In March, I was part of the first trade delegation from the United Kingdom to Pakistan in six years. One of my most vivid memories is the final evening of the tour as delegate after delegate recounted impressions of their first visit to Pakistan. Yes there were challenges but the hospitality, opportunity and resilience exceeded all expectations. Fast forward six months and the same reaction came from members of the mainly UK delegation on the mining sector here. And only a few weeks ago fashion buyers from Ireland and Australia were so taken with the opportunity and potential here that they resolved to take Pakistan to Sydney Fashion Week in May 2012.


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