New York, 24 September 2023 (TDI): The delegation of the Association of Physicians of Pakistani-descent of North America (APPNA) called on the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Anwar-ul-Haq Kakar on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly 78th session, on September 21.
The Prime Minister appreciated APPNA’s social welfare, educational, and medical relief missions, and programmes in Pakistan.
He also commended President Dr. Arshad Rehan for APPNA’s positive role in spearheading the message of unity and solidarity among the Pakistani-American community.
He extended an invitation to APPNA to make investments in Pakistan’s health tourism, medical and paramedical education, training, and skill development industries.
The Caretaker Prime Minister reaffirmed that Pakistan’s over one million strong Pakistani-American population constituted a valuable asset and stated that the nation had adequately acknowledged their contribution to its progress.
Through their remittances, investments, and charity activities, he expressed optimism that the Pakistani-American diaspora will continue to support Pakistan’s socio-economic development.
The Caretaker Prime Minister claimed that the diaspora served as Pakistan’s representative in the US and served as a crucial link in the development of Pakistan-US relations.
He assured the APPNA team that the Pakistani diaspora will receive support anywhere in the world. The government’s primary aim, according to the Prime Minister, is to draw foreign capital into all areas of Pakistan’s economy.
In order to establish a business-friendly climate, he claimed that Pakistan’s primary objective is to draw foreign investments into all areas of the economy.
The team thanked the Prime Minister for the invitation and informed him about the APPNA’s ongoing efforts in Pakistan’s social welfare, educational, and medical fields.
US-Pakistan Business Council (USPBC)
The same day, the Prime Minister met with a US-Pakistan Business Council (USPBC) team. Esperanza Jelalian, President of USPBC, congratulated the Caretaker Prime Minister on taking office.
She also assured that USPBC will continue to work with the Pakistani government to find methods to improve collaboration that would be advantageous to both parties.
The Prime Minister asked the US corporate sector to look into methods and means to further strengthen its connection with Pakistan at a separate meeting with a team from the US-Pakistan Business Council (USPBC).
They also emphasized the need to encourage Pakistani doctors, physicians, and other healthcare professionals working in the US as well as the promotion of investment in Pakistan’s healthcare industries.
He pointed out areas where US businesses may increase their investments in Pakistan, including agriculture, fintech, pharmaceuticals and health, and digital banking.
Esperanza Jelalian promised to keep in touch with the Pakistani administration in order to look for methods to improve collaboration that would be advantageous to both parties.
Prime Minister emphasized that the government supports a no-holds-barred foreign investment regime and stated that this is why they established the Special Investment Facilitation Council (SIFC).
This council’s mission is to assist foreign investors, boost their confidence, and speed up project implementation in priority industries like mining, energy, and information technology.