Greater Manchester Chamber Strengthens Trade Ties with Pakistan

Date: 02/03/2021
Author: Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce
Company: Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce has signed a Partnership Agreement with the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI) to improve trade and investment links.

The agreement commits both sides to specific objectives to promote and encourage business, trade and investment, including modernising trade marketing practices, increasing bilateral trade and accelerating the pace of bilateral investments and new ventures. 

The signing of the agreement comes as businesses in Greater Manchester look for new post-Brexit trade opportunities around the world.

The virtual signing ceremony (pictured) was attended by leading figures from Pakistan and the UK, including Nasser Hayat Maggo, President of FPCCI; Clive Memmott, Chief Executive of Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce; Tariq Wazir, Consul General, Consulate of Pakistan in Manchester, and Mike Nithavrianakis, British Deputy High Commissioner in Karachi.

During the meeting, speakers highlighted existing trade and investment links, as well as the strong cultural ties through the British-Asian communities in the North West, but they also stressed that there were many more opportunities to expand business between the two countries.

The president of FPCCI, Nasser Hayat Maggo, expressed his earnest desire to strengthen business and trade relationships between Pakistan and the UK through such decisive and transformational agreements and collaborative endeavours.

Clive Memmott, Chief Executive of Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, said: “I’m delighted to have signed this agreement with the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry. It will build on the strong ties Greater Manchester already has with Pakistan and encourage more local companies to do business there.

“However, this agreement is not just about trade and investment opportunities, but also lobbying to remove obstacles to trade, which is key in the Post-Brexit world.”

One of the first steps in the new partnership between Greater Manchester Chamber and FPCCI will be in a joint event to be held 19th May. If you would like more information on this event or about trade opportunities in Pakistan, please email exportbritain@gmchamber.co.uk.

Key Trade Facts (sourced from the ONS)

  • In 2019, North West Trade to Pakistan totalled £463million, with over 1700 businesses trading with Pakistan, of which 906 were based in Greater Manchester
  • The North West’s Trade Balance is negative, meaning the region is exporting far less to Pakistan than it is importing.
  • Exports were worth £60 million. Greater Manchester is the largest exporter in the North West, accounting for 45% of the total North West exports to Pakistan, although exports did not grow in the 2016-2019 period.
  • Imports were worth £403million. Greater Manchester is also the largest importer, accounting for 72% of the total imports in the North West from Pakistan. Imports grew over 12% in the 2016-2019 period.