Award of the National Order of Merit to Major General Rahmat Khan
On Thursday 27th February, his Excellency Philippe Thiébaud, the Ambassador of France in Pakistan hosted a reception at his residence on the occasion of the award of the National Order of Merit to Major General Rahmat Khan, who has been the Managing Director of Lafarge Pakistan since January 2008 and non executive Chairman of Board of Directors of Lafarge Pakistan since January 2013.
The National Order of Merit is an order of the State awarded by the President of the French Republic, which was founded in 1963 by President Charles de Gaulle to reward French and foreign nationals for distinguished achievements.
Major General Rahmat Khan has had a first career in the Pakistan Army until he retired in 2002. He then took the reins of the Fauji Cement Company Limited from 2002 to 2005 before becoming the Deputy Managing Director of the Pakistan Cement Company (ORASCOM) which was acquired by the Lafarge group in 2008.
The Lafarge group specializes in innovative and world class construction solutions and contributes to building better cities in 62 countries, with the help of 64000 employees. It develops value added products and construction systems to meet some of the greatest challenges of urbanization. The company has also initiated research and development activities and collaborations with engineering departments of universities to develop solutions likely to address Pakistan market needs such as low cost, low-income housing and concrete roads.
Lafarge Pakistan, a subsidiary of the Lafarge Group, is the first and only multinational cement manufacturer in Pakistan. Lafarge Pakistan owns and manages a state-of-the-art plant located at Kallar Kahar, District Chakwal, in the province of Punjab.
Non Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Lafarge Pakistan since January 2013, Major General Rahmat Khan has rendered significant services to the cement industry in Pakistan as well as to the Lafarge Group. Today, Lafarge is a leader in Health & Safety amongst the companies operating in the cement sector of Pakistan.
Deeply committed to developing and strengthening trade and business ties between Pakistan and France, Major General Rahmat Khan has been for many years the promoter of a positive image for French companies in Pakistan, notably through the Pakistan-France business alliance (PFBA).
Because of his efforts and his dynamism to promote French business interests in Pakistan, he has been awarded the National Order of Merit, with the rank of Officer on Thursday 27th February 2014.