Under the said project, Chinese companies would invest in the Pakistan petrochemicals sector in Gwadar, including the project of energy pipeline from Gwadar to China, she told APP.
The secretary said bilateral talks were underway for investment in various projects related to Chinese investment in Pakistan. It was hoped that in the future, Chinese companies would bring investment in Pakistan in the fields of energy, agriculture, tourism and others.
She said the government wanted to promote Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) culture in the country for bringing foreign investment and to create employment opportunities in the country.
She said the government was introducing new SMEs policy as well as initiated the regulatory reforms for better business regulations in the country.
She also informed that the ‘7th Reform Action Plan’ was mainly focusing on improvements in firm entry regulations, reliability of electricity, tax regulations, trade regulations, creditors’ rights, better property rights, and court efficiency etc. and reforms in these areas play a major role in the process of economic development.
The Board of Investment (BOI) was working hard to attract foreign investment in the country and improve the ‘Ease of Doing Business’ by cost of doing business in the country, she said.
In this regard, the BOI was working on about 50 reforms to create a conducive environment for business and enhance the industrialization in the country.
The secretary said Pakistan Regulatory Modernization Initiatives (PRMI) was a key initiative of the government for the modernization and regulation of local business to provide a conducive business environment in the country.
Fareena said implementation of these reforms, initiated by BOI, was part of the broader strategy of the government aimed at improving productivity and enhancing exports to achieve the objective of sustainable economic growth in the country.
The secretary said main objective of PRMI reforms strategy was to improve the entry and operational environment for business, focusing on the simplification and automation of the regulatory framework at all three government levels including federal, provincial and district level.
She said the vital success indicator of the initiative would be increased in the overall private sector and foreign direct investment level without compromising the effectiveness of the various regulatory regimes.
Fareena said enabling a business environment played a pivotal role in attracting domestic and foreign investment. She said all over the world, the emphasis was on improving the business climate.
Replying to another question, she said the World Bank’s coming, Ease of Doing Business (EODB) report 2021-22 to be issued in December this year, was expected to further improve Pakistan’s ranking below 100. “Improving Pakistan’s ‘Ease of Doing Business Ranking’ will boost foreign investment in the country”, she said.
Fareena said it was very encouraging to say that during last two years, Pakistan advanced from 39 places to 108th place on the ease of doing business global ranking.