Health Conference in London

Event Held in The Four Seasons Hotel Mayfair. This event was hosted by the Chief Minister Punjab and Pakistan High Commission.

Preliminary Visit To Pakistan Before A High-Level Trade Mission

From 18th -26th May 2017

Following a successful inaugural trade conference, ‘Doing Business in Pakistan’ in Glasgow in mid-January, it was incumbent upon Pakistan Britain Business Council to engage with similar counterparts in Pakistan and to take the lead in not only promoting bilateral trade but more importantly to tackle the negative perception about Pakistan which is far from the reality as often perceived in the western media.

With an unmatched support from the Commercial Section of Pakistan High Commission in London and Manchester who assisted in organising meetings and the logistics in Pakistan; this empowered a Trade delegates which were led by Julian Hamilton Barns, Chairman of Pakistan Britain Business Council and Pakistan Scottish Business Council (PBBC & PSBC). The purpose of the preliminary visit to Pakistan, prior to taking out a high-level trade mission, was to conduct a fact-finding mission, given the economic situation of Pakistan as highlighted by independent economic expert suggests that Pakistan’s improved law and order situation had paved the way for investors, who now see Pakistan as a safe place to do business.

The visit covered three key locations commencing from the business capital of Karachi followed by cultural city of Lahore and finally the political capital of Islamabad.

Out of the three days in Karachi first day comprised of Julian Hamilton Barns being the guest of honour taking part in the traditional ceremony of ringing the bell to open the trading hall in the Pakistan Stock Exchange, this also included the visiting delegates to meet senior figures at the Pakistan Stock Exchange. The remaining two days were scheduled for meetings with number of key provincial government officials, business community, media outlets (HUM TV) and signing of two MOUs with Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce including the one with the Pakistan UK Business Council.

In Lahore, courtesy of Chief Minister of Punjab the visiting delegates spent three busy days attending the International Seminar on Business Opportunities in Punjab (ISBOP), held series of meetings with senior government officials including the Chief Minister on energy projects which ultimately lead to exchanging an MOU with the Punjab Board of Investment and Trade with a view to working closely on trade and investment prospects.  On the conclusion of the ISBOP a cultural evening of entertainment with extravagant dinner reception was presented at the Governor’s House.

The delegation’s final stop was the capital city of Islamabad. The delegation met with National Defence University staff to discuss collaboration opportunities in the field of Higher education and other areas of mutual interests. Much of the scheduled programme covered attending meetings with Islamabad Chambers of Commerce and Industries, British High Commission and calling on Commerce Secretary.

The overall trip to Pakistan was successful.