Mayor Sadiq Khan will lead a trade mission to Pakistan later this year, meeting top business figures, politicians from the IT to entertainment industry with a view to boosting economic and cultural ties with London, as announced by London government.
The visit is a part of LondonIsOpen campaign — launched by Khan — to show that London is united and open for businesses, and to the world, following the EU referendum.
During the visit, Sadiq Khan will also visit India. It would be the first visit by a British politician to both countries in recent times. He will be visiting Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad.
Sadiq will be accompanied by a delegation of UK business leaders and will meet with politicians, investors and entrepreneurs from the host country.
“As someone whose grandparents were born in India, and whose parents moved to London from Pakistan, I feel a deep affinity for the subcontinent,” the Mayor said.
“But what excites me most about this trip is that I know it can deliver real benefits for Londoners. Benefits in terms of business and trade, jobs and investment, and in terms of cultural and technological exchange.”
High on the agenda will be spreading the message that London is open to those looking to work, visit or study following the EU referendum. Students from India contribute £130m a year to the capital’s economy.
“I am passionate about showing that my city will always be open to engaging with partners from around the world,” the Mayor said.