DENMARK APPOINTS NEW HONORARY CONSUL GENERAL IN KARACHI

Founder Editor Tazeen Akhtar..

Islamabad - The Government of Denmark has appointed well-known business man and entrepreneur Mr. Ziad Bashir as the new Honorary Consul General of Denmark in Karachi. Mr. Ziad Bashir’s nomination was put forward to the Her Majesty, Queen Margrethe II, who has approved Mr. Ziad Bashir’s appointment

This announcement was made at a special reception held in Karachi, which was well attended by representatives from the government, business, diplomatic core and media. Ms. Helle Nielsen, Chargé d'Affaires at the Embassy of Denmark welcomed Mr. Ziad Bashir in his new role and highlighted that the Embassy had within a few years grown from being a small Embassy dealing with visa and consular affairs to an Embassy, which was fully engaged in multiple areas of cooperation such as Trade, Development, Defense and Stabilization, Consular Affairs and also Public Diplomacy.

Speaking about Denmark’s increased focus on ’Economic Diplomacy’, Ms. Nielsen said that Mr. Ziad Bashir’s experience would go a long way in building business opportunities between Danish and Pakistani companies, especially within renewable energy, water technology, pharmaceuticals and agribusiness.

”Mr. Ziad Bashir has a proven record of being innovative and creative and carries strong entrepreneurial skills. His constant drive for coming up with new ideas has earned him respect and trust of many in the business sector in Pakistan. In addition to his remarkable business skills, Mr. Ziad Bashir also enspouses the kind of values that befit a Danish Honorary Consul General, including hard work, impeccable ethical standards and sincere desire to be a force for good in this world.Denmark feels very proud to have him carry our flag high in Pakistan”, said Ms. Nielsen.

Mr. Ziad Bashir thanked the Government of Denmark for offering him the opportunity to represent Denmark in Karachi. ”It is an honor and privilege to be given an opportunity to represent Denmark in the city of Karachi and gives one the opportunity to give back to Pakistan.  In today's challenging global environment building bridges and helping nations collaborate is the need of the hour, and I look forward to playing my role in trying to partner the best talent from both countries together”, said Mr. Ziad.

Mr. Ziad Bashir is currently Denmark’s only Honorary Consul General and has taken the charge from Mrs. Naheed Irshad-uddin. Mrs. Irshad-uddin has served the Government of Denmark since 1985, when she first became the Danish Vice Consul in Karachi. Between the years 1994-2010, she served as Honorary Danish Consul in Karachi and from 2010-2015, she served as the Honorary Danish Consul General.