The Pakistan Society is delighted to announce that Dr Reza Baqir, the Governor of the State Bank of Pakistan, accompanied by his Deputy Governors, Ms Sima Kamil and Dr Murtaza Syed, will be giving a talk to members and their guests on “Innovative banking initiatives for Non Resident Pakistanis”. 

The distinguished panel will consist of:
H.E. Muhammad Ayub – Acting High Commissioner for Pakistan to the UK
The Lord Choudrey CBE, SPk – Chief Executive Bestway Group
Mr. Arif M Ali – CEO of HBL UK
Mr. Brian Firth – CEO of UBL UK
Sir William Blackburne – Chairman of The Pakistan Society

The Governor will give a high-level talk on steps being taken to revive the health of the Pakistan economy especially the financial sector. He will cover some key banking initiatives that are directed towards benefiting the substantial number of overseas Pakistanis who have been contributing well in excess of USD 20 billion (approx. GBP 15 billion) annually through home remittances into Pakistan.
We will hear from both the Governor and his colleagues on how they have engaged with the financial sector to deploy digital technology to transform the manner of conducting banking transactions, including account opening, without the need to physically visit Pakistan. Those with concerns on repatriation of their savings from Pakistan to their adopted countries will hear first-hand on the new regulatory regime in place.

Date: Wednesday, 2nd December 2020
Time: 12 noon to 1:30 pm (GMT)
Venue: Zoom Webinar
To register, each member and guest(s) will need to click on the Zoom Webinar link below:


You will of course be aware of the problems arising from the Coronavirus contagion and the need for everyone to take particular care and observe the restrictions on movements and assembly that the Government has announced. It seems safe to assume that these restrictions will remain in being for many weeks and possibly several months.

With this in mind, the Executive Committee of the Pakistan Society has decided that all further meetings of the Society should be online only for the time being. This includes the Annual General Meeting which was planned for 16 April and now will take place at the end of July. The Annual Dinner is currently postponed. Given the uncertainties over the duration of the restrictions we cannot say whether it will be possible to stage any dinner this year. Just as soon as we know when the restrictions are lifted, and we judge it prudent to resume normal service, we will inform you.

It hardly needs stating that the Executive Committee hopes that this dreadful pandemic can be swiftly overcome and that in the meantime all of the Society’s members and their families and friends, wherever they may be, remain safe and free of infection.

If you have any questions about this, we will do our best to answer at

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