Prime Minister Imran Khan today chaired a high level meeting to review progress on improving ease of doing business and creating an enabling environment to facilitate conversion of interest of the local as well foreign investors into actual investments in the country.
The meeting was attended by Finance Minister Asad Umar, Law Minister Dr. Farogh Naseem, Commerce Advisor Mr. Abdul Razak Dawood, Chairman BOI Mr. Haroon Sharif, Federal Secretaries and senior officials.
Chairman BOI Mr. Haroon Sharif while briefing the Prime Minister about the steps taken so far said that the Board of Investment would be serving as agent of change for facilitating business transactions, removing impediments in way to materialization of investors’ interest into actual investments and smooth functioning of the businesses in the country. He also briefed the Prime Minister about various issues being faced by the business community including taxation, access to finance, regulation and policy issues and red-tapism. Chairman said that BOI was also actively working with the provinces and relevant ministries for removing barriers in the way of establishing Special Economic Zones. He said that special efforts were being made to bridge the gap between private and public sector and to reach out to the private sector to revive their confidence in government policies and put in place a framework that facilitates business community in its business pursuits.
Chairman BOI also briefed the Prime Minister about Naya Pakistan Diaspora Fund which is being set-up to promote SMEs and rural development in key areas of education, health and infrastructure development. He also apprised the Prime Minister of the Investment Framework which has been structured for attracting and materializing investment from UAE, KSA, China, Japan and Malaysia.
It was decided during the meeting that Prime Minister would chair a review meeting every month on Ease of Doing Business in the country.
The Prime Minister directed Chairman BOI to present a comprehensive plan, listing all the issues in various sectors and their sub-sectors and how the processes could be streamlined to simplify procedures related to government approvals, addressing taxation issues, dispute resolution and facilitating investors/businesses.
Prime Minister Imran Khan today approved a proposal for bringing Shuhuda Assistance Package for ICT Police personnel at par with other parts of the country. The Prime Minister has also approved provision of Sehat Insaaf Cards to the Police personnel for catering to their health needs.
The Prime Minister was chairing a briefing about the performance of Islamabad Capital Territory Police and the way forward in transforming ICT Police into a model police force.
The briefing was attended by Finance Minister Mr. Asad Umar, MOS for Interior Mr. Shehryar Khan Afridi, SAPM Mr. Ali Nawaz Awan, MNA Raja Khurram Shahzad Nawaz, Secretary Interior Maj (R) Azam Suleman Khan, Secretary Establishment, Chief Commissioner, IG Islamabad and senior officials.
IG Islamabad Mr. M Amir Zulfiqar Khan briefed the Prime Minister about the performance of ICT Police and also highlighted various steps that have been taken on PM’s directions to improve service delivery and instilling a sense of security among the inhabitants of the federal capital. IG Islamabad also identified various administrative, legal, financial and human resource constraints that were faced by the ICT Police in way to further improving the performance of the force, making ICT police a model force of the country.
Mr. Amir Zulfiqar Khan also briefed the Prime Minister about the progress into crackdown against drugs, land mafia and campaign against anti-encroachment.
The Prime Minister while appreciating the efforts of ICT Police towards maintenance of law and order and ensuring security of the capital directed that a comprehensive plan be submitted for meeting the requirements of ICT Police. He assured that the Government would provide every possible support to ICT Police in its mission to serve the people and emerge as a model Police force. The Prime Minister also appreciated employment of IT solutions by the ICT Police for improving service delivery and reaching out to the public for their feedback on its performance.
Discussing ongoing campaign against drug mafia, especially around the educational institutions, the Prime Minister directed that heads of academic institutes and parents should be taken onboard for the success of campaign against drugs.
On action against land mafia and anti-encroachment drive, the Prime Minister directed for greater coordination among ICT administration, CDA and ICT Police and continued efforts against big land-mafia who have encroached government lands in the federal capital.