Ms Belinda Lewis, British Deputy High Commissioner, Karachi visited the OICCI on January 9, 2017, and shared with the OICCI CE/Secretary General that the Lord Mayor of London is scheduled to visit Pakistan later this month with a high powered business delegation to explore possible opportunities for British companies to invest in Pakistan, especially in the services sector, including in the areas of mortgages, long-term finance, inclusion of agriculture community, project management, accountancy, capital infrastructure.
OICCI Secretary General, M. Abdul Aleem, after a brief presentation, highlighting the achievements of the OICCI members and success stories of listed foreign investors, assured the Chamber’s full support to British High Commission and the potential British Investors for investment in Pakistan and apprised the BDHC about various business opportunities that can be of interest to British businesses. He expressed his opinion that it was the right time for the potential foreign investors to consider investment in Pakistan. The Secretary General suggested that the British companies should also establish direct contacts with business leaders/CEOs on a one to one basis to get first-hand knowledge of their experience in Pakistan to get a wider view of the good incentives and vast opportunities that Pakistan offers to foreign investors.
The BDHC also showed keen interest in CPEC related projects and explored the idea of how British companies could also contribute in the development of Pakistan. On a query by the SG she mentioned that the UK Export Corporation may offer financing for large projects in Pakistan. The visiting dignitary acknowledged the improvement of security situation in Karachi and informed that she regularly shares this information with the concerned persons in the British government.