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United Kingdom, Pakistan hold joint conference to raise awareness of opportunities in Pakistan for British businesses

Islamabad, December 19, 2013 (PPI-OT): The second annual UK – Pakistan Trade and Investment Conference was held in London on 17 December. The conference, which fulfils a UK commitment under the UK-Pakistan trade and investment roadmap, was attended by over 50 business representatives from UK and Pakistan companies, and delivered in partnership with the Pakistan Britain Trade and Investment Forum.

The aim is to raise awareness of investment opportunities in Pakistan, the support available for UK companies considering the market, and provides a forum for business leaders from both nations to make important connections. The conference was attended by Senior Foreign Office Minister Baroness Warsi, with a keynote speech from UK Minister for Trade Lord Livingston. Discussions throughout the day focused on three key sectors – Energy, Education, and Retail.

Yesterday’s conference is even more important following the European Parliament granting Pakistan GSP+ status last week. GSP+ will be the most significant trade package offered to Pakistan from anywhere in the world.

The UK spearheaded a comprehensive campaign stretching over several years to help Pakistan achieve this. This involved renegotiating the terms of GSP+ with our EU partners during 2012, ensuring Pakistan was eligible to apply for the scheme for the first time; and then worked in close partnership with the Pakistani government to ensure they made the changes necessary to meet the entry eligibility criteria.

Through the course of this year, in formal meetings, informal discussions, and general day-to-day contact, the UK has engaged hundreds of times with colleagues and opposite numbers in European capitals, Brussels, the European Commission and the European Parliament to ensure the application would be approved. UK Ministers, diplomats and UK MEPs mobilised their EU and international networks at each stage of the process to ensure this was the only decision that could be made.

Senior Foreign Office Minister Baroness Warsi said:

In my role as Minister for Pakistan over the last year I have visited Islamabad and Lahore, most recently with British business representatives, where I was struck by the diversity of businesses that are trading between our two nations, and the wealth of opportunity there is for business. Today’s conference is an important step in raising awareness of the business opportunities that exist and building even more trade links between the UK and Pakistan.

There is much to be positive about for the future. I was delighted that the European Parliament voted last week to grant Pakistan the “Generalised Scheme of Preferences plus (GSP+)” – something the UK has been a tireless advocate for – and will present even greater opportunity for bilateral trade.

Minister of State for Trade and Investment Lord Livingston said:

Pakistan and the UK have a close relationship and trade is at the heart of this relationship – Britain is the top European destination for exports from Pakistan. We are working together to deepen our partnership for the long-term and our Prime Ministers have set us an ambitious target to boost bilateral trade to £3bn by 2015.

Huge opportunity exists for British companies to export and grow in Pakistan – with a population of 185 million and there is strong demand for the high value products and services that the UK has to offer, especially among the growing middle class.

100 UK companies are already operating successfully in Pakistan and UK Trade and Investment, at home and through its offices in Karachi, Islamabad and Lahore, exists to support more firms to export to or grow in Pakistan. I encourage you to explore the huge business opportunities in Pakistan.

Pakistan High Commissioner to the UK, Mr Wajid Shamsul Hasan said:

Historically, Britain and Pakistan have always enjoyed substantial trading relationship, with more than 100 British companies operating successfully in Pakistan. Pakistan’s relations with the United Kingdom are on a growth trajectory in all areas of bilateral cooperation including trade, economic growth and development, cultural cooperation, security and education.

I am sure this event will provide an opportunity to understand the trade and economic environment in Pakistan and to develop better understanding about doing business with Pakistan.

For more information, contact:
Mike Girling
Press Attache
British High Commission
Islamabad
Tel: +9251 201 2000
Cell: +92300 500 5306
Website: http://ukinpakistan.fco.gov.uk

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British Government contributes GBP3.6 million to UNODC’s Border Management programme

Islamabad, November 15, 2012 (PPI-OT): The Additional Inspector General thanked UNODC and the UK Government for their continuing support to law enforcement capacity in Pakistan.

The UK Government and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) signed an agreement today regarding the UK contribution of GBP 3.6 million, in support of UNODC’s Country Programme. The Additional Inspector General of the Police of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mr. Khalid Masood was also present to witness the signing of the three-year agreement between the Deputy High Commissioner of the United Kingdom, Ms. Alison Blake, and UNODC Representative Mr. Jeremy Douglas.

The programme aims to enhance the ability of law enforcement agencies with a mandate in border areas and provinces, to address other forms of transnational organized crime and to stem the illicit flow of substances such as drugs, precursors and explosive chemicals. As part of the project, staff knowledge and skills will be enhanced, as well as management procedures improved to facilitate trade while interdicting unwanted flows. Furthermore, international cooperation between law enforcement agencies in Pakistan and Afghanistan will be facilitated.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Douglas thanked the UK Government for its support to the programme activities, which will strengthen key law enforcement institutions in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces. Mr. Douglas further thanked Additional Inspector General Mr. Khalid Masood and the Government of Pakistan for their continued commitment towards securing the borders and strengthening law enforcement capacity.

British Deputy High Commissioner Alison Blake said,

“I am delighted to be able to demonstrate the UK’s strong support for UNODC and for Pakistan’s law enforcement agencies. This is an important programme that will further build Pakistan’s ability to control its borders, facilitating legitimate trade and stopping the illicit flows that blight lives here and in the region. Through this, and our other programmes with Pakistan and Afghanistan, we are working build a more stable and secure future for all our citizens.”

The Additional Inspector General thanked UNODC and the UK Government for their continuing support to law enforcement capacity in Pakistan. He mentioned the Government of Pakistan is committed to working with its international partners to increase security and rule of law in the country.

For more information, contact:
Mike Girling
Press Attache
British High Commission
Islamabad
Tel: +9251 201 2000
Cell: +92300 500 5306
Website: http://ukinpakistan.fco.gov.uk

Malala goes to UK for medical treatment

Islamabad, October 15, 2012 (PPI-OT): Malala Yousafzai, a 14 year old girl shot by the Taliban in Pakistan last week, is being evacuated to the UK for specialist medical care.

The evacuation was arranged by the Pakistani authorities after an assessment by the medical team treating Malala. It follows an offer by the UK Government to assist Malala in any way that we could.

This morning a Pakistani Government flight carrying Malala and a medical team left Rawalpindi. On her arrival in the UK Malala will be transferred to an NHS hospital where she will receive specialist medical care.

The Foreign Secretary, William Hague, said:

“Last week’s barbaric attack on Malala Yousafzai and her school friends shocked Pakistan and the world. Malala’s bravery in standing up for the right of all young girls in Pakistan to an education is an example to us all.

“Malala will now receive specialist medical care in an NHS hospital. Our thoughts remain with Malala and her family at this difficult time.

“The public revulsion and condemnation of this cowardly attack shows that the people of Pakistan will not be beaten by terrorists. The UK stands shoulder to shoulder with Pakistan in its fight against terrorism.”

For more information, contact:
Mike Girling
Press Attache
British High Commission
Islamabad
Tel: +9251 201 2000
Cell: +92300 500 5306
Website: http://ukinpakistan.fco.gov.uk

British Trade and Investment hosts launch of Ranger Rover ‘Evoque’

Islamabad, July 02, 2012 (PPI-OT): British High Commissioner Adam Thomson joined business leaders, diplomats and members of the media as the UK-manufactured car was unveiled in the Pakistani capital for the first time.

UK Trade and Investment hosted the launch of the new Ranger Rover ‘Evoque’ at the British High Commission in Islamabad.

British High Commissioner Adam Thomson joined business leaders, diplomats and members of the media as the UK-manufactured car was unveiled in the Pakistani capital for the first time.

UK Trade and Investment have worked with Sigma Motors as the sole distributor of Land Rover products in Pakistan. In 2002, they started local assembly of Land Rover Defender variants, with a total of 12 variants now being assembled in Pakistan.

Unveiling the car, the British High Commissioner to Pakistan Adam Thomson said:

“Trade between the UK and Pakistan is an important, vibrant example of the strength and depth of our bilateral relationship.

“And Land Rover is a great example of how a prestigious British brand can create jobs back in the UK but also here in Pakistan.

“Sigma Motors should be congratulated for enhancing the automobile sector here in Pakistan by introducing advanced UK technologies, such as the new Range Rover ‘Evoque’.

“Partnerships such as this will contribute towards our goal of increasing trade between our two countries every year to £2.5 billion by 2015.

Speaking at the occasion, the CEO of Sigma Motors – Col (R) Syed Zafar Uddin Ahmad said:

“The all new Range Rover “Evoque” is one of the most exciting vehicles in a generation. Bold and sophisticated in design, it offers clever technology that is innovative, relevant and is intuitive to use. Range Rover “Evoque” is a quantum leap in the evolution of Range Rover and we are very excited to bring it to Pakistan.

“Given the fact that sustainable economy is possible only by establishment of large and medium industries, Sigma Motors takes pride in making a humble contribution of creating direct or indirect job opportunities for approximately 1000 families in Pakistan.

Besides ensuring self reliance in 4×4 vehicles, Sigma Motors had the invaluable opportunity of acquiring advanced technologies and bringing itself up to exacting international manufacturing standards. We take pride in being the only one to successfully assemble vehicles based on European technology and introduce the same in the automobile sector in Pakistan.”

For more information, contact:
Mike Girling
Press Attache
British High Commission
Islamabad
Tel: +9251 201 2000
Cell: +92300 500 5306
Website: http://ukinpakistan.fco.gov.uk

British company join hands with Edulearn Air Services Academy to set up maintenance training facility in Pakistan

Islamabad, July 02, 2012 (PPI-OT): A UK registered company that are bringing Air Service Training (AST), Perth, Scotland UK qualifications to Pakistan

UK Trade and Investment, Pakistan introduced Edulearn Air Services Academy – a UK registered company that are bringing Air Service Training (AST), Perth, Scotland UK qualifications to Pakistan that will provide technical training material, approved examinations and assistance to support the aviation industry in Pakistan.

Edulearn Air Services Academy will be setting up Pakistan’s first European Part 147 maintenance training facility in Karachi, Pakistan in collaboration with AST Perth Scotland. The aim of this facility is to provide UK licences to meet the growing demands of aircraft maintenance engineers / technician / pilots in local and international aviation industries. The local office will also provide a chance to bright and talented students who cannot afford expensive trainings abroad, to receive international qualifications in Pakistan.

Edulearn Air Services Academy will be introducing for the first time in Pakistan, the Aircraft Maintenance engineering IR Part -66 B1/B2 licence examinations in collaboration with Air Service Training (AST) Perth, Scotland, a company approved by the United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority under the European Part 147 regulations. Category B licences are aimed at line maintenance. They can also be used within base maintenance in inspections or supervisory roles. Category B licenses are separated into Mechanical and Avionics disciplines identified as B1 and B2 respectively.

Ibrahim Saghir, CEO, Edulearn Air Services Academy (Pvt.) Ltd said:

“We are really delighted to offer this worldwide recognised qualification in Pakistan. This qualification will help Pakistani youth to join aviation industry and to reach highest standards of academic and technical level, benefiting not just the industry but the overall education system in Pakistan. We thank the UK Trade and Investment team for helping us promote this qualification in Pakistan.”

British Deputy High Commissioner and Director UK Trade and Investment, Pakistan, Francis Campbell said:

“The one key issue that has the potential to transform Pakistan’s future is education. The UK Government is strongly committed in bringing that transformation in Pakistan. Introducing such UK qualifications in the aviation industry will not only contribute to the betterment of Pakistan’s future but strengthen the bilateral relation between the UK and Pakistan.”

For more information, contact:
Mike Girling
Press Attache
British High Commission
Islamabad
Tel: +9251 201 2000
Cell: +92300 500 5306
Website: http://ukinpakistan.fco.gov.uk

British High Commissioner assures of quick response to business visas

Lahore: The British High Commissioner Mr Adam Thomson has assured of quick response to visa applications from Pakistani entrepreneurs to step up efforts of increasing bilateral trade between Pakistan and UK.

He was talking to media during his visit to Net Sol Technologies Ltd on Friday morning. Mr Salim Ghauri, Chairman and CEO Net Sol Technologies Ltd, welcomed Mr Adam Thomson and discussed ways and opportunities of promoting Pakistan Information Technology (IT) industry in the UK.

The British High Commissioner said the potential of Pakistan IT in bilateral trade is nothing but growth, growth and growth. He said the governments of both Pakistan and UK have decided to double bilateral trade in next four years and purpose of his visit to Net Sol Technologies is to change the prevailing mindset of British businessmen towards Pakistan IT industry.

“I am extremely impressed with Net Sol growth and I am more confident to talk to the UK audience about Pakistan IT after my visit,” he said, adding smilingly: “Salim will become Bill Gates of Pakistan in five years time.”

Mr Adam Thomson said a constant effort is being made to take three to five working days in processing business visas at British High Commission. We have also the Preferred Partner Scheme where any company can avail a streamlined visa service, he added.

The visiting British High Commissioner said the single most important agenda of his visit to Net Sol is to change the perception about Pakistan and make concrete efforts to step up business opportunities for British businessmen in Pakistan. He said the British High Commission would promote business conferences on Pakistan in UK, talk about business opportunities in Pakistan and bring British business delegations to Pakistan.

To another question, he said the UK regards both Pakistan and India as friendly countries.

Speaking on the occasion, Chairman Net Sol Technologies Salim Ghauri said he was grateful to the British High Commissioner for visiting Net Sol, having a distinction of employing 35% female staff. He said the frequency of exchange of business delegations between Pakistan and UK is low yet, needed to build it up on priority. He expressed the hope that the British High Commissioner would promote Pakistan IT industry in the UK to enhance bilateral trade.

For more information, contact:
George Sherriff
Press Attaché
Sarah Cowley
Head of Press and Public Affairs
British High Commission
Islamabad
Tel: +9251 201 2000
Cell: +92300 500 5306
Website: http://ukinpakistan.fco.gov.uk