Mr. Jahangir Khan Tareen is the Founder of the JDW Group. From a humble beginning in 1992-93, when a small sugar mill of 4,000 tons per day was set up in District Rahim Yar Khan, the group has grown to its present size and composition under his guidance and vision. As a Director Mr Tareen continues to lead the group ably supported by a team of dedicated and highly motivated professionals.
Born in 1953, Mr. Tareen received his early education in Karachi and graduated from F.C. College in Lahore. Upon graduation, he proceeded to the United States of America for higher education and was awarded the degree of Masters in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina in 1974.
Mr. Tareen brings with him, rich and varied experiences in the private as well as the public sector. After a teaching stint in the Department of Public Administration, University of the Punjab, Mr. Tareen joined Grindlays Bank, Lahore for a short period of three years.
After leaving the Bank Mr. Tareen ventured into Farming. He developed and now manages a 2,500 acre Mango and Cotton farm in Lodhran using the most modern farming methods. Many innovations tested upon his farms have been adopted by the Punjab government for dissemination among the poor farmers of Punjab.
Mr. Tareen diversified into the Business world by Investing in a franchise Bottling business and subsequently established JDW Sugar Mills which has developed into Pakistan’s largest and most efficient Sugar milling operations. This is the only Sugar Group in the country which is supported by an associated Sugar cane research organisation. The Mill runs an extensive community development programme geared towards increasing yield and profitability of small farmers while also funding education and health initiatives in its area of operations.
Subsequenty JDW has diversified into other businesses which together form the JDW Group.
Mr. Tareen was called into public service in 1997 as Chairman of the Punjab Task Force on Agriculture which addressed pressing issues pertaining to the agricultural sector by formulating and implementing innovative policies which left a lasting impact on the sector, most notable of which was the complete annihilation of agriculture pesticide adulteration in Punjab and the ‘One Window’ Agriculture Loaning Operation in which small farmers were able to obtain loans from the Agriculture Development Bank in one seamless operation. Mr Tareen created Crop Management committees to manage all aspects of the major crops and to bring all stakeholders on the same page in decision making. The Punjab Agriculture sector still continues to benefit from the initiatives and changes brought about at that time.
He has served as Chairman Punjab Task Force on Wheat Procurement and Marketing and of the State Bank Committee on Rural Finance.
Mr.Tareen began his political career when he was elected Member of the National Assembly of Pakistan in the 2002 General elections. He elected to work as Advisor to the Chief Minister, Punjab, on Agriculture and New Initiatives, a position especially created in the Chief Minister’s office for developing and implementing “out of the box” solutions for some of the many pressing problems of the province.
In a successful two year stint, many significant new initiatives were taken and implemented, most notable among them were the Punjab Education Reforms Program, the RYK Model of Primary Health Care management through BHU’s and the new Punjab Industrial Policy. Mr Tareen was brought into the Federal Cabinet as the Minister of Industries, Production and Special Initiatives in August 2004.
In three year as Cabinet Minister Mr Tareen was able to begin many new initiatives. An industrial Strategy was evolved and documented by a group of Pakistani Economists ably led by Dr. Ijaz Nabi. The moribund Pakistan Industrial Development Company (PIDC) was reviltalised into an engine of change by creating multiple sector development companies, each with a complete sector development vision, strategy and implementation plan . A technology Upgradation Company (TUSDEC) was created as a public private partnership to work with key private sector entities to bridge the technology gap. This has led to the establishment of much needed Technology up gradation centres in Karachi and Gujranwala.
The RYK model of managing Primary Health Care was spread across the whole country and into every province. A water Channel lining project lined 50% of all watercourses in the country in the short span of three years. A Dairy development initiative led to the establishment of the PDDC or Pakistan Dairy Development Company mandated to work with small livestock owners to bring a quantum change in Dairy management.
Mr. Tareen is cognizant of the fact that while Pakistan must rapidly industrialise to provide the economic growth necessary for job creation and poverty alleviation, it must, at the same time, take direct Poverty Alleviation Initiatives so that the people of Pakistan share the fruits of economic growth as soon as possible.
He also believes that, in order to be successful, the people of Pakistan must develop their skills so that they can realize their full potential. He is an advocate of sustainable development and encourages communities to adopt a participatory, self-help approach. Mr. Tareen’s commitment to the capacity building and strengthening of communities is reflected in the high degree of his involvement with community based initiatives such as the Lodhran Pilot Project, of which he is Chairman and Sponsor. He is also actively involved in the National Rural Support Programme as a Director . He has also served as Director of the Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund and was a founder Member of the Governing Council of the Punjab Vocational Training Council (PVTC).