Makaneole underscores the diversity of US-Pakistan partnership across Northern Punjab

05:52 PM | 9 Jun, 2023
Makaneole underscores the diversity of US-Pakistan partnership across Northern Punjab

WAZIRABAD – US Consul General Lahore William K. Makaneole visited the districts of Gujranwala, Gujrat, and Wazirabad to underscore the strength and diversity of the U.S. government’s partnerships in northern Punjab.  Through these visits, U.S. Consulate Lahore aims to strengthen people-to-people ties with all of Punjab, explore economic opportunities outside Lahore, and further awareness about educational, research, and exchange opportunities in the United States.

On his way to Gujrat from Gujranwala, the delegation visited the Nandipur Power Plant.  As part of the U.S.-Pakistan “Green Alliance” framework, the United States has invested in Pakistan’s power generation for over 50 years, including in clean energy through hydropower, which continues to benefit millions of Pakistanis today.  

At the recent Energy Security Dialogue, the two governments made new commitments to advance energy cooperation and the U.S. announced new programs in Pakistan, including a $500,000 project to restore electricity infrastructure in flood-affected areas in Sindh, a grant to further research and development of electric vehicles at the Lahore University for Management Science, and support for a second cohort of the U.S.-Pakistan Women’s Council’s Future of Women in Energy Scholars Program launched with Texas A&M University to support women’s leadership in renewable energy.

Mr. Makaneole appreciated the contribution of local industrial enterprises during his visits to the GFC Factory, Service Industries, PLASCO PVC Industries, and JW Cutlery and Knives production unit in Wazirabad.  

He echoed these sentiments in his conversations with the business community at the Chambers of Commerce in Gujrat and Gujranwala and at the Export Processing Zone in Gujranwala.  Consul General Makaneole emphasized that the United States is Pakistan’s largest bilateral export destination. He noted that “In 2022, bilateral trade hit a record $9.9 billion, with Pakistani exports to the United States reaching $6.8 billion. But I believe there is room to grow these outstanding numbers.”

While in Gujranwala, Consul General Makaneole also visited the renowned Sheranwala Bagh Akhara, established over 100 years ago and known for its free-style wrestling.  He noted that the rich cultural legacy of Pakistan, including sports like Kabaddi, can provide a foundation for the tourism industry to flourish and promote sports exchanges between U.S. and Pakistan.  He visited the University of Gujrat which partnered with the U.S. Mission in Pakistan on $1M project on curriculum development for media and communication studies, which also included a faculty exchange and the establishment of a news studio at the university.  Consul General Makaneole visited the International Institute of Science, Art and Technology in Wazirabad to explore partnership opportunities.  He also met with and thanked the District Commissioners of Gujranwala and Gujrat for hosting him and making the trip a success.


Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal rates on Sept 30, 2023

KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on September 30, 2023 (Saturday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 286.05 289.15
Euro EUR 307 310
UK Pound Sterling GBP 353.3 357
U.A.E Dirham AED 80 80.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 76 76.75
Australian Dollar AUD 189 191
Bahrain Dinar BHD 778.84 786.84
Canadian Dollar CAD 220 222.2
China Yuan CNY 40.24 40.64
Danish Krone DKK 41.83 42.23
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 37.93 38.28
Indian Rupee INR 3.57 3.68
Japanese Yen JPY 1.63 1.71
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 945.27 954.27
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.62 63.22
New Zealand Dollar NZD 174.58 176.58
Norwegians Krone NOK 27.87 28.17
Omani Riyal OMR 762.31 770.31
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 80.69 81.39
Singapore Dollar SGD 208 210
Swedish Korona SEK 26.62 26.92
Swiss Franc CHF 323.01 325.51
Thai Bhat THB 8.12 8.27

Gold Rate in Pakistan Today – September 30, 2023

Today Gold Rate in Pakistan

KARACHI - The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 205,600 on Saturday.

The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs 176,270. Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs168,730 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs196,807.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

Today Gold Price in Pakistan - 30 September 2023

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Karachi PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Islamabad PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Peshawar PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Quetta PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Sialkot PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Attock PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Gujranwala PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Jehlum PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Multan PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Bahawalpur PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Gujrat PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Nawabshah PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Chakwal PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Hyderabad PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Nowshehra PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Sargodha PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Faisalabad PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Mirpur PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450


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