به شبكه اطلاع‌رساني كارفرمايان ايران خوش آمديد!
International Organisation Of Employer press release

Death of Former IOE President Ashraf Tabani

Wednesday 5 August 2009

t is with deep sadness and regret that the IOE reports that Ashraf Tabani, President of the Employers’ Federation of Pakistan (EFP), former President of the IOE and, since 1990, titular employer member of the Governing Body of the ILO, passed away peacefully at his home in Karachi yesterday evening, 16 July.

Ashraf Tabani was a pillar of the international employer community for over thirty years. Right up to his death, he was an extremely active global employer voice, leading a number of debates, most recently at the International Labour Conference held in June in Geneva.

In Pakistan, he was Minister of Finance and Industry in the Government of Sindh from May 1981 to April 1984. He subsequently became Governor of Sindh in 1987. During his long career, he was Chairman of the Industrial Development Bank of Pakistan, Export Promotion Bureau, the Cotton Board of Pakistan, Fisheries Board, Pakistan Silk and Rayon Mills Association. He was a successful businessman and Chairman of the Seri Sugar Mills Ltd.

In the Asia region, he was a former President and currently active member of the Confederation of Asia-Pacific Employers (CAPE). He represented the interests of Asian Employers at the regional and international level over a period of thirty years.

As a longstanding member of the Governing Body of the ILO, he chaired a range of policy committees and was employer spokesperson of the Employment and Social Policy Committee for a number of years. He was a strong advocate of the ILO’s 1998 Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, of which he was a key author, and recently became the employer spokesperson for the ILO’s Annual Global Report. Additionally, he held the position of Employers’ Vice-President of the International Labour Conference in 1993 and 2008. As former President and Honorary President of the IOE, he was a leading voice in the international global employer community, representing the Organisation in debates at regional and global levels. He was a key player, on behalf of the IOE, in launching the Global Compact where his role was widely acknowledged by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

Above all, Ashraf Tabani was a gentleman. He always sought to understand all sides of the argument, to respect the views of others and to strive for consensus in policy debates. He will be sadly missed, both as a powerful leader of the employer community and a passionate advocate for the role of social and economic development in achieving social justice.

May his soul rest in peace!

Geneva, 17 July 2009


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