During Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani’s five-day state visit to Britain in May, David Cameron, the British Prime Minister categorically stated that the UK will be an “enduring friend” to the government and the people of Pakistan and vowed to build a “deeper and stronger relationship”.
Both countries also vowed to strengthen bilateral trade to £2.5 billion by 2015 as part of a jointly-owned, “Pakistan-UK Trade and Investment Roadmap” to actively pursue joint activities on trade and investment promotion.
“Both countries are committed to working together as equals to create conditions for greater prosperity and security in Pakistan and the UK,” said a joint-statement by the prime ministers.
Regarding democracy, the joint-statement noted it was an “important time for Pakistan” and the current government was the “longestserving civilian government in the country’s history”.
The roadmap aims at creating a UKPakistan Chamber of Commerce in Pakistan to complement existing trade bodies in the UK and to develop business ties with such entities.
The UK companies have been urged to look at the opportunities that Pakistani markets present and build on the success of the over 100 UK-based companies already engaged in business with Pakistan.
Prime Minister Gilani pledged the Pakistan government’s full support in ensuring an enabling business environment to attract and sustain UK trade with, and investment in, Pakistan.
Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani with
Prime Minister David Cameron.