Nation special report
LONDON: To ensure enhancement in trade and investment between Pakistan and Britain, the UK Chamber of Commerce and Industry have taken various measures and has asked not only Pakistani diaspora but the English community as well to coordinate with the Chamber to acquire the required results. Following 16-day successful tour to Pakistan by the directors and members of the Chamber, Ch. M. Sadeeq (President), Kamran Khan (General Secretary) and other directors furnished the details of their visit at a press conference held at Royal Nawab on Wednesday.
Ch. Sadeeq acquainted the media persons and other participants that the delegation first visited Dubai where they signed a memorandum with Dubai Business Council and invited them to visit to Britain. “We shall extend full cooperation to all businessmen and traders from every country to establish and enhance trade and investment in Britain and vice versa. The reaction and acknowledgement of Dubai business community was marvellous and highly satisfactory”, he added.
“After Dubai, the delegation went to Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad and held many fruitful meetings with local businessmen. We signed a number of MoUs and discussed various ways to extend our business relations and mutual cooperation”, he said. UKPPCI has decided to hold ‘UK-Pak Expo 2018’ in London and final date and venue are under consideration. We shall invite all businessmen and traders from Dubai, Pakistan and other countries and will make a formal announcement once the arrangements are made”, Ch. Sadeeq said. He furnished the details of the meeting and outcome of the meeting with Overseas Pakistani Commission which is very much active under the chairmanship of Afzal Bhatti and directly supervised by Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif.
The Commission has resolved over 4,500 case out of 10,000 sofar and rest of the cases would be settled soon. Kamran Khan said that there are vast scopes of cooperation and investment in various section of economy. There is no scarcity of talent in Pakistan and the only need is intention and courage. “Pakistan is emerging as growing country but due to lack of information, these opportunities are not centred. Our Chamber is fully in a position to provide every possible help and information”, he added.
During the press conference various directors and members expressed their views and were in agreement to take all measures to achieve the goals set by the Chamber to serve Britain and Pakistan in trade and commerce sector. A shield was presented to Aamir Khawaja (Vice President, Manchester chapter) and Zara Pervaiz Dar (Director ABI International) for their services to the business community especially the UKPCCI. Sardar Shafqat Khan, Amjad Khan, Ms. Tahira, M. Jahangir, Waheedur Rehman, Asad Hussain Shah Tariq Choudhry, Raja Ejaz Mahmood and other directors and members of UKPCCI were present at the occasion.