Islamabad: Lord Green, British Minister for Trade and Investment and Baroness Saeeda Warsi called on Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani at PM’s House here today.
The Prime Minister appreciated the UK’s support in the European Union for GSP plus scheme for Pakistan so that its exports to the European Union could increase substantially.
The Prime Minister said that the UK’s assistance to the earthquake victims and the flood affectees was commendable as it helped mitigate their sufferings. The Prime Minister said that the British assistance in the field of Primary Education and Industry was exemplary as UK is the second largest investor in Pakistan.
The Prime Minister said that Pakistan wanted to enhance strategic partnership with UK and also to expand the trade relations to new heights for which conducive environment existed between the two countries.
He highlighted the importance of activating the bilateral business and investment fora between the countries and exchange of business and investment delegations to accelerate economic activity.
The Prime Minister said that he was looking forward to his visit to the United Kingdom in the month of April to meet the British leadership and the business community there.
The Prime Minister also appreciated the UK’s support in the Benazir Income Support Programme which targets is the country’s largest social safety net meant to target women and the poor of the poor.
The Prime Minister asked Lord Green to convey his best wishes to the British Prime Minister.
Lord Green said that Pakistan and UK had extensive cooperation in many fields ranging from trade, culture, education and defense. He said that he would show-case Pakistan to the UK’s businessmen. He said that he would be going to Karachi and would meet the businessmen there with a view to further enhance trade between the two countries.
Makhdoom Amin Fahim, Minister for Commerce, Dr. Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, Minister for Finance, Mir Israrullah Zehri, Minister for National Food Security, Mr. Saleem Mandviwala, Chairman BOI and other government officials were present during the meeting.
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