role of the construction industry in shaping the future. Pointing out that the industry stands on the brink of a new era, he underlined the importance of how today's decisions will define tomorrow's construction landscape.

Industry Overview and Challenges:

Moreover, Mr. Kamran provided a comprehensive overview of the global construction industry, valued at over 10 trillion USD. He noted that this industry, accounting for 13% of the global GDP, is one of the largest yet least digitized sectors. Interestingly, despite its size and impact, the industry faces significant issues like poor productivity, data silos, workforce challenges, and slow technology adoption. This insight draws attention to the necessity for a digital transformation in construction.

Operational Dynamics and the Path Forward:

Transitioning further, Mr. Kamran delved into the operational dynamics of the construction industry. He described how different phases like design, build, and management operate in data silos, leading to inefficiencies. Pointing out the disconnection between these phases, he stressed the need for an integrated approach to project management. Consequently, this integration is vital for enhancing the lifecycle cost efficiency of projects.

Technology as a Catalyst for Change:

Lastly, Mr. Kamran advocated for embracing technological solutions to revitalize the construction industry. He proposed the adoption of a unified operating system to streamline data flow and project management. Highlighting the role of digital tools like Oracle and Emerson, he emphasized that technological advancements are not just a necessity but a critical solution for future challenges in construction.

Conclusion

In conclusion, Mr. Kamran Basit emphasizes the urgent need for embracing digital transformation within the construction sector. By highlighting the necessity of integrating advanced technologies and advocating for a more unified operational approach, Mr. Kamran sets a clear path for the industry's future. His vision not only addresses current challenges but also charts a course for sustainable growth and efficiency, making it evident that the construction industry's evolution is not just a possibility, but an imperative in the face of rapid global changes.


For an in-depth understanding of Mr. Kamran's vision for the future of the construction industry, watch his full speech here.

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25 Jan 2024
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The recent Proptech & Smartech Convention hosted a panel discussion that was nothing short of enlightening, featuring two prominent figures in the field of sustainable architecture: Architect Purnia Farrukh from Design Studio Itereate and Mr. Faheem Rao from Innovative Coatings. The focus was on the use of local and environmentally safe materials in construction projects, a topic of increasing relevance in today's rapidly changing world.

Emphasizing the Use of Sustainable Materials

The session, led by marketing director and lead interior designer Hananim, dove straight into the importance of selecting the right building materials. Architect Farrukh, with her expertise in creative design, highlighted the studio's commitment to environmentally conscious choices. She urged industry leaders to support and inspire young architects and designers in making these sustainable choices, emphasizing that even small-scale initiatives can have a significant impact.

Local Solutions, Global Impact

Mr. Faheem Rao, representing Innovative Coatings, brought a practical viewpoint, focusing on locally manufactured construction chemicals and decorative finishes. His work, lauded by Architect Farrukh, exemplifies the power of local solutions in achieving global sustainability goals. The discussion showcased various projects by Design Studio Itereate, using materials like port concrete and sustainable textures supplied by Innovative Coatings, illustrating how locally sourced materials can create striking, youth-friendly spaces.

The Responsibility of Material Selection

Both panelists agreed on the civic responsibility of architects, builders, and designers in choosing environmentally friendly materials. They emphasized the need for conscious and responsible material selection, underscoring its role in mitigating urban heat effects, supporting local economies, and crafting innovative, sustainable designs.

Conclusion

This panel discussion at the Proptech & Smartech Convention shed valuable light on the importance of sustainable material selection in architecture. It underlined the responsibility of professionals in the field to make environmentally conscious decisions, thereby contributing to a healthier and more sustainable future. The insights shared by Architect Farrukh and Mr. Rao are crucial for anyone in the industry aiming to make a positive impact.

To delve deeper into the insightful conversation on sustainable architecture, watch the full panel discussion here

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27 Jan 2024
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At the Proptech & Smartech Convention '23, Asad Shah from Emaar Pakistan delivered an inspiring presentation on the company's commitment to sustainable and environmentally friendly practices. His speech, rich in detail and vision, highlighted Emaar's innovative strategies in sustainable development, setting a new standard in the real estate industry.

Embracing Sustainability in Real Estate

Asad Shah began his talk by emphasizing Emaar Pakistan's focus on water treatment and efficient sewage systems. This initiative not only supports sustainable water management but also contributes to greener communities. Remarkably, Emaar has dedicated a third of its land to green spaces, a testament to their commitment to environmental stewardship. He also touched upon the ongoing construction of three towers – Views Tower 1, 2, and Panorama Tower – where safety and labor welfare are prioritized, showcasing Emaar’s dedication to ethical construction practices.

Innovative Features for a Sustainable Future

Diving deeper,Asad Shah explained Emaar's advanced safety and waste management systems. The installation of gas detectors in apartments is a standout feature, enhancing resident safety by automatically shutting off gas supply in case of a leak. Furthermore, the implementation of a solid waste management system, with separate chutes for recyclables, reflects Emaar's commitment to reducing environmental impact. He also mentioned Emaar's efforts in maintaining clean beaches, protecting marine life, and implementing energy-saving measures like VRF system plants and sensor-based lighting in corridors.

Conclusion

Concluding the presentation, Christina from Emaar Karachi highlighted the broader implications of these green initiatives. She emphasized the importance of balancing profitability with societal and environmental contributions, showcasing Emaar's role as a leader in sustainable development in Pakistan. Emaar's approach not only enhances the well-being of its communities but also fosters a positive image, setting a benchmark for responsible real estate development.


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26 Jan 2024
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Opening Doors to Collaboration

At the Proptech & Smartech Convention '23, Asif Mirza Managing Partner at IQ CAPITAL PLUS, brought a refreshing perspective to the stage. His talk, layered with optimism, shed light on how Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) could revolutionize Pakistan's housing sector. He began by setting the stage for a narrative where collaboration and innovation are key.

Bridging Gaps with PPPs

Mirza's approach was straightforward yet engaging. He explained how PPPs could bridge the financial gaps in housing development, turning challenges into opportunities. The idea was simple: when private enterprises join forces with the public sector, they bring in much-needed funds and expertise. This collaboration, he suggested, would lead to faster, more efficient project completion.

A Tailored Blueprint for Success

Next, Mirza outlined a model specifically designed for Pakistan. In this model, the private sector plays a pivotal role by contributing land and a portion of the funding. He also highlighted attractive incentives like tax exemptions and discounts on commercial properties. This approach isn't just about constructing buildings; it's about building communities and sustainable living spaces.

Looking Forward

As the session wrapped up, Mirza's message was clear: the path to transforming Pakistan's housing sector lies in teamwork and innovative thinking. His talk was more than just ideas; it was a call to action for a collaborative and bright future in real estate.

To delve deeper into this collaborative vision for housing, watch Asif Haider Mirza's full talk at the Proptech & Smartech Convention '23 here.

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25 Jan 2024
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At the forefront of technological innovation in real estate, Engineer Rizwan Ali, from Bahria University recently shared his valuable insights at the Proptech & Smartech Convention '23. With a specialized focus on building energy simulations in the UK, Eng. Ali delves into the transformative role of AI and machine learning in the real estate sector.
Exploring AI and Machine Learning in Real Estate
Engineer Ali’s presentation highlighted the extensive applications of AI and machine learning in real estate, ranging from predictive analysis and automated property valuations to proactive property maintenance and energy management. He emphasized the importance of these technologies in addressing the unique challenges of the Pakistani market, such as technical infrastructure changes, digital literacy gaps, and the prevalence of unregulated brokers. By leveraging AI, these challenges can be transformed into opportunities for growth, expansion, and more ethical practices.
Legalities and Software Innovations
Furthermore, Eng. Ali stressed the significance of considering legalities when implementing such technologies. He introduced various AI and machine learning software applications, which are revolutionizing the industry globally. These include tools for efficient energy management in building designs, blockchain for smart contract facilitation, and AI-powered customer services, which are critical for the dynamic and expanding real estate market in Pakistan.

Conclusion

Engineer Rizwan Ali's insights at the Proptech & Smartech Convention '23 are a testament to the transformative power of technology in real estate. His presentation not only offered a deep dive into the current and potential applications of AI and machine learning in the industry but also addressed the challenges and opportunities specific to the Pakistani market. As the real estate sector continues to evolve, embracing these technologies is not just beneficial but essential for sustainable growth and innovation. Dive into the details of how AI and machine learning are shaping the future of real estate. Watch His full speech here
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23 Jan 2024
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In the heart of Pakistan's growing real estate scene, a powerful but often overlooked player is emerging – Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs). A recent chat at the Proptech & SmarTech Convention, featuring experts like Mr. Raheel Rinch, Director of Aman Builders & Developers, Mr. Muhammad Ejaz, CEO Arif Habib Dolmen REIT, Mr. Ali Asgher, CEO TPL RMC and Mr. Ahsan Jabbar from AJ Ventures, shed light on this hidden gem. While REITs have been around in Pakistan for over ten years, progress has been slow, facing challenges like confusing rules and a lack of trust among investors.

 

Government, Rules, and Trust: Keys to Success

The experts agreed on the crucial role of government and rules in creating a good environment for REITs. They stressed the need for clear rules from the federal, provincial, and local governments, especially in areas like taxes and land duties. The experts also talked about how being open and honest in real estate dealings is vital to build trust. Trust is crucial because it lays the foundation for getting local and foreign investors interested in the sector.

Learning from Other Countries

Looking at successful REITs in countries like Australia, the USA, and the GCC, the experts talked about how Pakistan can follow their lead. They emphasized how REITs can transform the real estate landscape in Pakistan by providing housing solutions and encouraging vertical development. But, they said, for this to work, people in Pakistan need to change how they think about making money and investing. Mr. Ejaz suggested that creating a system that makes it easy to invest will benefit everyone and bring new life to the real estate sector.

Future Challenges and Chances

Despite the challenges, the future for REITs in Pakistan looks bright. The conversation shifted to the big opportunity in changing people's wrong ideas about real estate and bringing in more investors. With a shortage of houses in Pakistan, the experts believe that REITs can lead a real estate revolution. They shared a positive message, saying that with the right support from the government, trust from investors, and learning from other countries, Pakistan's real estate industry could see amazing growth.

Conclusion

To sum it up, the Proptech & Smartech Convention experts not only pointed out the problems in Pakistan's real estate but also showed a way forward. By fixing the rules, building trust, and learning from the best, Pakistan can make REITs a key part of its real estate growth.

To get more In-depth insights from the panel, make sure to Watch the full panel discussion here.

 

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20 Jan 2024
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The dynamic panel discussion at a recent real estate convention, moderated by Ms. Sarwat Nasim Shah, MD of Zaamin Builders, brought to light the evolving role of women in the real estate industry. The panel featured prominent figures like Ms. Samar Godil, a Realtor from New Jersey, USA, Ms. Rashida Soni, General Manager at Abdullah Builders & Developers, Ms. Marium Madhupurwala, CEO of Cloud9 Investments, and Ms. Kritika Singh Rawat, CEO of Realty NXT India. They shared their invaluable insights on the unique challenges and opportunities for women in this traditionally male-dominated field.

Challenging Myths and Stereotypes:

The discussion opened with an exploration of the common myths that have historically kept women from thriving in the real estate sector. Panelists like Ms. Rashida Soni and Ms. Samar Godil debunked these stereotypes, highlighting the advantages women bring to the industry, such as empathy, attention to detail, and strong negotiation skills. Their experiences underscored the importance of challenging these misconceptions to pave the way for more women in the field.

From Corporate to Real Estate:

Several panelists shared their journey of transitioning from corporate careers to real estate, a move that, while challenging, proved to be rewarding. Ms. Marium Madhupurwala spoke about the empowerment and satisfaction derived from making a mark in real estate, emphasizing the need for women to boldly take up space in this industry. Ms. Kritika Singh Rawat echoed this sentiment, discussing the unique challenges and rewards associated with being a woman in real estate.

Technology and Untapped Opportunities:

The conversation also delved into the role of technology in transforming the real estate landscape, particularly for women. The panelists discussed how technological advancements have leveled the playing field, offering new opportunities for women to excel. They highlighted areas in both regulated and unregulated markets where women can make significant contributions, leveraging technology to their advantage.

Conclusion:

The panel concluded on a note of empowerment, with each speaker calling for a positive change in the industry’s perception of women's roles. They emphasized the increasing presence and impact of women in real estate, advocating for more inclusion and diversity. This discussion not only shed light on the challenges women face but also celebrated their achievements and potential in reshaping the real estate industry.

For more detailed insights and engaging conversations from these inspiring women leaders, be sure to watch the full video of the panel discussion.

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20 Jan 2024
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Introduction

A panel discussion titled "Educating for Smart, Safe & Sustainable Real Estate Development", at the Proptech & SmarTech Convention '23, brought together esteemed experts like Mr. Ejaz Muhammad, CEO of Arif Habib Dolmen REIT Management Limited, Mr. Ar.Muhammad Arif Changezi, Chairman of PCATP - Pakistan Council of Architects and Town Planners, Mr. Hasan Bakshi, former Chairman of Association of Builders And Developers of Pakistan (ABAD), and Dr. Saeed Uddin, Associate Professor, Dept. of Architecture & Planning at NED University of Engineering and Technology. They discussed the challenges and opportunities in shaping sustainable urban landscapes in Pakistan's rapidly evolving cities.

Urbanization and Its Challenges:

The panelists discussed the significant urbanization expected in Pakistan by 2030, with 50% of the population residing in urban areas, rising from the current 36%. This shift, primarily driven by rural-to-urban migration, presents complex challenges in infrastructure and housing. Mr. Muhammad Ejaz emphasized the need for robust public transportation systems to accommodate growing city sizes and distances. Mr. Arif Changezi highlighted the current housing scenario in Karachi, where 60% of the population lives in informal settlements, underlining the urgency for planned housing solutions.

Social and Environmental Considerations:

As cities grow, the panelists stressed the importance of addressing the social dimensions of urban development. The discussion, steered by Dr. Saeed Uddin, touched upon the emergence of more pluralistic societies with diverse backgrounds and the need for inclusive city planning. Climate change was identified as a significant threat, with the panelists agreeing on the necessity to integrate sustainable and eco-friendly practices into real estate development. The gender shift in the job market, especially the increasing participation of women, was also a topic of discussion, pointing towards the need for gender-inclusive urban planning.

Educating for a Sustainable Future:

The panel concluded with a focus on education and regulation in the field of architecture and planning, crucial for guiding the future of sustainable real estate development. The experts called for educational reforms that align with the changing dynamics of urban development, emphasizing the role of institutions in preparing future professionals to meet these evolving challenges.

This panel at the Proptech & Smartech Convention '23 highlighted the critical aspects of preparing for a future where real estate development is not only about building spaces but creating sustainable, inclusive, and smart urban ecosystems. The insights from these experts pave the way for a more informed approach towards urban development in Pakistan.

For more detailed insights and engaging conversations from these inspiring leaders, be sure to watch the full video of the panel discussion.

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20 Jan 2024
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At the Proptech & Smartech Convention '23, an enlightening speech was delivered by Mr. Yang Yundong, the esteemed Consul General of China. Addressing a diverse audience at the Karachi Expo Center, Mr. Yundong's speech not only celebrated the historical ties between China and Pakistan but also outlined the future of this robust partnership, especially in the realm of smart and sustainable real estate development.

Celebrating Historical Achievements and Cultural Heritage:

Mr. Yundong began his address by acknowledging the crucial role that building and architecture have played throughout history, meeting various human needs and reflecting the progress of civilizations. He cited examples of Chinese architectural marvels, like the Great Wall and the Forbidden City, as testaments to this legacy. These historical achievements, paralleled by Pakistan's own rich architectural heritage, underscore a shared commitment to preserving culture while advancing societal needs.

China’s Modern Architectural Miracles and BRI Initiatives:

Emphasizing the transformative power of modern technology and social patterns, Mr. Yundong showcased China’s remarkable urban and infrastructural growth. He highlighted China's economic miracle, evident in its skyscrapers, high-speed rail networks, and mega projects like the Three Gorges Dam and Beijing International Airport. The speech also delved into the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a visionary project aimed at enhancing global connectivity, which has significantly contributed to infrastructure development across various nations

China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) – A Path to Shared Prosperity:

A focal point of Mr. Yundong's speech was the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a flagship project under the BRI. He detailed the CPEC's impact on infrastructure development, including transportation projects that have dramatically reduced commute times and the creation of Pakistan's first metro line. These developments symbolize the corridor's potential to unlock regional growth and prosperity. As the CPEC enters its tenth year, Mr. Yundong envisioned an upgraded corridor focusing on growth, livelihood, innovation, greenness, and openness.

Mr. Yang Yundong's address at the Proptech & SmarTech Convention '23 not only reinforced the strong bilateral ties between China and Pakistan but also highlighted the vital role of the CPEC in shaping a shared future for both nations. His speech left the audience with a sense of optimism about the potential for sustainable development and stronger cooperation in the years to come. For more in-depth insights from the speech, don't forget to watch the full video here.

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20 Jan 2024
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The Consul General of UAE, H.E. Mr. Bakheet Ateeq Al-Rumeithi's Address at Proptech & SmarTech Convention '23

Embracing Pakistani Brands:

At the Proptech & Smartech Convention '23, Mr. Bakheet Ateeq Al-Rumeithi highlighted the UAE's support for Pakistani businesses. Speaking at the Karachi Expo Center, notably, he stressed the importance of governmental backing for these brands, underlining a message of solidarity and potential growth.

Economic Optimism and Development:

Furthermore, Mr. Al-Rumeithi noted the positive trajectory of Pakistan's economy, driven by the spirit and motivation of its people. He emphasized that companies, including the event's sponsors, are key to leading Pakistan's economic advancement.

UAE's Commitment to Partnership:

Moreover, the UAE's commitment to fostering economic growth in Pakistan was a cornerstone of Mr. Al-Rumeithi's address. He spoke of the UAE's open doors for Pakistani enterprises, encouraging more companies to step forward and seize the opportunities for collaboration.

Conclusion:

In conclusion, Mr. Al-Rumeithi's speech at the convention is a testament to the growing economic relationship between Pakistan and the UAE. His insights offer a roadmap for future collaboration, clearly underlining the potential for increased trade and business partnerships. To fully grasp his vision for this bilateral economic journey, view his entire speech here.  

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20 Jan 2024
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Introduction

Kicking off the dialogue at the recent real estate event, Mr. Asif Sumsum, Chairman of ABAD, addressed the audience with a message of collaboration and revitalization. His speech shed light on ABAD's unique approach to real estate development in Karachi, highlighting the importance of cooperation within the sector and the role of governmental support.

ABAD’s Unique Role in Real Estate:

Diving deeper, Mr. Asif emphasized ABAD’s distinct identity in the real estate sector. Their strategy goes beyond constructing developments; ABAD collaborates extensively with other builders and developers, making a significant contribution to Karachi's evolving landscape.

Support and Vision for Karachi:

Additionally, Mr. Asif expressed gratitude towards Governor Sindh Kamran Khan Tessori for his support of Karachi and the real estate sector. He conveyed his belief that with continued support, the challenges faced over the past 15 years could see a substantial decrease within the next five. This optimistic outlook highlights the importance of governmental backing in transforming the city's real estate landscape.

Gratitude and Commitment to Revitalization:

In addition, Mr. Asif acknowledged the contributions of Dr. Bakheet, the Consul General of the UAE, and Mirza Ikhtiyar Baig Sahib for their ongoing support. His speech extended thanks to all participants and organizers of the event, emphasizing their presence in boosting morale.

Conclusion

Concluding, Mr. Asif reiterated ABAD's commitment to revitalizing the real estate sector, underscoring the collective efforts for revival and progress.

To gain a fuller perspective on Mr. Asif Sumsum's valuable insights and their impact on Real Estate Revitalization, view the entire speech from the convention here.

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20 Jan 2024
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On Tuesday, 28th November 2023, Kicking off the conversation at the Proptech & Smartech Convention '23, Mr. Kamran Khan Tessori, Governor of Sindh, shared his comprehensive vision for the future of technology and real estate.

The Role of Real Estate in Urban Development:

Expanding on his vision, Mr. Kamran emphasized the critical role of the real estate sector in shaping urban environments. He noted that beyond merely constructing buildings, real estate development plays a pivotal role in urban planning, community building, and environmental sustainability. Clearly, the sector's impact extends far beyond the confines of property lines.

Embracing Technological Innovations:

Moving forward, Mr. Kamran highlighted the rapid advancements in the field, underscoring the importance of integrating cutting-edge technology in real estate practices. Moreover, he stressed that embracing these innovations is crucial for staying competitive in the market. Indeed, adapting to technological changes is essential for growth and sustainability in the sector.

The Impact on Real Estate and Economy:

Additionally, Mr. Kamran pointed out the ripple effects of these technological integrations on the broader economy. He elaborated on how the real estate sector, powered by technology, can act as a catalyst for economic development, driving growth and creating new opportunities. Significantly, his insights offered a roadmap for businesses and entrepreneurs navigating the challenges and opportunities of the digital era.

Conclusion

In conclusion, Mr. Kamran's speech at the convention painted a vivid picture of a future where technology and real estate intersect to create dynamic and prosperous urban spaces. His vision sets a benchmark for innovation and collaboration in the industry.


For a more in-depth understanding of Mr. Kamran's perspectives and the broader implications for the real estate sector, be sure to watch his full speech at the convention here.

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20 Jan 2024
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Initially, Dr. Fiaz Ahmad Chaudhry, Director at LUMS Energy Institute, addressed a critical aspect of the power system's relationship with buildings at the Proptech & SmarTech Convention '23.

Energy Systems and Building Impact:

He emphasized the interconnectedness of generators, transmission systems, and loads, with a special focus on how buildings significantly impact power system loads. Explaining further, Dr. Chaudhry revealed how modern structures contribute to the complexities of power demand and supply, especially in urban settings.

Challenges in Power Supply and Demand:

Moreover, Dr. Chaudhry delved into the intricacies of power supply mechanisms and demand management. He pointed out the lack of proper planning in the sector, leading to inefficiencies and financial burdens. Notably, he discussed how the existing infrastructure, though extensive, often fails to meet fluctuating demand effectively, especially during peak hours. This discrepancy highlights the need for more strategic and evidence-based decision-making in the power industry.

Sustainable Solutions and Efficiency:

Transitioning to solutions, Dr. Chaudhry advocated for structuring the power sector to improve sustainability and efficiency. He suggested adopting innovative approaches to building design and energy use, arguing that this could lead to significant energy savings and a reduction in the overall demand on the power grid. This approach not only benefits the power sector but also promotes environmental sustainability and cost-effectiveness.

Conclusion

Furthermore, Dr. Chaudhry emphasized the role of building design in the increasing energy demand. He highlighted that inefficient buildings, especially those with poor insulation, contribute substantially to the peak load, particularly for cooling purposes. Stressing the importance of efficient building designs, he suggested that adopting better construction methodologies and materials could drastically reduce energy consumption, thereby alleviating the stress on the power grid.


For a comprehensive understanding of Dr. Chaudhry's insights into the power system and building dynamics, watch the full discussion here.

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20 Jan 2024
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Mr. Amer Saleem Qureshi, the former CEO of CBRE Pakistan, shared his expertise on future-proofing investments in the real estate sector, at the Proptech & SmarTech Convention '23. His speech focused on integrating facilities management into the built environment and how technology plays a pivotal role in ensuring the longevity and relevance of real estate developments.

The Interplay of Technology and Real Estate:

Starting off, Mr. Qureshi highlighted the importance of anticipating future needs in today's real estate developments. He pointed out that integrating advanced technology and equipment is not just about immediate benefits but about sustaining value over decades. Moreover, his approach to future-proofing isn't just a short-term vision; it's a journey beyond the next decade, focusing on how operational aspects can enhance real estate investments.

Adopting Sustainable Practices for Long-term Benefits:

Additionally, Mr. Qureshi discussed the impact of sustainable practices in facilities management. He advocated for adopting energy-efficient and environmentally friendly practices, not just for cost savings but also for their long-term benefits to the building's lifecycle. This approach is crucial for reducing operational costs and ensuring the longevity of the investment.

Conclusion

In conclusion, Amer Saleem Qureshi's insights provide a valuable perspective on future-proofing real estate investments. His focus on integrating technology, facilities management, and sustainability offers a comprehensive roadmap for ensuring operational continuity in the real estate sector.

For a deeper dive into Mr. Qureshi's valuable insights and detailed strategies for future-proofing real estate investments, watch his full speech here.

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20 Jan 2024
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Introduction:

At the Proptech & SmarTech Convention '23, Mr. Shehryar Rana from the Ravi Urban Development Authority (RUDA) took the stage to share his insights on the transformative Ravi Riverfront Project. His address at the Proptech & SmarTech Convention focused on how RUDA is incorporating innovative Proptech solutions to shape a sustainable urban future in Punjab.

A Vision for Sustainable Urban Living:

Kicking off his address, Mr. Rana detailed RUDA's commitment to redefining Urban Development. He emphasized the blending of modern comforts with environmental care, aiming to create a model urban space. Importantly, Mr. Rana's discussion centered on Ravi City, envisioned to house millions, embodying a blend of innovation and sustainability.

Innovation at the Forefront of Urban Planning:

Transitioning to technology, Mr. Rana highlighted RUDA's initiatives in integrating smart city features like IoT solutions and smart grid systems into urban infrastructure. This includes a focus on enhancing the project's efficiency and responsiveness to urban needs. Furthermore, he underscored the importance of robust infrastructure, including advanced highways and transportation networks, to support growing populations.

Sustainable Practices and Digital Solutions:

Moreover, Mr. Rana elaborated on RUDA's focus on eco-friendly practices in architectural designs and urban planning. He pointed out the incorporation of green spaces, rainwater harvesting, and energy-efficient buildings, emphasizing their role in creating a balanced urban environment. Additionally, Mr. Rana discussed the deployment of digital solutions for challenges like smart parking and public transportation tracking, improving residents' quality of life.

 

Conclusion:

In his concluding remarks, Mr. Shehryar Rana from RUDA encapsulated the transformative vision of the Ravi Riverfront project. Emphasizing the future as 'now', he presented the Ravi City as an embodiment of modern, inclusive, and environmentally conscious urban living. His commitment to integrating smart technologies, sustainable practices, and community-centric development is not just a blueprint for the Ravi Riverfront but a model for future urban developments globally.

For detailed understanding of Mr. Rana's vision and the groundbreaking work being done at RUDA, watch the full speech here.

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20 Jan 2024
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At the Proptech & Smartech Convention '23, Mr. Arshad Awan, CEO of Homy Properties, offered insightful perspectives on the burgeoning field of Proptech in Pakistan. With over 20 years of real estate experience, including significant time in Saudi Arabia, Mr. Awan's discussion highlighted the potential and necessity for technological advancement in Pakistan's real estate sector.

Proptech in Pakistan: A Global Context:

Mr. Arshad Awan began by comparing the Proptech developments in Pakistan with those in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia, and India, noting Pakistan's relatively slow adoption. He emphasized Pakistan's position as the fifth most populous country globally and pointed out the mismatch between this demographic potential and the current state of Proptech in the country.

Leveraging Youth and Technology:

Mr. Awan then shifted focus to Pakistan's youth, emphasizing their crucial role in the real estate sector's future. With a high global ranking in freelancing, he suggested that this demographic could significantly contribute to the real estate market, especially in Proptech. He stressed that technology-based real estate projects are more likely to gain investor trust compared to traditional models.

The Need for Proptech Adoption:

In his concluding remarks, Mr. Awan underlined the importance of adopting Proptech in Pakistan's real estate market. He identified four key players in this transition: genuine buyers/users, realtors, developers, and the government. He argued that embracing PropTech is essential for building investor trust and ensuring the sector's growth.

 Conclusion:

In conclusion, Mr. Arshad Awan's presentation at the Proptech & Smartech Convention '23 serves as a vital call to action for Pakistan's real estate sector. His insights highlight the urgent need for PropTech adoption to leverage the country's youth potential and meet the demands of a burgeoning population. Emphasizing the shift towards technology-based real estate solutions, Mr. Awan's vision sets the course for a more innovative, trustworthy, and dynamic real estate market in Pakistan.
For a comprehensive understanding of Mr. Arshad Awan's insights into the Proptech Revolution, watch his full speech here.
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20 Jan 2024
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Operational Continuity and Strategic Planning:

Transitioning to operations, Mr. Qureshi, with his extensive experience in facilities management, emphasized the significance of this aspect in real estate. He explained that proper management goes beyond basic maintenance; it's about enhancing the property's value and functionality over time. Furthermore, he stressed the need for strategic planning and adopting a holistic view of property management, encompassing real estate and project management as interdependent faculties.

Adopting Sustainable Practices for Long-term Benefits:

Additionally, Mr. Qureshi discussed the impact of sustainable practices in facilities management. He advocated for adopting energy-efficient and environmentally friendly practices, not just for cost savings but also for their long-term benefits to the building's lifecycle. This approach is crucial for reducing operational costs and ensuring the longevity of the investment.

Conclusion

In conclusion, Amer Saleem Qureshi's insights provide a valuable perspective on future-proofing real estate investments. His focus on integrating technology, facilities management, and sustainability offers a comprehensive roadmap for ensuring operational continuity in the real estate sector.

For a deeper dive into Mr. Qureshi's valuable insights and detailed strategies for future-proofing real estate investments, watch his full speech here.

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20 Jan 2024
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Introduction:

At the Proptech & SmarTech Convention '23, Mr. Shehryar Rana from the Ravi Urban Development Authority (RUDA) took the stage to share his insights on the transformative Ravi Riverfront Project. His address at the Proptech & SmarTech Convention focused on how RUDA is incorporating innovative Proptech solutions to shape a sustainable urban future in Punjab.

A Vision for Sustainable Urban Living:

Kicking off his address, Mr. Rana detailed RUDA's commitment to redefining Urban Development. He emphasized the blending of modern comforts with environmental care, aiming to create a model urban space. Importantly, Mr. Rana's discussion centered on Ravi City, envisioned to house millions, embodying a blend of innovation and sustainability.

Innovation at the Forefront of Urban Planning:

Transitioning to technology, Mr. Rana highlighted RUDA's initiatives in integrating smart city features like IoT solutions and smart grid systems into urban infrastructure. This includes a focus on enhancing the project's efficiency and responsiveness to urban needs. Furthermore, he underscored the importance of robust infrastructure, including advanced highways and transportation networks, to support growing populations.

Sustainable Practices and Digital Solutions:

Moreover, Mr. Rana elaborated on RUDA's focus on eco-friendly practices in architectural designs and urban planning. He pointed out the incorporation of green spaces, rainwater harvesting, and energy-efficient buildings, emphasizing their role in creating a balanced urban environment. Additionally, Mr. Rana discussed the deployment of digital solutions for challenges like smart parking and public transportation tracking, improving residents' quality of life.

 

Conclusion:

In his concluding remarks, Mr. Shehryar Rana from RUDA encapsulated the transformative vision of the Ravi Riverfront project. Emphasizing the future as 'now', he presented the Ravi City as an embodiment of modern, inclusive, and environmentally conscious urban living. His commitment to integrating smart technologies, sustainable practices, and community-centric development is not just a blueprint for the Ravi Riverfront but a model for future urban developments globally.

For detailed understanding of Mr. Rana's vision and the groundbreaking work being done at RUDA, watch the full speech here.

Atif Arafin
20 Jan 2024
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At the Proptech & Smartech Convention '23, Mr. Arshad Awan, CEO of Homy Properties, offered insightful perspectives on the burgeoning field of Proptech in Pakistan. With over 20 years of real estate experience, including significant time in Saudi Arabia, Mr. Awan's discussion highlighted the potential and necessity for technological advancement in Pakistan's real estate sector.

Proptech in Pakistan: A Global Context:

Mr. Arshad Awan began by comparing the Proptech developments in Pakistan with those in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia, and India, noting Pakistan's relatively slow adoption. He emphasized Pakistan's position as the fifth most populous country globally and pointed out the mismatch between this demographic potential and the current state of Proptech in the country.

Leveraging Youth and Technology:

Mr. Awan then shifted focus to Pakistan's youth, emphasizing their crucial role in the real estate sector's future. With a high global ranking in freelancing, he suggested that this demographic could significantly contribute to the real estate market, especially in Proptech. He stressed that technology-based real estate projects are more likely to gain investor trust compared to traditional models.

The Need for Proptech Adoption:

In his concluding remarks, Mr. Awan underlined the importance of adopting Proptech in Pakistan's real estate market. He identified four key players in this transition: genuine buyers/users, realtors, developers, and the government. He argued that embracing PropTech is essential for building investor trust and ensuring the sector's growth.

 Conclusion:

In conclusion, Mr. Arshad Awan's presentation at the Proptech & Smartech Convention '23 serves as a vital call to action for Pakistan's real estate sector. His insights highlight the urgent need for PropTech adoption to leverage the country's youth potential and meet the demands of a burgeoning population. Emphasizing the shift towards technology-based real estate solutions, Mr. Awan's vision sets the course for a more innovative, trustworthy, and dynamic real estate market in Pakistan.
For a comprehensive understanding of Mr. Arshad Awan's insights into the Proptech Revolution, watch his full speech here.
Atif Arafin
20 Jan 2024
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