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British High Commissioner highlights Karachi's potential

Thomas Drew CMG, discussed a range of bilateral issues in his meetings with Dr Ishrat Ul Ibad Khan, the Governor of Sindh, and Syed Qaim Ali Shah, the Chief Minister of Sindh.

The British High Commissioner-designate, Thomas Drew CMG,visited Karachi, returned to the city for the first time since he was last here in 2007 and for the first time in his new role. He held meetings with a wide range of people from the worlds of business, media and politics.

The High Commissioner-designate discussed a range of bilateral issues in his meetings with Dr Ishrat Ul Ibad Khan, the Governor of Sindh, and Syed Qaim Ali Shah, the Chief Minister of Sindh.

His business engagements included a meeting with Muneer Kamal, Chairman of the Pakistan Stock Exchange, and a visit to GlaxoSmithKline, one of Britain’ leading pharmaceutical companies, meeting country CEO, Aziz Ul-Haq, and his leadership team at their S.I.T.E factory. He also hosted dinner from some of Karachi’s leading businessmen and women at the British Deputy High Commission in Karachi.

Speaking on the first day of his visit, British High Commissioner-designate, Thomas Drew CMG, said:

I am delighted to return to Karachi, as British High Commissioner. I found the city buzzing with energy.

Karachi is the world’s 6th largest city. With an improving security situation and growing investor confidence, it has the potential to become one of the world’s economic power houses, and an engine of growth for Pakistan as a whole.

Karachi will be central to the British Government’s work in Pakistan throughout my time as High Commissioner. I look forward to building in Karachi on the strong human, cultural, economic and political links that characterise Britain’s relationship with the whole of Pakistan.

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