ISLAMABAD: The United Kingdom is interested to support Pakistan in education sector and contribute positively for its economic development, said Ms. Yasmin Qureshi, Pakistani-origin Member, British Parliament.
She was addressing at a function hosted in her honour by President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Zafar Bakhtawari here.
She said Pakistan should focus on economic empowerment of women as women have the potential to play a crucial role for the development of its national economy.
She said the government should encourage women towards entrepreneurship and facilitate them by providing loans for starting small businesses like cottage industry etc.
She said ending gender discrimination and enhancing women participation in the economic activities was the way forward for Pakistan to realize its full economic potential.
She said no nation could develop without equipping its human resource with proper education and the UK is quite serious to cooperate with Pakistan in education sector.
Yasmin Qureshi said, as member of British Parliament, she would play her role for grant of GSP Plus status by Europe to Pakistan so that its products could get enhanced access to the European market.
She said she was proud to be a Pakistani and would work for further strengthening Pak-UK bilateral trade and economic relations.
Speaking on the occasion, Zafar Bakhtawari lauded the services of Yasmin Qureshi and appreciated the support of the UK for grant of GSP plus to Pakistan by the European countries.
He said grant of GSP plus by Europe to Pakistan would open new avenues for export of Pakistani textile products to the huge European market.
He expressed the hope that Yasmin Qureshi would continue to promote Pakistan’s economic interests in the UK and play her role for bringing the two countries further closer in all areas of mutual cooperation.