William K. Makaneole, the US Consul General in Lahore, travels to Sheikhupura.

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SHEIKHUPURA – As part of the US Consulate Lahore’s attempts to visit every district in Punjab, William K. Makaneole, the country’s consul general in Lahore, paid a visit to Sheikhupura.

Through these trips, the US Consulate in Lahore hopes to fortify interpersonal links throughout the province of Punjab and investigate business prospects outside of the city, such as measures to promote regional economic development and potential expansions in Pakistan’s tourist sector.

Mr. Makaneole saw this while touring the brand-new Roomi Fabrics terrycloth factory and the Fatima Fertilizer urea facility, a company that began commercial production in 1971 as a joint venture between Dawood Group of Industries Pakistan and Hercules Incorporated, USA.

“The United States imported $6 billion in products from Pakistan in 2022, with a total of $9.2 billion in commerce between the two countries. Agriculture, chemicals, and electronics were among the top American exports to Pakistan. There is a lot of room for growth in our bilateral commercial ties and shared economic success.

Additionally, Mr. Makaneole went to the well-known Hiran Minar, a Mughal-era hunting preserve. “The US Mission in Pakistan is proud to work with local partners for the preservation of Pakistan’s rich cultural heritage, through the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP),” stated Consul General Makaneole. More than 1000 projects in 133 nations have received funding from AFCP, including 32 cultural preservation initiatives worth a combined $7.6 million in Pakistan.

Deputy Commissioner Sheikhupura was also acknowledged by Mr Makaneole for hosting the group in the district during their meeting. The importance of the US-Pakistan collaboration for fostering closer ties between the two nations’ peoples was emphasized by Consul General Makaneole. “For more than 75 years, our nations have made excellent partners. Our two countries, which are distinct democracies, have a great deal in common, as seen by our alliance and the numerous forms of collaboration that underpin it, said Consul General Makaneole.

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