The 3rd International Conference on Business Management (ICoBM) 2013 concluded at the campus of the University of Management and Technology (UMT), Lahore, today. Speakers and delegates from government, academia, and corporate world converged at UMT during the two-day event. The theme of the conference was "Entrepreneurship, Competitiveness, and Academia".

The 3rd International Conference on Business Management (ICoBM) 2013 brought academia, corporate speakers from 7 countries together at a single platform. A total of 100 research papers were presented in the conference. Thirty-eight universities from Pakistan were represented in the conference. A wide range of papers ranging from knowledge management and banking remittances to brain drain, IT, e-commerce, globalization, and women in business were presented. Corporate sponsors contributed Rs 1.5 million to the conference. As a concrete example of collaboration between institutions and in recognition of the collaboration between IBA Sukkur and UMT, it is worth noting that the next ICoBM will be held in Sukkur.

Giving an overview of the two-day conference, Dr Munawar Anees, Director, Center for Global Dialogue, UMT, said that Dr Hasan's impassioned plea to academia and industry to collaborate to raise the level of competitiveness in Pakistan needs to be taken up seriously. He said that Dr Hasan was right to point out that we can no longer afford to be stuck at the bottom tier of competitiveness.

Dr Munawar Anees said that modern societies present a complex blend of competitive elements and both qualitative and quantitative aspects of growth should be taken into account. He added that leading global thinkers are of the view that responsible competitiveness is an integral ingredient of sustainable development of modern economies. He said that Dr Hasan's stance for vital linkages between professional bodies and academia has been vindicated by the views presented in the conference.

In his brief concluding remarks, Dr Hasan Sohaib Murad, Rector UMT, said that the 3rd ICoBM presented two days of meaningful deliberations as ten concurrent sessions were held on hour-to-hour basis. He said that the conference was protocol free in order to make it an avenue for open discourse and exchange of ideas. He said that the triple helix themes of the ICoBM help explore linkages and see new connections from another point of view. Over a period of time, a formidable body of knowledge will be built up as a result of the knowledge accumulated during the conferences.

Dr Hasan Sohaib Murad, Rector UMT, took the opportunity to thank everyone involved in making the 3rd ICoBM 2013 a great success. He expressed his appreciation of the support provided by partner institutions and sponsors.

The conference was attended by a large number of dignitaries, educationists, intellectuals, business executives, government representatives, and public policy makers, representatives of the corporate world and students of business schools.

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