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Government aims to provide the facility of ease of doing business through Rashakai SEZ under CPEC: Chairman BOI
Date : 20-05-2019 The Chairman of the Board of Investment (BOI), Haroon Sharif, talked about the importance of the Rashakai Economic Zone under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), saying that the project has high strategic significance since it was close to the border of Afghanistan, and will help linkage with the Central Asian Republics (CARs). He also said that it was imperative to provide a platform for doing business in the area, which the government wishes to do through the Special Economic Zone (SEZ).

ISLAMABAD - Chairman Board of Investment (BoI) Haroon Sharif Sunday said that Rashakai, Special Economic Zones (SEZs) had a strategic significance as it was closer to Afghanistan and resources rich Central Asian Republics (CARs). Rashakai SEzs was a joint venture between the Chinese company of China Road and Bridge Cooperation (CRBC) and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government aiming to provide the facility of ease of doing business in the area, Haroon said.

Replying to a question regarding Rashakai Economic Zone, he said recently, a delegation of CRBC, led by Director Shi Xiaobo, had visited BoI to discuss the time lines to make the economic zone operational.

He said during the meeting, the CRBC delegation discussed the incentive packages for Rashakai Economic Zone including the provision of modern and hi-tech facilities to the investors. Discussing the importance of Rashakai, Sharif said that the Chinese had termed it as a role model project for other SEZs.

“The BoI is strengthening its capacity by establishing specific desks and teams to deal with investors from different countries, as well as to work on important assignments, including all SEZs,” Sharif added.

Haroon said the BOI was committed to completing four special economic zones (SEZs) related to the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) within six months.

These CPEC-related SEZs had been established in all four provinces, including Rashakai Economic Zone (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Dhabeji (Sindh), Allama Iqbal Industrial City in Faisalabad (Punjab) and Bostan Indusrial Zone (Balochistan), he informed.

Replying to another question, he said all seven proposed SEZs would be completed in the next two years.

The completion would promote ease of doing business in the country and would facilitate the local and foreign investors, he added.

“We will need to acquire 5,000 acres of industrial land to complete all SEZs in the country in order to generate equal business opportunities for all,” he maintained.

Replying to another question, he said SEZ in Hattar was also a priority of BoI, adding that electricity issue had halted the completion of economic zones but the matter had been resolved in March this year.

To a query regarding SEZ in Islamabad, he said the development of engineering or information technology zones was in process in line with the board’s plan to establish a hi-tech zone in the federal capital.

He said work on the SEZ in Islamabad would be finalized in the coming two weeks and the project would be completed on time.
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