Minister of State & Chief Executive of Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) Mr. Tariq Ikram spent a very busy day traversing between the cities of Austin and Houston, which are about 235 kilometers apart. He arrived in Houston on February 13th and was received at the Bush Intercontinental Airport by his host committee of the Pakistan Chamber of Commerce â€“ USA (PCC-USA): Mohammad Saeed Sheikh President 2008 and Rafique Jangdah, V.P.. He is on a Pakistan â€“ USA Trade Enhancement Mission and especially invited by PCC-USA.
Earlier next day, Minister Tariq Ikram traveled to Texas State Capitol Austin, to hold important luncheon meeting at the Austin Chamber of Commerce with five executives of world-class health companies, which are part of the Clinical Trial Network. Fruitful talks were held to expand the opportunities to bring world-class pharmaceutical products for the health sector in Pakistan.
Governor Perry accepted on principle that he will make another visit to Pakistan and this time as the Texas Trade Mission to Pakistan October 2008, the composition of which will be soon finalized by PCC-USA in collaboration with the Office of Secretary of Texas. Minister Ikram gave the greetings on behalf of Prime Minister of Pakistan Mian Mohammad Soomro and placed in front of Governor Perry various projects in Pakistan like Coal Mining, Off-Shoring, New Technologies in Aerospace and Private Sector Industrialization; Governor Perry showed keen interest in all of the positive prospects Pakistan has to offer and reiterated his enthusiasm about his intended October 2008 visit to Pakistan.
From the Governorâ€™s Office, the delegation went to meet State Secretary Phil Wilson, who said his office will make sure everything is well taken care as far as Texas Governor Trade Delegation October 2008 to Pakistan is concerned and that they are excited about working with PCC-USA to make sure that the intended visit will prove to be historic.
Minister Tariq Ikram will be spending further busy tour and his visit will culminate with participation in the Annual Banquet of PCC-USA, where Chief Guest is USA Senator from Texas Ms. Kay Bailey Hutchison. Stay Tuned for more reports soon.