Pakistan open for trade, investment opportunities

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ISLAMABAD, Jul 12 (APP): The Pakistan Britain Business Council (PBBC),
Pakistan Scotland Business Council (PSBC) in collaboration with the London
Chamber of Commerce Industry (LCCI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen links between the three organisations at a Networking Reception hosted and supported by the Pakistan High Commission London on July 11.
All the big business entities present on the occasion said Pakistan
was open for business and offered tremendous trade and investment opportunities. It was the first time ever when a mainstream British chamber London Chamber of Commerce and Industry was connected with a joint business platform PBBC, said a press released.
The event was well represented by all main stakeholders including
FPCCI, PBBC, LCCI, FCO, DIT, and Mayor of London office, besides several mainstream British business houses.
The purpose of the collaboration was to promote and strengthen the
development of economic and trade relations and co-operation between the member companies of each organisation in the United Kingdom and Pakistan with a particular emphasis to promote and facilitate small and medium-sized enterprises in both countries.
On a macro-economic level the collaboration will focus on bilateral
trade and investment opportunities in both United Kingdom and Pakistan working with stakeholders and the Pakistan and UK Governments.
In his remarks on the occasion, Syed Ibne Abbas, Pakistan High
Commissioner to the UK welcomed the signing of the MoU between the main business bodies.
He said, “During the last few years, Pakistan’s economy has
experienced a remarkable turnaround as recognised by independent financial institutions.
The China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), with its $56 billion
investment portfolio is going to create enormous opportunities for the global corporate enterprises. We have a liberal trade and investment regime. In this backdrop, collaborative effort between big business entities through this MoU is, indeed, a welcome development.”
Chairman of the PBBC, Julian Hamilton Barns said, “Pakistan’s economy
is gaining pace and with our strong historical and cultural connections with
Pakistan, we see huge potential to develop economic links especially following BREXIT.”
He further added the PBBC is actively promoting bilateral trade and
encouraging UK investors to seize the enormous business opportunities that are available in Pakistan.
Moreover, he also described Pakistan as a safe country for trade and
investment declaring that “Pakistan is open for business”.
Peter Bishop, Deputy Chief Executive, London Chamber of Commerce and
Industry termed the MoU an important trade development platform in the future.
Mr. Bishop expressed the LCCI’s intent to enhance trade ties with
Pakistani businesses in collaboration with the PBBC. He expressed that they would also like to send joint trade missions to Pakistan to explore further opportunities.
He also commended the pro-active role of the Pakistan High Commission in
making the MoU possible.
The High Commission facilitates such events to promote commercial
relations between the two countries and will help in boosting the level of British investment in Pakistan.