4th Annual U.S.-Pakistan Business Opportunity Conference June 2-3 in New York City

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
June 1, 2016


The U.S. Government and the Government of Pakistan will hold the fourth annual U.S.-Pakistan Business Opportunities Conference on June 2-3 in New York City. The 2016 conference, the first to be held in the United States, aims to build business-to-business linkages and to generate networking opportunities for U.S. and Pakistani businesses, with a particular focus on fashion apparel, health care, information communication technology, and agriculture. President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif affirmed their commitment in October 2015 to expand bilateral trade and investment, including by holding annual business opportunities conferences.

Pakistan’s delegation will be led by His Excellency Khurram Dastgir Khan, Federal Minister for Commerce, and will also include Ambassador to the United States Jalil Jilani. The U.S. delegation will be led by Bruce Andrews, Deputy Secretary of Commerce and will include Fred Hochberg, Chairman of the Export-Import Bank of the United States; Ambassador Richard Olson, U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan; Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Cathy Russell; Larry Sampler, USAID Assistant to the Administrator for Afghanistan and Pakistan; and Ziad Haider, U.S. Special Representative for Commercial and Business Affairs. Vice Chairman of General Electric John Rice will also deliver a keynote speech. Hundreds of U.S. and Pakistani business executives have registered to attend the event. For a full schedule and conference details, please visit https://uspakboc.com/.

Media interested in covering the event should contact SCA-Press@state.gov, and follow @State_SCA for event updates and information.