Youth engagement would be the focus of the High Commission and its four Consulates during 2018. This was stated by H.E. Syed Ibne Abbas, Pakistan High Commissioner to the UK while chairing the “Consuls General Conference” at the High Commission on 08 December 2017. The Conference was attended by Consuls General of Pakistan in Birmingham, Bradford, Glasgow and Manchester as well as the officers of the High Commission.
The purpose of the Conference was to review the implementation status of the decisions made during the last Conference and set out goals and targets for the next year. A wide range of issues pertaining to the Consulates of Pakistan came under discussion, including administrative and consular matters; community outreach initiatives; cultural, sports and literary activities; and economic diplomacy with special focus on enhancing trade and promoting investment in Pakistan.
The High Commissioner said: ” The year 2017 was the year of celebrations of the 70th Independence Anniversary of Pakistan during which we showcased our rich culture and heritage in a series of activities which concluded at the installation of the bust of the Quaid-i-Azam at the Lincoln’s Inn. We would be focusing on youth engagement during the year 2018.”
The High Commissioner said he would be visiting various academic institutions to meet with the Pakistani students to further encourage them to make the best of the available educational and career opportunities in this country. He would also brief them about the enormous opportunities for educated youth in Pakistan. The High Commissioner directed the Consuls General to do the same in their areas of jurisdiction. He particularly emphasized on arranging sports and cultural events to engage with the youth.
The Consuls General apprised the High Commissioner of the performance of their respective Consulates during the year and outlined their plans for the next year. They also discussed the issues and challenges faced by the Consulates and sought guidance from the High Commissioner, who gave them elaborate guidelines for the future with special emphasis on community facilitation.
The High Commissioner advised the Consuls General to step up their efforts to enhance bilateral trade and adopt a more proactive approach in attracting the foreign investment to Pakistan, especially when there is huge scope for it in the context of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). In this regard, he asked the Consuls General to enhance their interaction with the local Chambers of Commerce and Industry. The High Commissioner said the year 2017 was important in the sense that several high level visits of the British leadership to Pakistan took place during this year including the very successful visit of Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.
It was a day-long Conference in which all important issues relating to the community and bilateral relations between Pakistan and the UK were discussed in detail.