US calls on companies to rebuild Pakistan

The US ambassador to Pakistan on Wednesday encouraged US companies to invest in reconstruction of the country, saying it will have vast needs after its worst-ever floods.

“Perhaps it’s a little insensitive to talk about this now, but I do want to mention that I think this will provide opportunities for American business as we try to build back better,” Ambassador Anne Patterson told companies.

Patterson, speaking on a conference call arranged by the US Chamber of Commerce, said the extent of the damage was still unclear but that Pakistan would have major needs, including reviving its battered agriculture sector.

Pakistan’s worst humanitarian catastrophe has affected more than 17 million people.