ANNUAL DINNER WITH CHIEF GUEST HONORABLE MR.PERRY JOHN CALDERWOOD,HIGH COMMISSIONER OF CANADA IN PAKISTAN , SEPTEMBER 2017September 18, 2017
MESSAGE FROM CONSUL GENERAL OF PAKISTAN , HONORABLE MUHAMMAD AAMEROctober 25, 2017
First anniversary dinner of Pakistan Canada Business Chamber (PCBC) was
held at the Airport Holiday Inn Hotel on 5 th September 2017 at Montreal. His
Excellency, Mr. Perry John Calderwood, Canadian High Commissioner in
Islamabad, Pakistan, His Excellency Mr. Muhammad Aamer, Consul General of
Pakistan in Montreal, Mayor of City of Saint Laurent Mr. Alan DeSousa and City
Councillor Mr. Francesco Mile were the guests of honour at the assembly.
The honorable guests were greeted by Mr. Shafqat Bashir, President and
members of PCBC. Some 50 guests were in attendance, including members of
the Chamber, Quebec government, bank officials and businessmen. The meeting
was Call to Order by Mr. Adnan Shah, Master of Ceremonies.
Mr. Shafqat in his welcome address thanked His Excellences, the Mayor for their
interest and time as he welcomed the guests in the annual dinner. In his opening
remarks, he cited the contributions of Pakistani businessmen to the Canadian
society. He also mentioned the activities of PCBC and how Chamber has been
helpful to the community by bringing them on a platform, holding exhibitions and
introducing Pakistani products to the Canadian consumers.
Mayor Mr. DeSousa acknowledged that among 5,000 various commercial
organizations, Pakistani business community has played an important role in the
city, the Province of Quebec and Canada at large.
H.E. Consul General of Pakistan, Mr. Aamer spoke of the importance of trade
with Canada, and assured the Chamber members of his full support as and when
required. He stated that the bilateral trade between Pakistan and Canada was
1.4 billion dollars in 2016 and there is lot of potential to grow it further. Also, with
the advent of China–Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project, there would be
greater opportunities for Pakistani goods in Canada and the rest of the western
hemisphere. He added that Pakistan economy is growing at 5.3 percent of GDP
annually, and offers great chances of investment for the business community. He
also thanked the High Commissioner for the positive role he has played in
promoting economic relations between Pakistan and Canada.
H.E. Mr. Calderwood then addressed the Chamber and provided the Canadian
perspective of Pakistani commercial activity. He advised the Chamber of
Pakistan’s challenges i.e. energy shortage and security issues. He
acknowledged the development of democratic process in Pakistan with the
recent peaceful transition of power and the change of government. He said that
he was very optimistic about the future of Pakistan, and would soon become self-
sufficient in its energy requirement.
Many questions were raised by the audience. He assured that anyone visiting
Pakistan to promote trade into Canada may get his personal assistance. On the
question of delay and non-issuance of business visas, he assured that visas for
Pakistani business people are fairly dealt with, from among thousands of
application every month. He also promised to host any PCBC trade delegations
The Chief Guest was presented with a Shield by the President Chamber. Later,
all guests cut the 1 st anniversary ceremonial cake to mark the occasion.
The honorable guests of honour mingled with the other guests during the dinner,
served at the end of the meeting.