UK interested to enhance trade with Pakistan: British High Commissioner

SIALKOT:,,, British High Commissioner in Pakistan Mr. Philip Barton has 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 said that the UK was very much keen to boost its mutual trade ties with Pakistan. Pakistan was in good position to enjoy all the benefits of the GSP Plus Status, besides, having the easy access to EU markets.

He stated this while addressing an important meeting of Sialkot business community held at Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) here Monday. SCCI President Sarfraz Bashir, SVP Mian Muhammad Anwar and VP Khawar Sapal were present on this occasion.

British High Commissioner discussed in detail 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. He also discussed the available investment opportunities and exploration of new avenues for investment. He announced that Deputy British High Commission would soon be opened in Lahore to facilitate the business community of Punjab there.

He 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 after the GSP Plus, opening new vistas of business opportunities for Pakistan. He said that 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.

Mr. Philip Barton said that the British government is committed to a long-term, productive and friendly partnership with Pakistan and he views Pakistan as a long-term strategic partner. The UK would continue to support all its endeavours aimed at expansion of trade relations between the two countries.

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

British 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.

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.

The 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 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.

Earlier, addressing a meeting of the surgical instruments manufacturers here, the British High Commissioner Mr. Philip Barton assured the surgical instruments manufacturers and exporters to motivate the British companies to import the Sialkot-made surgical instruments direct from Sialkot-Pakistan instead of purchasing these instruments indirectly from the other countries on inflated rates.

During his visit to several leading industrial units in Sialkot city here, the British Envoy witnessed the international standard craftsmanship of Sialkot based artisans. On this occasion, British High Commissioner said that the both countries have been enjoying good trade relations due to which the trade ties would be strengthened. He said that there were bright opportunities for setting up joint ventures with Pakistani businessmen in different trade fields.

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