Islamabad: The Foreign Minister of Pakistan Ms Hina Rabbani Khar said that the talks with the British side have been very useful and covered every aspect of the bilateral relations. The interaction she said has greatly helped to establish still better ties among the two friendly countries. The understanding reached at, she added would further open up avenues for strengthening the economic relations. says a press release received here today from London.
The Minister was addressing the gathering at the reception hosted in her honour by the High Commissioner of Pakistan in UK Mr Wajid Shamsul Hassan here at the High Commission last evening. The event also included an Exhibition arranged by AHAN (Aik Hunar Aik Nagar) in which handicrafts and local products of various regions of Pakistan were displayed.
The Minister mentioned that tremendous opportunities of investment were available in Pakistan both for the British and Pakistani expatriates. Pakistan has introduced business friendly policies and created conducive conditions for foreign investors.
She mentioned about the energy needs of the country and invited the investors in this sector. The economic development she said is directly linked with the availability of additional energy sources for which the government is making all out efforts.
The Minister hoped AHAN initiative would help promote the Pakistani handicrafts in the UK. Such Exhibitions she added also help to introduce the socio-cultural aspects of our society. She urged the big business to help promote Aik Hunar Aik Nagar initiative as it would directly uplift the socio-economic status of the poor living in the rural areas of Pakistan.
Aik Hunar Aik Nagar (AHAN) is working as a not for profit company under Ministry of Industries and Production, Government of Pakistan (GOP). The concept of AHAN is based on OVOP (One Village One Product) model prevalent in Japan, Thailand and other far eastern countries.
AHAN takes various initiatives for rural micro and small enterprise modernization leading to creation and diversification of sustainable income earning opportunities. Through such initiative AHAN provides support to poor producer groups, craft persons and artisans. AHAN also facilitates them in product development, quality assurance, marketing and technological up-gradation.
AHAN seeks to modernize micro and small enterprises in rural and peri-urban areas through creation and diversification of sustainable income earning opportunities particularly for landless, women and wage earners.
Earlier while welcoming the Minister the High Commissioner said that Pakistan UK relations are an example of mutual understanding and trust. He said Pakistan is very appreciative of the UK’s support for Pakistan in overcoming challenges in economic, trade, and education sectors.
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