British envoy for effective joint measures to boost mutual trade ties

SIALKOT: Francis Campbell, Director UK Trade & Investment and British Deputy High Commissioner in Karachi has said that the misperception about Pakistan was over and the UK was wholeheartedly here to work together with Pakistan for promoting the mutual trade and supporting everything that grows the trade between the two countries.

He stressed upon the need of making some effective joint measures to boost and strengthen the mutual trade ties between Pakistan and United Kingdom (UK).

He stated this while addressing an important meeting of Sialkot business community held at Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) here Tuesday.

He discussed in details the matters of mutual interest with Sialkot business community, saying that the time was ripe for further strengthening the mutual trade ties between Great Britain and Pakistan, as there were bright opportunities of setting up the joint industrial ventures in different trade fields between the two countries.

British Deputy High Commissioner also discussed in details available investment opportunities and exploration of new avenues for investment with SCCI members.

Francis Campbell said that the UK was making all out sincere efforts to ensure the easy and direct access of Pakistani business community to British international markets, as the UK has invited the Pakistani business community to participate in the international trade exhibitions scheduled to be held soon in UK, as these exhibitions would be helpful in promoting the good mutual trade understanding and relations between the business communities of both countries.

He said that the British government is committed to a long-term, productive and friendly partnership with Pakistan and he terms Pakistan as a long-term strategic partner.

UK would continue to support all its endeavours aimed at expansion of trade relations between the two countries.

British government was foreseeing better economic and investment outlook in Pakistan and encouraging its companies to make more investment in Pakistan, he added.

British Deputy High Commissioner added that a good number of UK companies are keen to invest in Pakistan in different trade sectors. The British government has been motivating their business people to make investments in Pakistan, he revealed.

During his visit to several leading industrial units in Sialkot, the Deputy High Commissioner said that the mutual trade volume between Pakistan and UK would soon be increased to a great extant in favour of Pakistan , as the both countries have been enjoying good trade relation due to which these trade ties would be strengthened.

He said that there were bright opportunities for setting up joint ventures with Pakistani businessmen in different trade field.

British Envoy said that several British companies have also shown keen interest to start several joint ventures with Sialkot business community in different trade fields.

He agreed with the SCCI proposal regarding the regular mutual exchange of trade delegations between Pakistan and UK for enhancing the trade development opportunities.

He assured to make efforts to ensure the easy access of Sialkot business community to UK markets and other European markets, enabling the Sialkot exporters to explore and capture the new UK markets.

He also visited several leading industrial units in export-oriented Sialkot city, amid tight security, and witnessed the international standard craftsmanship of Sialkot based artisans, in this regard.

On this occasion, British Envoy Francis Campbell said that the Sialkot exporters have a great potential to capture the international UK trade markets by exporting their diversified world class traditional and non-traditional export items.

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