U.S. Ambassador Delivers Closing Remarks at the U.S. – Pakistan Business Opportunities Conference

Islamabad, March 11, 2015

U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan Richard G. Olson joined Commerce Minister Khurram Dastgir and Commerce Secretary Shazad Arbab at the closing ceremony of the third U.S.-Pakistan Business Opportunities Conference. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker served as the U.S. Head of Delegation and opened the two-day Conference on March 10.

Ambassador Olson said, “While today marks the conclusion of the conference, hopefully it is also the beginning of new business relationships, professional collaborations, and investments. May the connections you have made here continue to flourish.” He re-affirmed the commitment of the United States, saying, “we are advancing our shared goals in support of peace, prosperity, and stability for Pakistan, the United States, and this entire region. We will continue to work with the government and with all of you to realize the full economic potential of Pakistan.” Ambassador Olson also noted that the presence of U.S. Commerce Secretary Pritzker underscored the seriousness of the United States’ commitment to building a stronger economic relationship with Pakistan.

More than 300 conference participants attended presentations regarding investment opportunities and financing options in Pakistan. The conference featured testimonials from U.S. and Pakistani companies regarding the Pakistani business climate. U.S. and Pakistani companies from various sectors were represented, including textiles, agriculture, information and communication technology (ICT), healthcare, energy, and infrastructure. The conference also featured a roundtable discussion for women entrepreneurs, highlighting the importance of integrating more women into the economy.