Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has invited British investors to take full advantage of investment opportunities arising through the multi-billion dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects.
“The CPEC has opened doors for foreign investment in Pakistan,” he was quoted as saying during a lunch hosted to honour London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who arrived in the country earlier in the day through the Wagah border. The delegation was received by Lahore Mayor Colonel (retd) Mubashir.
“It was a pleasure to host Mayor of London @SadiqKhan (who speaks Urdu really well) & his delegation in Lahore. Had a thorough discussion on promoting trade and investment between our two countries. The UK-Pakistan partnership continues to deepen with passage of time,” CM Sharif tweeted.
British High Commissioner Thomas Drew, London Deputy Mayor for Business Rajesh Agarwal and a large number of British officials and investors attended the lunch hosted by the Punjab chief minister.
Khan expressed gratitude for the warm welcome accorded to the visitors, saying London and Lahore enjoyed very good ties.
He said he was happy to visit the country of his ancestors, and proud that his father was a Pakistani.
“Pakistan has a bright future in international market… it can cement it place in London and other international economies,” he said.
The British delegation also thanked the provincial government for the warm welcome and hospitality.
Punjab, under Shehbaz’s leadership, presented great business opportunities, a delegation member said. “CM Sharif has taken exemplary steps for the progress of Punjab,” he added.
Speaking on the occasion, Shehbaz said the Punjab government wanted to extend cooperation in public transport, sanitation and traffic departments with Britain so people of the two sides were benefitted.
Speaking about his government’s achievements, Shehbaz said by maintaining high standards and transparency in power generation projects, billions have been saved from the national resources.
Appreciating British cooperation, he said accomplishments were achieved in education, health and skill development in Punjab.
Earlier this week, Khan visited India where he met top businessmen and celebrities of the country.