ISLAMABAD: British Excessive Commissioner to Pakistan Dr Christian Turner has mentioned that bilateral commerce with Pakistan can be doubled by the following 12 months 2025 and on this regard, a consensus between the 2 governments was within the making.
The UK (UK) is Pakistan’s third-largest world commerce companion, with Pakistan’s exports reaching $2.1billion on the finish of final fiscal 12 months, Turner mentioned whereas speaking to APP on the birthday ceremony of Queen Elizabeth-II right here on Sunday.
The British excessive commissioner mentioned that Pakistan was an essential financial and buying and selling companion of the UK and each the international locations had a decades-long relationship.
He mentioned that the UK Embassy in Islamabad was all the time facilitating visas and different immigration points and, final 12 months, the UK issued a document variety of visas to Pakistanis.
He mentioned that the visa course of was being made simpler for the enterprise group and other people, which might improve bilateral financial ties and people-to-people contacts.
Dr Turner mentioned that the 1.6 million Pakistani expatriates dwelling within the UK have been a serious supply of strengthening relationships between the individuals of each international locations. “Pakistanis dwelling within the UK are enjoying a significant position within the financial, commerce, diplomatic and social actions of the 2 international locations,” he mentioned.
The excessive commissioner mentioned that round 100,000 British residents have been dwelling in Pakistan, belonging to totally different sectors, together with commerce. He mentioned that the UK would prolong full cooperation to Pakistan in schooling and different fields with regard to the youth.
The excessive commissioner additional mentioned that the educated and expert youth would play a dynamic position within the financial growth of Pakistan and strengthen Pakistan-UK relations.
Dr Turner added that the relations between Pakistan and the UK had grow to be enthusiastic with historic and cultural ties, which have been getting stronger day-to-day.