Well done Rabia!
Many of us have known Rabia Garib (and her partner-in-crime Salaina Haroon) for almost a decade. We have watched them over the years as they have involved themselves in improving teachers’ internet skills, publishing a number of internet magazines and getting into media relations, and producing IT shows for television, etc etc.
They have done everything with a passion – Rabia in the forefront, and Salaina as her shadow helping in most instances to ensure that things are pulled together and work the way they are supposed to.
As CIO Pakistan was launched this week, they proved how far they have come in a decade. As I arrived at the Sheraton Hotel in Karachi on August 5, I was not surprised to see most of the major players from the IT industry present at the event – they were all there – many local IT company heads from Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad and international players from Oracle, IBM, Cisco. We even had Dilawar Syed from Yahoo Inc and OPEN Silicon Valley and Rishi Jaitly from Google Inc.
Rabia announced that Pakistan was the 36th country in which CIO was launching an edition. It was meant to be a monthly with 90% of the content being from Pakistan. So if you have successful products, companies, initiatives that you want CIO to cover, do get in touch with Rabia. She can only promote our industry if we assist her to do it.
A ribbon cutting ceremony unveiled the huge first cover. Sindh IT Minister Muhammad Raza Haroon did the honours.
The morning had everyone on a high as people networked and got to know each other or re-acquaint themselves with those they hadn’t met for a while. The speeches and panel discussion were followed by the prestigious Technology Pioneer Awards (more about this later). Event organizers Terrabiz too should be congratulated for handling everything with great precision.
Great going Rabia! Well done! CIO Pakistan can be one of the main vehicles for promoting a sector that is growing and innovating at speeds greater than light. You have our support and our cooperation.
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