Canada Pakistan Business Council (CPBC) hosted a dinner in honour of Canadian High Commissioner to Pakistan, Hon. Wendy Gilmour during her recent visit to Toronto.
Ms. Gilmour appreciated the contribution of CPBC for enhancement of trade between Canada & Pakistan. She named CPBC as being highlighted as one of the leading Canadian Business Organizations, hence she made an extra effort to meet President CPBC during his visit to Pakistan in December. The new post of Senior Trade Commissioner has been established in the High Commission to increase bilateral trade, identify opportunities for exports and joint ventures.
She further stated that the High Commission is creating opportunities for youth education, access to jobs and skills. She clearly mentioned that as a High Commissioner she has no direct role in facilitating visas, temporary and permanent residence.The event was at the Heintzman House located in the historical city of Thornhill and attended by prominent personnel from different walks of life and diverse backgrounds. Her Excellency’s visit to Toronto coincided with the soft launch of CPBC’s “Market Diversification Plan”.
Her visit was a result of Mr. Dossal’s preliminary meeting in December with the Canadian High Commission actively supporting the CPBC ICT delegation on the ground. CPBC was pleased to note the direction and approach by the Canadian High Commissioner to reach out to various business hubs and engage in dialogue with various business and trade bodies throughout Pakistan.
CPBC will be pleased to facilitate their initiatives through their existing partnerships and MOU’s with various epic trade bodies in Pakistan. Visa issuances have always been a concern and was a topic of discussion, CPBC and High Commission will continue to raise these issues at the appropriate government levels. CPBC also updated the HC of the specific initiatives and projects CPBC is supporting, whether in infrastructure development, ICT, Power Generation or other trading opportunities.
Furthermore, ministerial exchanges are most essential to the great relations that Canada and Pakistan have enjoyed since the creation of Pakistan. Canada has since shown support and been a great friend and an ally. We are appreciative that the Travel Advisory has been positively
reviewed in the recent past. We are confident that it will be further reviewed to make it more realistic. It was mutually discussed that appropriate exchanges at the highest level including the next bilateral talks are expected to further establish the positive direction in bilateral relations.