Wednesday, 1 December 2021

UK state minister Greg Hands for trade policy visits GSK Pakistan

Greg Hands

LONDON/KARACHI: Pakistan is a vibrant economy, open for business. I want to see more of Britain’s leading companies doing business, creating jobs and supporting economic growth in both the UK and Pakistan,” said UK’s Minister of State for Trade Policy Greg Hands.

KARACHI, SEPT 20: UK Minister for Trade Policy, Greg Hands and others pose for a group photo at GlaxoSmithKline’s factory, on Wednesday.=DNA PHOTO

As a part of his three-day visit to Pakistan, the UK Minister for Trade Policy Greg Hands visited a factory of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in Karachi to see how the company, as a major British investor, was doing business in Pakistan, supporting the Pakistani economy including by creating jobs and contributing to society.

Minister Hands visited GSK as a part of a three-day visit to Islamabad and Karachi in order to strengthen the UK-Pakistan bilateral trade relationship.

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The minister toured the state-of-the-art facility. He was informed that one of GSK’s vaccines has been in use in Pakistan EPI’s National Immunization Programme since 2012, protecting millions of newborns against pneumonia. Continuing from the successful integration of the pneumococcal vaccine, a second vaccine has been introduced in the programme (in 2016) for rotavirus diarrhoea.

Azizul Haq, VP & General Manager GSK Pakistan, said that with 3 manufacturing facilities and a very diverse portfolio, GSK is providing top quality medicines to the Pakistani population. “Our talented people not only serve local operations but also represent Pakistan in a host of regional and global roles across the GSK organization”, he added.

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