ISLAMABAD - US Ambassador to Pakistan Richard G Olson and Board of Investment Chairman Dr Miftah Ismail are leading an information and communications technology (ICT) trade mission to Washington, D.C., and California’s Silicon Valley October 13-17.

During the five-day mission, a delegation of 20 Pakistani government and business leaders will promote trade and investment linkages between the United States and Pakistan.

The ICT trade mission began in Washington, D.C., on October 13 with a reception at the home of Ambassador Jalil Abbas Jilani, Pakistani Ambassador to the United States, followed by a day of meetings with the Department of State, Department of Commerce, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the United States Agency for International Development, the Office of the United States Trade Representative, and the United States Patent and Trademark Office on October 14. The mission will continue to California for a three-day visit October 15-17 to explore opportunities with leading businesses in Silicon Valley.

The schedule will feature networking events, meetings with executives from leading US companies, briefings, site visits, and one-on-one meetings with potential business partners.

This is the second trade mission in less than twelve months led by Ambassador Olson. In November 2013, Petroleum Minister Shahid Abbasi and Ambassador Olson co-led a trade mission comprising 17 Pakistani oil and gas firms to Houston. American and Pakistani companies considered that trade mission a great success, with business deals worth tens of millions of dollars resulting from the trip. 

Speaking about the trip, Ambassador Olson said, “Pakistan’s flourishing ICT industry has tremendous potential and this trade mission will serve to realize that potential.” The mission is designed to boost commercial ties and increase trade and investment between the United States and Pakistan in the ICT sector, as both countries pledged to do following a US-Trade and Investment Framework Agreement council meeting in May, 2014.