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Karachi, April 14, 2014: American Business Forum (ABF) held its 4th annual dinner at Pearl Continental, Lahore on April 12, 2014. The event was graced by H.E. Mamnoon Hussain, President, Islamic Republic of Pakistan as the Chief Guest of the evening. The event was attended by more than 400 people that included; key government officials, politicians, prominent businessmen, media personnel, local dignitaries and ABF Members.
ABF is a high level platform for facilitating American Businesses in Pakistan to understand the business challenges in the country. The Forum consists of more than 40 US based companies, franchisees, consultants, vendors, auditors and associates. The ABF is a significant contributor to the socio-economic growth of Pakistan.
H.E. Mamnoon Hussain, President, Islamic Republic of Pakistan stated “Pakistan indeed is a land of opportunities, especially as it is the 6th largest market in the world, in terms of population. How you now venture forth to overcome the challenges and further grow your businesses, is what ABF needs to focus on. And as your businesses grow, do always keep in mind the great American tradition of business being for the benefit of the larger society. The equation is quite simple. The more business strengthens society, the more it can grow itself.”
Speaking at the event, Mr. Rizwan Ullah Khan, President, ABF, stated “Our vision is to be a leading advocacy forumin Pakistan focusing on socio-economic opportunities and developing bilateral linkages between people, businesses and governments. We as an organization appreciate the Government’s effort for taking some strict measures for improving the state of the economy, and for taking concrete actions to tackle the energy crisis to improve the business environment in Pakistan”.
ABF focuses in 5 key areas: Environment, Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), Poverty Elevation, Tax generation and more investment opportunities and Energy solutions. ABF liaises with different governments, businesses and different diplomatic corps.