March, FlyingTypers highlighted Babar Badat’s agenda upon
taking the helm of FIATA. He said that FIATA “has a growing role
to play in the fast changing international transport environment.
“In recent years, FIATA has championed
the need for better global connectivity.
“I intend to continue this momentum,”
President Babar Badat said in his exclusive interview for FlyingTypers.
Babar is a fine gentleman from Pakistan.
His ancestral ties with India go back to pre-partition, when his family
had businesses there as well.
Having taken his multifarious skills to
lead a world class logistics enterprise today, it is only appropriate
that he is the leader who will now take FIATA members to India, where
they are promised to get a glimpse of what the future of logistics might
As an experienced entrepreneur, Babar Badat
was ready to recognize the importance of investments in technology and
infrastructure even before taking the helm of FIATA when he launched the
“Connectivity Campaign” as the Chairman of FIATA’s Advisory
Body International Affairs.
One of the accredited etymologies of the
word posh, which today means elegant and rich, puts us back on P&O’s
ships sailing to India from the UK.
In the early part of last century, the “Port
Out Starboard Home” (POSH) tickets allowed for a return journey
sheltered from the scorching sunrays on the ocean, a luxury that those
who could afford them preferred.
Even the other etymology, which gives the
word posh Romani origin, takes us back to the Indian subcontinent, where
journeys of the Romani people started centuries ago.
India breathes the air of eternity. It is
the country that produced some of the greatest love stories of all ages
and one of its most significant monuments, the Taj Mahal, is the living
signature of one such story. It’s a story of magnificence, where
love and passion can create a truly irresistible recipe for today’s
visitors, the FIATA members, and their families.
The Indian subcontinent is a land with the
power to evoke color, mystery, sensuality, and strong feelings just by
thinking of it.
The jungle, the cobras, the tigers, the
elephants—who could resist these dreams and fantasies when we were
& The Future
That is just what is going to happen. Babar
is taking his FIATA members to Delhi to live these dreams, bringing them
to touch the reality of future logistics while it is in the making.
Believe me, watch the presentations and
the movies that are available on FIATA’s as well as the Congress’
websites and let your mind spin with sheer power and electricity.
You will want to buy your ticket right away!
It will be POSH, but surprisingly not so
expensive . . .
FIATA decided to set its own sails towards
India some three years ago—when the FIATA guiding star was clearly
pointing to Asia—by electing its first Chinese President, Zhao Huxiang
in Taipei, and Babar Badat was getting ready to succeed him in Kuala Lumpur.
When all is abuzz like it will be in the
days of the Congress in Delhi, you will surely be on the fast lane, but
when the lights go down toward dusk, there will also be a certain longing
toward more tranquil and serene atmospheres. This is precisely what the
other side of India will bring: a more meditative and harmonious series
of cultural events that will flow like the waters eternally streaming
down from the Himalayas, giving the peoples of India life and solace before
vanishing into the ocean.
Plenty of business then, but not only that.
Culture will also show the many facets of the Indian tradition and lifestyle.
Take A Deep Breath
Having seen this already on my own, my advice
is to give yourself the benefit of a few days before or after the Congress,
so that you can let yourself sink into the exquisite pleasures of serendipity.
Babar Badat’s Pakistan as well as
India have been growing at tremendous speed in the last few years.
India is rapidly taking a new role in the
world in proportion to its population. “Make in India” has
been as meaningful a watchword as the one-time “made in Japan”
one used to be, for those of us who witnessed its explosive expansion
some fifty or more years ago.
Earlier in the year, Badat took the FIATA
Presidency members in Lahore for their Presidency meeting; now he’s
taking the FIATA members to Delhi for the Congress, a befitting opportunity
for some, as historically Delhi and Lahore are sister cities and give
a glimpse of the larger subcontinent.
All these ideas suggest that Babar Badat
will open an impressive congress in Delhi, together with his Indian friends
of the Organising Committee, led by Debashis Dutta and FFFAI, Ashish Pednekar’s
organisation, which successfully competed to bring this premier international
event to the country.
Mr. Badat is the Founding Chairman of Pakistan
International Freight Forwarders Association (PIFFA), which is one of
the main contributors to forming FIATA’s individual members’
vast constituency. PIFFA promotes the freight/logistics service industry
as a whole and has also been instrumental in establishing and continuously
updating the industry’s S.T.C (Standard Trading Conditions).
Although Babar Badat has a principal role
in FIATA, this is far from being his only task. He is also very active
in other areas of trade for his country and the trading community at large.
Babar has significantly contributed to launching
the TIR convention in Pakistan and is the Founding Chair of the TIR Commission
there. He sits on various Boards and is an important adviser to his government
in areas pertaining to logistics, transportation, and trade and has lent
his skills to enhance the role of his country in the region as well as
in Geneva, where he regularly attends meetings of the United Nations and
other multilateral organisations.
In March, Babar declared: “You must
always maintain your sense of purpose and mission to build on the great
potential of our industry. On the way, it does not hurt to maintain your
sense of humor.”
This is precisely how President Badat managed
to take the helm of a complex global organization such as FIATA and bring
it to new heights while maintaining his own business firm on the saddle.
While he is riding into the future of logistics
in India, he keeps his feet planted on the ground in Pakistan, so that
everyone on both sides of the sacred rivers of this magnificent subcontinent
can look at the future with a smile on their face.
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