London (August 03, 2018): Sahebzada Ahmed Khan, Pakistan High Commissioner to the United Kingdom (UK) has said that he was appointed here to serve his community.
While chairing the Consuls General Conference convened here at Pakistan High Commission, Sahebzada Ahmed Khan said that robust economic relations with British community facilitation and public engagement would be his top priorities.Pakistani Consuls General from Birmingham, Bradford, Manchester and Glasgow as well as the officers of the High Commission attended the Conference, a statement of the High Commission said.
The Conference covered a broad agenda including bilateral political and trade relations with the UK, improvements in efficient consular services delivery to the community, outreach to the diasporas with special focus on youth engagement and cultural and digital diplomacy.
The Consuls General apprised the High Commissioner of the functioning of their respective Consulates and outlined their plans for the future. They also informed about the matters related to the community. The High Commissioner gave the Consuls General an elaborate plan for the future.He said that robust economic relations with UK , community facilitation and public engagement would be his top priorities.
Sahebzada Ahmed Khan advised the Consuls General to step up their efforts to enhance bilateral trade with the UK and adopt a more proactive approach in attracting the Foreign Direct Investment to Pakistan, especially when there is a huge scope for it in the context of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
In this regard, he asked the Consuls General to enhance their interaction with the local Chambers of Commerce and Industry and big businesses. He particularly underscored the need for early scoping out the contours of Pakistan-UK economic and trade relations, post-Brexit.
The High Commissioner emphasized on raising awareness about the human rights violations and atrocities by the security forces in Indian Occupied Kashmir(IOK), in light of the recent ‘Report of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).
On youth engagement, the High Commissioner said he would be visiting various academic institutions to meet with the Pakistani students to initiate a discourse on matters of common interest.
He particularly emphasized on arranging sports and cultural events to engage with the youth.
It was a day-long Conference in which all important issues relating to the community and bilateral relations between Pakistan and the UK were discussed in detail.