UK Minister Alistair Burt visits Karachi

Islamabad: Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister, Alistair Burt, arrived in Karachi yesterday, 17 May, as a part of his visit to Pakistan.

During his visit Mr Burt met Governor of Sindh, Dr. Ishrat Ul Ebad Khan reinforcing the United Kingdom’s commitment to Pakistan. He met the British Business Community and Young Entrepreneurs. They discussed in the economic environment to enhance the UK-Pakistan bilateral trade relationship. Mr Burt also visited the Glaxo Smith-Kline Head Office to see the British Investment in Pakistan.

Earlier today, Mr Burt witnessed the beginning of a new partnership between Mobicare, a British medical company and the Sindh Ministry of Health which will help improve people’s access to health services and create hundreds of new jobs for Pakistanis.

Mr Burt said: “When the Prime Minister, David Cameron, visited Pakistan last month he made a commitment to increase the trade of goods and services between our two countries to £2.5bn by 2015. This is the reason why I have devoted half of my time on this visit to Pakistan to a business-focused programme in Karachi.

My visit here has shown me firsthand the successes that UK companies in Pakistan are experiencing, and the wide range of opportunities in the market. There is huge potential for the UK and Pakistan to develop its trade and investment relationship. The 100 or so British companies already operating in Pakistan are testament to this.

I was impressed by the advanced technology and the operation of Glaxo Smith-Klein, Pakistan’s largest pharmaceutical company. This is another great example of how a British company is provide opportunities and boosting the economy for the people of Pakistan, which is essential for a better future.”

For more information, contact:
George Sherriff
Press Attaché
British High Commission
Tel: +9251 201 2000