BoA approves three new SEZs, total makes 20

By Staff Reporter
Thursday – October 8, 2020
ISLAMABAD: The board of approvals (BoA) for special economic zones (SEZs) meeting approved, Wednesday, three new SEZs, the national science and technology park in the federal capital, JW-SEZ China-Pakistan SEZ in Raiwind and Dhabeji SEZ in Sindh, taking the total number of SEZs to 20.

According to an official statement, the prime minister (PM) Imran Khan chaired the 6th meeting of BoA for SEZs.

The meeting was informed about various incentives available for the developers, co-developers and zone enterprises in SEZs.

On SEZ zone enterprise admission and sale of plot regulations 2020, it was decided that further consultation will be completed within one month and proposal will be brought before the next meeting.

The meeting also approved a proposal regarding selection of two members from the private sector for inclusion in the approvals committee and appointment of two members from private sector to be included in the composition of board of directors (BoD) of SEZ authorities (SEZAs).

PM Khan directed that the provision of utilities such as gas, electricity in the SEZs should be accorded foremost priority by the concerned departments.

He also directed that a report indicating availability of required facilities at existing SEZs be furnished.

The meeting was attended by industries and production minister (IPM) Hammad Azhar, advisor to the PM on commerce, textile, industries and production and investment (A-PM-CTIPI) Abdul Razak Dawood, advisor to the PM on finance and revenue (A-PM-FR) Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, board of investment (BoI) chairman Atif R. Bokhari, Punjab chief minister (CM) Sardar Usman Ahmad Khan Buzdar, Sindh CM Syed Murad Ali Shah, Balochistan CM Jam Mir Kamal Khan Alyani, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) CM Mahmood Khan via video link and Giglit Baltistan (GB) CM Mir Afzal, concerned federal and provincial officials and others.