UK keen to invest in CPEC: Boris Johnson

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal has said Pakistan is undergoing a remarkable transformation as a result of the improved security situation, impressive economic growth and consolidation of democratic institutions.

Talking to British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson in London, he said Pakistan greatly appreciates UK’s role as an important trade and investment partner.

The Interior Minister also informed the foreign secretary about Pakistan’s efforts to eliminate extremism and terrorism from the country.

The British foreign secretary commended Pakistan’s economic reforms agenda and acknowledged that Pakistan has great potential for economic growth.

He particularly appreciated Pakistan’s counter-terrorism efforts to bring about peace in the region and the world at large.

Boris said that the UK is keenly interested in China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and would like to benefit from opportunities arising from this initiative.



UK economy has a lot to offer to Pakistani businessmen: Lord Nazir

LAHORE: British Parliament Member Lord Nazir Ahmed said on Saturday that many sectors of United Kingdom’s economy had vast space for Pakistani businessmen and they could get good share through B2B (Business to Business) contacts, modern business techniques and technologies.

He was speaking at Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), where LCCI President Malik Tahir Javaid and Senior Vice President Khawaja Khawar Rashid also spoke on the occasion, while Zafar Iqbal Chaudhry, Awais Saeed Piracha, Naeem Hanif, Shahid Nazir, Zafar Iqbal, Muhammad Wasim and Muhammad Chaudhry were present in the meeting.

Lord Nazir Ahmed said that those countries are leading the economic front where the private sector was playing an active role, asserting that Pakistani business community had the ability to turn Pakistan into an economic powerhouse.

While talking about Pakistani businessmen, he said, they should come forward and join hands with their foreign counterparts, adding that Pakistani expatriates were playing a laudable role in the economy of UK and were ready to facilitate their Pakistani brothers who want to do business.

The Member British Parliament also emphasised the need for collective efforts to increase the existing trade volume between the two countries.

Lord Nazir said, “India is utilising all its energies and propagating against Pakistan to cause huge economic loss but I have raised voice against this conspiracy at all international forums”.

LCCI President Malik Tahir Javaid said that Pakistani business community attached a lot of importance to Lord Nazir Ahmed’s role in support of the Kashmir cause in the House of Lords. He said that businessmen truly admired his efforts and stance to raise the voice for Kashmir.

He said that despite the GSP Plus status, Pakistan had not been able to enhance its exports to the UK. He said that there was ample potential for joint ventures between the two countries in areas of auto parts, processed food, pharmaceuticals, leather made-ups, light engineering and surgical instruments.

Malik added that the UK should provide trade facilitation to Pakistani businesses.

The UK has sizeable imports of textiles, leather, furniture, paper, plastics and footwear from China. Pakistan can be considered for these items as it has great export potential in these areas.

The LCCI President mentioned that trade diplomacy had a crucial role and for that matter, Lahore Chamber kept organising international business delegations. He informed Lord Nazir Ahmed that last week, he headed a delegation to Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia which proved very successful.

He further said that both countries should not remain limited to strengthening trade ties rather Pakistan and UK should exchange parliamentarian, cultural and student delegations too.