Member of UK House of Lords Baroness Nosheena Mobarik has said that the British government is committed to a long-term, productive and friendly partnership with Pakistan.

She was talking to the LCCI President Ijaz A. Mumtaz here at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry on Saturday. She said that the United Kingdom views Pakistan as a long-term strategic partner and would continue to support all its endeavors aimed at expansion of trade relations between the two countries. She said that British entrepreneurs working in Pakistan were having continued interest to work and safeguard their businesses and were looking forward to opportunities to further increase their operations by expanding existing projects and explore new avenues for investment.

She said that British businessmen admire Pakistani labour force because of their intelligence and hard work which is one of the greatest strength of Pakistan.

Speaking on the occasion, the LCCI President Ijaz A. Mumtaz called for concrete steps to enhance diversified strategic partnership between Pakistan and United Kingdom.

He said that strengthening of relations with the UK is a cornerstone of Pakistan’s foreign policy as Pakistan views the United Kingdom as an important member of the European Union.

He said that the volume of total two-way trade can easily break the barrier of US$2 billion if some further avenues of trade are explored with the joint efforts by both the sides.

He said that the UK is known to have expertise in agriculture sciences that provides specific insight and technologies into the sub-fields like crop genetics, sustainable pest and disease management, seed and plant sciences, composts & synthetic soils etc. “We do need your technical help and guidance to make the most of our available agriculture resources and also develop much required agriculture-industry linkage.”

The LCCI President said that Pakistan has great potential in Mines and Minerals development, as important minerals found in Pakistan are iron ores, limestone, chromites, silver, gold, gems stones, marble, copper, graphite etc. He urged the British investors to explore the untapped potential of this sector which will surely result in win-win situation for all.