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GEW: Pak-US Economic Terms Highlighted

KARACHI: US Consulate General here and local partners highlighted the US-Pakistan Economic Relationship during Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) celebrations.

According to details the US diplomatic mission in the Port City, in collaboration with local partners, celebrated GEW (14th till 20th of Nov, 2022).

The event was meant to promote the advancement of the Pakistani entrepreneurial ecosystem by convening various programs with entrepreneurs, startups, incubation centers, industry leaders, academia, youth, and journalists.

GEW is aimed at promoting entrepreneurship and encouraging new opportunities for investment, partnership, and collaboration to boost economies and address some of the world’s most pressing economic challenges.

US Mission Pakistan sponsored the Silicon Valley trainer and a professional speaker Oscar Garcia, founder and chief empowerment officer at Aspira, to join the celebrations here and Islamabad.

Silicon Valley trainer Oscar Garcia gave several interactive motivational sessions on pitching, professional branding, and career development during his time in Karachi.

Oscar Garcia spoke on, ‘The Art of Taking Risks and Building Resilience’ at National Incubation Center Karachi (NICK) at NED University where the packed room learned about the vision and patience it takes for businesses to succeed.

While talking to the promising Pakistani entrepreneurs at National Incubation Center Karachi, Consul General Nicole Theriot remarked, “This year marks 75 years of bilateral relations between the United States and Pakistan.

The United States values our long-standing cooperation with Pakistan and has always viewed a strong, prosperous, and democratic Pakistan as critical to US interests.

We support strengthening economic ties between our two countries by expanding private sector trade and investment, which benefits both countries.”

Garcia led a roundtable discussion with US Consulate Karachi officials, entrepreneurs, startups, and business journalists about the ‘Challenges and Opportunities in Pakistan’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem’.

To close a week of events, Oscar Garcia gave an interactive talk about ‘Sustainability in Start-Up Culture’ with the aspiring Pakistani entrepreneurs at Lincoln Corner Karachi where The Startup Lab! is located.

The StartUp Lab! is a one-of-a-kind space in Pakistan where any aspiring entrepreneur can turn their business idea into a reality using the latest technology and equipment for free.

Other events this week included an Access English Micro-scholarship program event at Lincoln Corner Pakistan American Cultural Center (PACC).

Over 200 students listened to alumni and US Consulate Karachi’s Information Officer, Krista Bustamante talk about entrepreneurship, the importance of hard work, finding a mentor, and building resilience at PACC.

The United States has been supporting Pakistani innovators, entrepreneurs, and students working to make a positive impact on their communities and the economy.

M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.