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Lord Maude and Shahbaz Sharif host forum to build trade ties between UK and Pakistan

Trade and investment forum brings together political and business decision makers

Lord Maude, UK Minister for Trade and Investment and Shahbaz Sharif, Chief Minister of Punjab host a high profile a trade and investment forum in London on 2nd December.

The UK-Pakistan Energy and Infrastructure Forum will bring together key political and business decision makers to discuss high value investment and export opportunities between the UK and Pakistan.

Over 150 businesses from the UK, Pakistan and China will be at the event to discuss growing trade, investment and collaboration between the three countries. The event will focus on the energy and infrastructure sectors, where the UK and Pakistan have already established strong partnerships, and will also explore opportunities to secure investment and contracts in the China Pakistan Economic Corridor.

Lord Maude said:

I am delighted to host this trade forum with Chief Minister of Punjab, Shahbaz Sharif. Pakistan is an important partner for Britain and Punjab is a thriving province at its heart. There has never been a better time for British businesses to invest in Pakistan and I am confident this forum will build partnerships to create jobs and economic growth in both countries.

Over 100 British businesses currently operate in Pakistan whose growing economy is a key target market for the Government’s commitment to increase British exports. The Government recently launch a Prosperity Fund of £1.3 billion over the next five years to promote the economic reform and development needed for growth in partner countries, including Pakistan.

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