Pakistan – UK Business Networking Event held at Manchester

High Commissioner invites business companies to Pakistan

A business networking event was organised by the Economic & Trade Division of Consulate General of Pakistan Manchester and the UK Pakistan Chamber of Commerce & Industry (UKPCCI) at Manchester on Friday 17th February 2017. The event was chaired by H.E. Syed Ibne Abbas, Pakistan High Commissioner to the UK.

The networking event aimed at highlighting the potential trade and investment opportunities between Pakistan and the United Kingdom. It featured speeches by Mr. Clive Drinkwater, Northwest Regional Director at the Department for International Trade (DIT), Mr. Kai Hughes, Managing Director at the International Cotton Association Ltd, Yasmin Qureshi MP and Afzal Khan MEP.

There was also a brief presentation on successful investment of about US$25million in Pakistan by a British firm, Kingsmann Pharmacies.

On this occasion, a group of British-Pakistani students from University of Salford gave a presentation to the guests on Trade and Investment prospects in Pakistan.

The High Commissioner for Pakistan in the UK, HE Syed Ibne Abbas spoke about trade and investment relations between Pakistan and the UK. He informed the guests of various economic developments in Pakistan and encouraged them to take advantage of the commercial opportunities arising due to China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). CPEC is a collection of multiple projects worth over US$58 billion focusing on Investment, Trade, Energy, Transport, Infrastructure and Industrial Corridors.

In the end, Consul General of Pakistan in Manchester, Dr. Zahoor Ahmad made a vote of thanks and also acknowledged participation of British Pakistani youth in various projects initiated by the Consulate by giving away certificates of appreciation.

Around 100 niche business & investment companies attended this event including Mayor of Warrington Cllr Faisal Rasheed, Cllr Gary Miller – Assistant Mayor & Mayoral Lead for Business & International Trade in Liverpool, Barrister Amjad Malik – Chairman Overseas Pakistanis Foundation (OPF), and Ms. Mandy Lockett – International Business Director of the East Lancashire’s Chamber of Commerce.

The participants actively discussed several business and investment opportunities in different sectors of Pakistan and gave very encouraging feedback.

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