UK Press Release – British Business Centre established in Pakistan

BRITISH BUSINESS CENTRE DRIVES BILATERAL TRADE BETWEEN UK AND PAKISTAN

The first British Business Centre has been launched in Karachi today, at its new home at the British Deputy High Commission. The centre will work with UK Trade and Investment to help UK and Pakistani companies develop and build business links and opportunities, to help increase trade between the two countries.

The British Business Centre was officially launched by The Honorable Khurram Dastgir Khan, Federal Minister for ‪Commerce, Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, at a reception held today at the British Deputy High Commission, Karachi.

The opening of the British Business Centre will significantly increase the support available to UK and Pakistani companies. In addition to providing a base for visiting UK companies, the Centre will offer UK and Pakistani member companies’ access to a growing number of services including market research, business opportunity promotion, event management, networking opportunities and bespoke professional and sector specific services.

Malahat Awan will be the new Chief Executive Officer of the British Business Centre. Ms Awan brings with her over 20 years of management experience working in organisations such as the Asian Development Bank, UNDP, British Council and the British High Commission.

At the launch, Mr Khurram Dastgir Khan, Federal Minister for ‪Commerce, Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan said:

I am honoured and delighted to come here today and launch the British Business Centre in Pakistan. The bilateral trade and investment relationship between the two countries is of great significance to the Government of Pakistan. With the help of the UK Government, we encourage and invite other British exporters and investors to come and see firsthand the opportunities that Pakistan has to offer.”

British Deputy High Commissioner and UK Trade Champion, John A. Tucknott MBE said:

The United Kingdom and Pakistan already enjoy a strong relationship. The British Business Centre will help deepen that relationship in the key area of prosperity. Its goal is to contribute to an increase in bilateral trade and investment, in line with the commitments given by Prime Ministers David Cameron and Nawaz Sharif when they met in London in April 2014.This is a great opportunity for UK companies to use this base to expand their business operations in Pakistan and vice versa.”

Malahat Awan, Chief Executive of the British Business Centre, said:

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to lead and shape an organisation that will play a vital long-term role in helping increase the trade between the UK and Pakistan. The British Business Centre will give UK and Pakistani companies a cost-effective, in-country physical resource to facilitate faster access to the information and expertise necessary to achieve business success in Pakistan and the UK. The Centre’s team looks forward to working with UK and Pakistani companies seeking new opportunities to grow their businesses.”

For further information on the British Business Centre, including how to become a member, please contact the British Deputy High Commission in Karachi or visit www.bbcpk.org

Contact: Press Department, British Deputy High Commission, Karachi; tel. 021-3-5827000