Pakistan’s chapter of CPACT (Canada Pakistan Affiliated Chamber of Trade) was formally launched in the presence of His Excellency, Perry Calderwood, Canadian High Commissioner, at a function hosted by Mr. Ali Malik (President CPACT Pakistan) in Islamabad on April 10th, 2018. The function was attended by Senator Sitara Ayaz, MNA Sajida Zulfikar, MPA Malik Ali Khokhar, Hayee Bokhari (Founder CPACT) and Ms. Sadia Sajid (Founder SAWAC). Prominent TV, movie and stage actor, Mr. Zahid Ahmed also attended the event and was presented as the official spokesperson of CPACT.
CPACT is an endeavor by like-minded professionals to promote, study, extend, advance and protect business relations, investments and interests of the Business Fraternity and to become the trusted voice, primary point of contact and preferred networking forum for executives doing business between Pakistan and Canada and to protect Pakistani and Canadian Values in social and Business platforms. While speaking at the event, H.E. Calderwood said that “Pakistan has very talented professionals and a lucrative business environment, which is mutually beneficial for both countries.” He added that he looked forward to the support that CPACT will provide in helping to promote businesses and the well-being of both countries through multiple networking platforms and people to people contact. Mr. Hayee Bokhari mentioned the need for strengthening the relationship between the Canadian and Pakistani business communities and voiced his expectation for a progressive collaboration with business and government to promote trade.
Mr. Zahid Ahmad spoke at length about how the media forums were changing in the age of Netflix and Video on Demand and therefore enhanced cultural collaboration is vital at this stage. Mr. Ali Malik mentioned that with the launch of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor, this was the perfect time for CPACT to launch and hopefully provide trade opportunities to the vibrant business communities of the two countries. In the coming days, CPACT will focus its efforts to growing economic and business relations between Canada and Pakistan to promote business development which is mutually beneficial, cross-culturally diverse and growth-driven and strives to help others rise so that we as a community may outshine even the stars.