Minister for Overseas Pakistanis in Los Angeles
By Naushad Sarwar
L to R : Ahmed Ali, Pervaiz Lodhie, Arif Merchant,
Akhtar Faruqui and a guest
L to R : Ahmed Ali, Minister Tariq Azim, Consul General Jadmani and Samin Faruqui
L to R : Rauf Ahmed, Abdul Suleman and Shahid Tarar

Los Angeles: The prosperity of a country depends on its per capita income, rate of growth, quantum of exportable commodities, productivity, and foreign investments. These are the indicators that testify to the standing of a country in today’s industrial age. This was stated by Mr Tariq Aziz Khan, Minister of State for Labor, Manpower and Overseas Pakistanis at a dinner held at the Beverly Hills Country Club on July 1, 2005.
“Overseas Pakistanis are playing a role model in the country’s growth” by way of “overseas remittance and investments,” he remarked as he paid a tribute to the Pakistanis settled outside the country who continue to make a concerted effort to contribute to Pakistan’s development in various sectors.

L to R : Karim Ali, Hamid Malik and a guest
L to R : Shafiq Ahmed, Arif Mansoori and Ahmad Farooq
L to R : Minister Tariq Azim, Qutubuddin Aziz, Hussain Rokerya and a guest

He informed the gathering of prominent Pakistani Americans that Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz had formed the OPIF - Overseas Pakistani Investment Forum – to give an opportunity to overseas Pakistanis to be involved in the economic growth of the country to a greater degree than in the past.
The dinner program was emceed by Consul General Mr. Noor Muhammad Jadmani. It started with a recitation from the Holy Qur’an by Mr. Shams Hasan.

L to R : Syed Hasan, Minister Tariq Azim, Major Adil Mujtaba and a guest
L to R : Anjum Ejaz and Samin Faruqui
Shahina Paracha and Zaheer Ahmed

Minister Tariq Azim has a
look at a copy of Pakistan Link

The Minister applauded the audience for attending the dinner meeting on the eve of the 4th of July long-weekend. “7.4 million overseas Pakistanis are a great asset for the country,” he remarked. Each investment and money transaction to Pakistan is recognized by the government which has especially tailored a project for the benefit of overseas Pakistanis who have made an investment in Pakistan.
To achieve this objective, OPIF teams will be visiting countries divided into 6 regions - Middle East, Far East, Europe, North America, Africa, and Asia.

L to R : Qutubuddin Aziz, Hussain Rokerya and Rafiq Ahmed

The panel will meet business personae and furnish detailed information about investment and business opportunities available in Pakistan. Information will also be collected on the core problems overseas Pakistanis encounter in the investment process. “Meetings with local and government institutions will be a part to confront different challenges, ideas, and suggestions to accomplish the goal,” the audience was informed.

Answering questions, Mr. Tariq Azim assured the gathering that the government would do its best to facilitate funding and provide assistance at every stage of the investment process.


Editor: Akhtar M. Faruqui
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