U.S. Ambassador Donald Blome visited Karachi November 17 and 18 to underscore the strong ties between the United States and Pakistan and to further strengthen our robust economic partnership and public health cooperation. During his visit, Ambassador Blome met with representatives of the American Business Council, Agha Khan University Hospital, and a KFC-funded School for the Deaf to witness the many ways our countries continue to build a strong partnership.
In his meetings with industry leaders at the American Business Council, Ambassador Blome discussed how the United States and Pakistan can facilitate broad-based, equitable, and sustainable economic growth for both nations. Ambassador Blome commented, “I am committed to boosting bilateral trade and investment, especially through a new framework called the U.S.-Pakistan Green Alliance that seeks to promote climate-smart agriculture and private sector-led growth in Pakistan.” The United States is Pakistan’s largest bilateral trade partner and one of its largest sources of foreign direct investment, with U.S. investment in Pakistan increasing more than 50 percent in the past year.
Ambassador Blome also met with Aga Khan University Hospital leadership where he learned about their operations and toured the facilities. In 2012, the U.S. Development Finance Corporation provided a $30 million loan to expand Agha Khan’s hospital and healthcare facilities. The U.S. remains committed to expanding healthcare cooperation with Pakistan.
Ambassador Blome visited a KFC-funded school for the Deaf community and ate lunch at one of the KFC establishments that hires differently abled workers. He was impressed to see that KFC not only donated to the flood-relief efforts, but that it is taking corporate responsibility to heart by creating meaningful job opportunities for the hard-of-hearing and leading the way on inclusivity. The United States government has contributed $97 million to flood-relief efforts to date, while the U.S. private sector and U.S. citizens have separately donated more than$32 million.
The U.S. government is dedicated to expanding the full range of the U.S.-Pakistan relationship including education, people-to-people ties, clean energy, and health-related cooperation. Together we can promote a more stable, secure, and prosperous future for both our nations.