Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown returns from Pakistan trip aimed at promoting investment


Published May 10, 2023 at 12:33 pm

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Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown and officials have just returned from trip to Pakistan to promote investments and a cricket tournament in the city.

Brown, along with Wards 7 and 8 Councillor Rod Power, and Clare Barnett, Brampton’s director of economic development and culture, visited several cities in Pakistan promoting BHive, Brampton’s tech incubator, and the Global T20 Canada (GT20), an annual international cricket tournament, which will be in Brampton this summer, Brown tells inbrampton.

Algoma University president Asima Vezina also joined the trip. The delegation visited the Unity (technology company) national centre in Abu Dhabi. Unity is building a centre in Brampton and setting up a partnership with Algoma.

The delegation also visited universities and met with officials.

“We have several strong investment leads for Brampton in Pakistan,” Brown said.

Brown said the City of Brampton covered his economy class ticket to Pakistan. He didn’t say how much the trip cost but said further information would be released soon.

The trip was “highly successful”, and further strengthened economic and cultural ties, Brown said in a tweet today (May 10).

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Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown speaks with the Pakistan federal minister for commerce, Syed Naveed Qamar.

Brown spoke about BHive at FAST University and the University of Management Technology in Lahore, Pakistan.

The BHive program offers a start up visa to help international entrepreneurs move to Brampton’s innovation district to access the North American market.

“Brampton is proud to welcome emerging tech businesses from around the world to Bhive,” Brown tweeted. “They can grow, invest, hire and accelerate in our City. We are determined to build the most vibrant start up ecosystem in Canada.”

He told young people gathered that immigrants from around the world can be successful in Canada.

“What I like to say about Canada is this: It doesn’t matter where you are born, the colour of your skin, who you love, what god you worship, if you are willing to roll-up your shelves and work hard, anything is possible,” Brown said.

In Islamabad, Brown met with the Pakistan federal minister for commerce, Syed Naveed Qamar.

The delegation from Brampton also visited the National Incubation Center and the Pakistan Stock Exchange in Karachi.

Power said the trip was an amazing experience with several tours and meetings.

“It’s so important to do it face-to-face because we are able to have that connection,” Power said.

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