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

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