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US Envoy strengthens Pak-US Economic Partnership

KARACHI: US Ambassador Donald Blome visited the Port City 17-18 November (2022) to underscore the strong ties between the United States and Pakistan and to further strengthen the robust economic partnership and public health cooperation.

During his visit, Ambassador Blome met representatives of the American Business Council, Agha Khan University Hospital, and a KFC-funded School for the Deaf to witness the many ways the countries continue to build a strong partnership.

In his meetings with industry leaders at the American Business Council, Ambassador Blome discussed how the United States and Pakistan could facilitate broad-based, equitable, and sustainable economic growth for both nations.

Ambassador Blome commented: “I am committed to boosting bilateral trade and investment, especially through a new framework called the US-Pakistan Green Alliance that seeks to promote climate-smart agriculture and private sector-led growth in Pakistan.” 

The United States is Pakistan’s largest bilateral trade partner and one of its largest sources of foreign direct investment, with US investment in Pakistan increasing more than 50 percent in the past year.

Ambassador Blome also met Aga Khan University Hospital leadership where he learned about their operations and toured the facilities.

In 2012, the US Development Finance Corporation provided a $30 million loan to expand Agha Khan’s hospital and healthcare facilities.

The US remains committed to expanding healthcare cooperation with Pakistan.

Ambassador Blome visited a KFC-funded school for the Deaf community and ate lunch at one of the KFC establishments that hires differently abled workers.

He was impressed to see that KFC not only donated to the flood-relief efforts, but that it is taking corporate responsibility to heart by creating meaningful job opportunities for the hard-of-hearing and leading the way on inclusivity.

The United States government has contributed $97 million to flood-relief efforts to date, while the U.S. private sector and U.S. citizens have separately donated more than$32 million.

The US government is dedicated to expanding the full range of the US-Pakistan relationship including education, people-to-people ties,  clean energy, and health-related cooperation.

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.

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