The Gwinnett Chamber and the Georgia-Pakistan Business Council (GAPAKBC) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) this week during an official ceremony attended by fifteen Council members as well as key Gwinnett Chamber and local elected officials. The MOU recognized the intent of both organizations to collaborate and champion global business together.

“The Gwinnett Chamber values inclusion and seeks to ensure we are holistically supporting our vibrantly diverse business community,” said Nick Masino, President and CEO of the Gwinnett Chamber. “We appreciate the opportunity to partner with the Georgia-Pakistani Business Council and, in doing so, further the Chamber’s ongoing mission to champion business for the Greater Gwinnett region.”

Pakistani Americans have become an integral part of mainstream American society and have made important contributions as Georgians in the fields of finance, technology, law, medicine, education, sports, media, the arts, the military, and government, as well as other areas. Currently, there are five thousand Pakistani American business owners in the State of Georgia.

Farooq Mughal, one of the founders of GAPAKBC shared, “Under the framework of the MOU, the Georgia-Pakistan Business Council is looking forward to forging a strong partnership with Gwinnett Chamber to identify business relationships, DEI Initiatives, bilateral trade, and investment opportunities; and continue to promote the economic and business ties between Pakistani Americans and Gwinnett business leaders. A global outlook is crucial to our mutual success. Gwinnett Chamber is extremely important as an economic partner.”

Gwinnett Chamber officials included President and CEO Nick Masino, the 2022 Board Chair Jill Edwards, Board Chair-Elect Dean Collins, Executive Board Member Sal Ajani, Public Policy and Community Affairs Director Paul Oh, and Partnership Gwinnett Project Manager Inaara Babwani. Representing the GAPAKBC were founders Rahim Shah Akhunkhail, Imran Naizi, and Farooq Mughal; and local elected leaders State Representative Pedro Marin and Commissioners Marlene Fosque and Kirkland Carden participated in the ceremony.

To learn more about GAPAKBC, visit To better understand the Chamber’s vision and mission to champion global business, go to

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