Vancouver, 13 July 2022 (TDI): Pakistan’s Consulate General in Vancouver, Canada met the President, and CEO of Burnaby Board of Trade, Paul Holden.
The Burnaby Board of Trade hosted the Sports Goods delegation from Pakistan & Trade Fair 2023. During the meeting, Officials including the Consul General, Janbaz Khan discussed increasing trade between Pakistan and Canada.
Pleasure meeting Paul Holden President & CEO of Burnaby Board of Trade, had deliberations to increase Trade between #Pakistan 🇵🇰 & #Burnaby #Canada🇨🇦, Sports Goods delegation from Pakistan & Trade Fair 2023@tdap_official@BurnabyBOT @PakinCanada_ @zjanjua @gilmour_wendy @PPwcta pic.twitter.com/5dkxS1IaR5
— Pakistan Consulate General Vancouver (@PakinVancouver) July 11, 2022
Canada-Pakistan Bilateral Relations
Canada established diplomatic relations with Pakistan in 1947, following its independence and both countries share good relations.
Also, Pakistan’s Acting High Commissioner to Canada, Shahbaz Malik lauded Canada’s ‘invaluable support’ to Pakistan during the Covid-19 pandemic.
In line with this, Malik displayed confidence that bilateral relations between both countries would expand further. That is, including a full spectrum of political, economic, security, and cultural arenas for the mutual benefit of Pakistan and Canada and their people.
Furthermore, Canada pursues numerous interests in its bilateral relations with Pakistan including people-to-people links, governance, and democracy.
As well as human rights, climate change, development assistance, regional security and defense, transnational crime, and trade and investment.
Both countries continue to increase their relations for example in their bilateral trade relations. Most importantly, people-to-people links between the two countries remain strong.
Canada’s Assistant Deputy Minister for Global Affairs, Paul Thoppil described the economic relationship between the states as positive and appreciated the growth in bilateral trade.
This year in March, a framework between Canada and Pakistan was signed by Canada’s Barrack Gold for relaunching the Reko Diq mining project in Pakistan.
Minister Thoppil viewed the project as having the potential for Canada to be part of the largest foreign investors in Pakistan.
In recent years there has also been a significant increase in high-level engagements between both countries which includes meetings in Lahore between Canadian Representatives and the Canadian Trade Commissioner.
More to this, the two countries also participate on the international stage as members of the United Nations. Therefore, both countries have a long history of important contributions to peacekeeping.