Mutual interest: British high commissioner seeks improved trade links

Thomas Drew discusses ways to improve existing trade between UK and Pakistan

Our Correspondent April 12, 2016
A file photo of British High Commissioner Thomas Drew. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: The new British High Commissioner, Thomas Drew, met members of the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industries at his residence on Tuesday.

During the meeting, the high commissioner discussed ways to improve existing trade links between the UK and Pakistan. The delegation was headed by ICCI President Atif Ikram Sheikh, and included other high profile figures from Islamabad’s business community.

Speaking after the meeting, Drew said that, “Strengthening trade and investment ties between the UK and Pakistan is one of my top priorities. During my short time in Pakistan, I have already seen good examples from Karachi to Islamabad of British investment in a variety of sectors.”

He said the business relationship between the UK and Pakistan is important to the prosperity of both our countries. “There are already a large number of British companies operating in Pakistan today, with many more working here through Pakistani agents and distributors. Part of my role is to stimulate more business in both directions. The newly launched British Business Centre will be a great asset in doing so,” he added.

He added that the increased levels of security in the country in the wake of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor projects, as well as growing UK-Pakistan business links, all lay the foundations for a transformation within Pakistan’s business sector.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 13th, 2016.