A trade mission comprising representatives of more
than a dozen British organizations and companies visited Pakistan
between September 20 to 25 under the leadership of Mr. Michael Brosch
Director of International Trade for Nottinghamshire to explore
possibilities of enhancing bilateral trade between the two countries.
The visit which was organized by Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce and
Industry had the full backing and support of the UK Trade and
Investment, the United Kingdom export and investment promotion body.
Unveiling the programme of the trade mission, the
British Deputy High Commissioner said that the visit demonstrate the
great and growing potential for two-way trade and business between the
United Kingdom and Pakistan. The Anglo-Pak community exceeding 80
hundred thousand some of them leading figures in trade and business
circules of UK are keen to invest and enter in joint ventures with
Pakistani business community.
The leader of the trade mission said Nottinghamshire,
in the center of England, recognizes the strength of its Anglo-Pakistani
business community and its desire to develop commercial links with
Pakistan, based on a clear understanding of the practical needs of a
fast developing economy. "The UK can provide with a route into the
European Union market as well as a source of the technology required to
enable economic progress to be made", he added. He recalled that as
a direct consequence of cooperation agreements signed on previous
Nottinghamshire Chamber-led missions, the Media Integrated Learning
Center (MILC) will be introducing UK Multimedia & Internet and Media
& Communications studies programmes.
These study programme will be offered in Pakistan in
collaboration with Preston Institute of Management, Sciences and
Technology (PIMSAT). He informed and added that student interested in
enrolling should contact the local representative of either MILC or
Highlighting the programme, Michael Brosh said,
"Information and Communication technology is opening up a whole new
world of commerce and related job opportunities. As information and
communication technology becomes cheaper and more accessible, so the
training of personnel qualified to use it has increased its importance.
Previously, persons with qualifications had to travel to places where
those skills were valued. Now, there are means to deliver and secure
payment from the client in London to the specialist in Karachi. He said
MILC will also use the visit to seek other possible partners in the
television and film industry for joint ventures in Pakistan and UK.
Moreover, it was informed that two companies supplying machinery to the
shoe industry are looking for business relationship with established or
newly emerging companies in Pakistan.
Anglo Italian Machinery Company (Aimco), UK, supplies
new and rebuilt equipment and believes there are opportunities for
expansion, and increased export to Pakistan. Machines are available for
a wide variety of applications in the shoe manufacturing process,
including stitching, folding, eyeleting, cutting, lasting, direct
folding and insole preparation. As well as supplying machinery of the
shoe industry sewtech offers machine for the leather and textile
industries. The company is actively looking to open new markets in
Pakistan, and has already received enquiries via its web site. During
the visit it hopes to develop this interest into sound business
Visiting Pakistan for the second time is Merton
Steel, a multi disciplinary metal and plastics trading company,
specializing in multi item sourcing and supply. Since first visiting in
the region, the company has won orders in the petrochemical,
shipbuilding and engineering sectors, and plans to build on this
success. Queensland Group is a specialist importer and exporters of
furniture product for the commercial and residential markets.
Additionally, it offers fire-retardancy products, and commercial
feasibility reports on the security for building in relation to fire and
In a press briefing, Mr. Michael disclosed that the
Anglo-Pakistan Business Community in the United Kingdom is willing to
make investments in Pakistan as there are more opportunities of doing
business in Pakistan as compared to UK. Highlighting the purpose of the
visit of trade mission, Michael Brosch said UK has a good economy as
compared to Pakistan but Pakistan has huge potential of doing business,
as many opportunities exist in the country. He told that British
Pakistanis, who were born and living in UK are willing to made
investment in their own country.
Responding to a query on security situation and
Pakistan's image in West, he clarified that the image, in the past two
years, has improved significantly owing to the advancements and
improvements in the economy of Pakistan.
Speaking on the occasion, Deputy High Commissioner,
Hamish Daniel highlighted that they have a whole series of trade
missions coming to Pakistan and this is the first trade mission, which
will be followed by two more trade missions next week. More trade
missions will be coming to Pakistan next year, he added. He claimed that
UK is the biggest investor in Pakistan as they will have an investment
of over a billion pounds in Pakistan and they are also planning to
provide funds to launch a campaign in collaboration with
Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) against honor killings in the
province of Sindh. He informed that currently, there are 80,000 British
nationals residing in Pakistan and 0.8 million Pakistanis residing in UK
that clearly indicates the strong relationship of both countries.
Responding to a query, he said that British Pakistan
Business Advisory Council, established Prime Minister, Tony Blair and
President of Pakistan, General Pervez Musharraf, is still active and is
playing significant role in promoting trade between the two countries.
He told that during the visit, they will hold
meetings with Chambers of Commerce of Pakistan and Small and Medium
Enterprises Associations and will focus on making investments in
development of infrastructure, education and training sectors.
Emphasizing on the potential of market and opportunities that exist in
Pakistan, be also reiterated that the younger generation British
Pakistanis is keen to make investment in the country. He said that the
British companies have successfully made investment in China and now
they are determined to invest in Pakistan to further promote trade and
economic ties between the two countries.