Faisal Amin under the spotlight!
Faisal Amin, President of the Texas Trade Council; Honorary Investment Consular BOI, Government of Pakistan and General Secretary of the Houston-Karachi Sister City Association (talk about multiple portfolios) was in Karachi for a couple of days. He attended the Management Conference (MANCON) that was organized a few weeks ago by Nutshell Forum where he made a presentation regarding the opportunities that Texas offered to companies from Pakistan.
I took the opportunity of asking him to visit the CIO WebStudio so that I could put him under the spotlight, ask him some specific questions regarding the opportunities that existed and what he could do to assist companies who wanted to avail of them.
In this episode of “In the Line of Wire”, Faisal explains that the majority of the trade between Pakistan the US actually takes place between Pakistan and Texas – and this includes the IT sector. He talks about how Texas is open to trade from all parts of the world and offers a number of incentives for companies who wish to open up offices there, including a tax-free base. Not only are there opportunities for Pakistani companies to get business from Texas, according to Faisal the State can effectively be used as a launch-pad for targeting business from other parts of the US and Canada.
Last year there was a Pakistan delegation that went to the US – the Texas part of their schedule was organized by Faisal Amin and the TTC. Several companies have told me that the networking at the Technology Forum that was organized by the TTC was absolutely invaluable. The meetings that took place went a long way toward highlighting the capabilities that exist in the Pakistan IT industry. Some of the companies actually signed contracts while others ended up signing partnerships with organisations in the U S.
Apparently, according to Faisal Amin, this is the right time for Pakistani companies to re-engage with customers in the US who are looking for cost-effective, quality options to deal with the economic crush that the world is facing.
He is offering his assistance and that of his team to anyone who is interested in connecting with Texas companies. Watch the interview and find out more. P@SHA will certainly keep in touch with him and with our friends at OPEN (Organisation of Pakistani Entrepreneurs of North America) to see how we can create opportunities for our companies in the US marketplace.
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