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PM for simplification of procedures to attract foreign investment

pm_boimeeting6213Islamabad: Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf on Wednesday directed the Board of Investment (BOI) to evolve a mechanism to become more effective in facilitating investments in the country.

Presiding over the 6th BOI Board meeting here at the PM Secretariat, the Prime Minister said the BOI should be further strengthened.He said that it was ironic that Pakistan, which had one of the best investment policies on paper, failed to attract foreign investment.
The BOI Board in its meeting held an in-depth discussion on ways and means to attract investment in the country which is critical to the growth of economy.The Prime Minister said that the present process of approval of projects was cumbersome and involved a large number of departments before a project could see the light of the day. This, he said, was discouraging investors and needed to be simplified.”We need to work on a one window system where the investor can be provided all necessary information and facilities”, remarked the Prime Minister.
He directed the bureaucracy to work on simplification of procedures by revisiting the existing processes without compromising on transparency so that the investors were comforted.

Representatives of the private sector assured the Prime Minister that they were prepared to share their experience and expertise to ensure implementation of government’s investment-friendly policies.
The minutes of the 5th BOI Board meeting, appointment of professionals and details of expenditures incurred from Board of Investment fund so far were confirmed during the Board meeting.

The new members from the private sector, who participated in the Board meeting, included Haroon Rasheed Shaikh, Vice President FPCCI, Atif Bajwa, CEO Bank Alfalah, Syed Faisal Hussain Naqvi, Advocate Supreme Court of Pakistan, Capt. Ijaz Ali Faizi, CEO Vision Air, Muhammad Abdullah, Chairman Sapphire Group, Javed Saifullah
Khan, Chairman Saif Group of Companies, Agha Shahid, Chairman Pakistan Mining Exploration Corporation and Munir Kamal, Chairman Karachi Stock Exchange Board.

The Board also discussed Investment Policy 2013 which was drafted by the Board of Investment in consultation with all stakeholders. Similarly, the Board also discussed a draft Strategic Policy 2013-2017.It was also resolved during the Board meeting after detailed discussion that the draft Investment Policy 2013 and Investment Strategy 2013-2017 would be sent to the Cabinet.

The meeting was also attended by Minister for Finance Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, Deputy Chairman Planning Commission Dr Nadeem ul Haq, BOI Chairman Saleem H Mandviwala and other senior officials.

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