Oxford varsity hosts discussion on Pak-US ties, investment potential


Observer Report


Oxford University hosted a discussion on Pakistan’s relationship with the United States and its investment potential with Ambassador Ali J. Siddiqui, Pakistan’s Ambassador At-Large for Foreign Investment and former Ambassador to the United States.
The event hosted with Ambassador Siddiqui is a part of a series of talks designed to build cross-cultural dialogue and awareness by the Oxford South Asian Society. Previous talks from this series have hosted Rt. Hon. KP Sharma Oli – Prime Minister of Nepal and General Nasser Khan Janjua –former National Security Advisor of Pakistan among other notable leaders.
Ambassador Siddiqui shared his personal experience and insights of serving in two key positions within the Pakistan Government. He shed light on his role as the Ambassador to the United States during an especially precarious period that followed President Trump’s New Year tweet against Pakistan, and thediplomatic efforts that eventually opened doors to a better mutual relationship.The moderator acknowledged that many foreign policy experts have recognized Ambassador Siddiqui’s role in bringing Islamabad and DC closer in an exceptionally short period of time.
Speaking on his current role as the Ambassador At Large for Foreign Investment, Ambassador Siddiqui emphasized the Government’s efforts to manage Pakistan’s perception in the global business community. He said that Pakistan holds enormous investment potential that remains untapped.
Pakistan isimproving its image as an investment hub and looks towards building stronger ties with the developing world. He stated that recent events including an investment ofUSD 240 Millionby Hong Kong based Hutchinson Ports along with Pakistan’s28 spot jump in the Ease of Doing Business rankings is indicative ofgrowing investor confidence in the government.

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