Sar­war says red tape in open­ing busi­ness re­moved

Khaleej Times - - PAKISTAN - Wa­heed Ab­bas wa­heed­ab­[email protected]­j­

dubai — Strength­en­ing ties with broth­erly coun­tries, in­clud­ing the UAE, is the top pri­or­ity of the Pak­istan gov­ern­ment, a se­nior Pak­istan of­fi­cial said on Satur­day.

Chaudhry Sar­war, Gov­er­nor of Pak­istan’s Pun­jab prov­ince, said that stronger, coun­try-to-coun­try ties ben­e­fited Pak­ista­nis liv­ing in the UAE, Saudi Ara­bia, the UK and other coun­tries.

“If the coun­try-to-coun­try re­la­tions are not at a strong level, it af­fects Pak­ista­nis liv­ing and work­ing in the for­eign coun­try. So I re­as­sure you that main­tain­ing strong re­la­tions with broth­erly coun­tries — es­pe­cially those who stood with Pak­istani in test­ing times, will be the top pri­or­ity of the Pak­istan gov­ern­ment. And the UAE is one of those coun­tries with whom the re­la­tions will be very stronger. The UAE’s found­ing fa­ther, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sul­tan Al Nahyan, had special re­la­tions with Pak­istan. And the UAE is now home to 1.4 mil­lion Pak­ista­nis who con­trib­ute a large chunk of money through re­mit­tances,” Sar­war said while ad­dress­ing the Pak­istani busi­ness com­mu­nity in Dubai.

Re­cently, His High­ness Sheikh Mo­hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Com­man­der of the UAE Armed Forces, vis­ited Pak­istan fol­low­ing the two vis­its by Pak­istan Prime Min­is­ter Im­ran Khan to the UAE. In ad­di­tion to the $3 bil­lion fi­nan­cial support ex­tended by the UAE, the two coun­tries will also strengthen ties in eco­nomic, de­fence and hu­man­i­tar­ian fields. The UAE is one of the largest donors for the an­tipo­lio cam­paign in Pak­istan where mil­lions of chil­dren have ben­e­fit­ted from it.

Chaudhry Sar­war was speak­ing at a din­ner hosted by the Pak­istan Busi­ness Coun­cil (PBC) in Dubai on Satur­day. A large num­ber of leading busi­ness­men at­tended the meet­ing which was also ad­dressed by Moaz­zam Ahmed Khan, Pak­istan’s Am­bas­sador to the UAE, and Mo­hammed Iqbal Da­wood, Pres­i­dent of the Pak­istan Busi­ness Coun­cil in Dubai.

Speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion, Moaz­zam Khan said the visit of Chaudhry Sar­war,

Pun­jab Gov­er­nor

Sheikh Mo­hamed turned a new chap­ter in the UAE-Pak­istan re­la­tions with a fo­cus on long-term strate­gic eco­nomic part­ner­ship.

“A lot of plan­ning is un­der way on how to improve trade be­tween the two coun­tries. Big UAE firms and sov­er­eign wealth funds have shown keen in­ter­est and promised to in­vest in Pak­istan. It is a win-win sit­u­a­tion for both coun­tries,” Khan said.

Bi­lat­eral trade be­tween the UAE and Pak­istan reached $7 bil­lion last year and is pro­jected to reach $10 bil­lion in the next few years. In 2017, Pak­ista­nis work­ing in the UAE sent Dh4.1 bil­lion in re­mit­tances, be­com­ing the sec­ond largest re­mit­ters from the emi­rates.

Chaudhry Sar­war urged the Pak­ista­nis in the UAE to in­vest in the coun­try as the gov­ern­ment was mak­ing it eas­ier for for­eign and lo­cal in­vestors to in­vest in the coun­try.

“There is a huge op­por­tu­nity in Pak­istan be­cause there is no cor­rup­tion and red tape now in set­ting up a fac­tory or start­ing a busi­ness. No one will ask you to grease their palm or give com­mis­sion to start a busi­ness. Also, we will help iden­tify projects for the in­vestors in Pun­jab and other prov­inces; they can in­vest in agri­cul­ture and fish farm­ing etc.,” he said.

“We in­tend to in­crease fish ex­ports from $300 mil­lion to $2 bil­lion in the next 2-3 years. Also, we want to re­duce pres­sure on coun­try’s urban ar­eas due to mas­sive mi­gra­tion from the ru­ral ar­eas due to non-de­vel­op­ment. The ru­ral ar­eas will greatly ben­e­fit from such projects,” he said.

UAE’s found­ing fa­ther the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sul­tan Al Nahyan had special re­la­tions with Pak­istan. And the UAE is now home to 1.4 mil­lion Pak­ista­nis who con­trib­ute a large chunk of money through re­mit­tances

— Wam

UAE’s Min­is­ter of Tol­er­ance Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan met Pun­jab Gov­er­nor Chaudhry Sar­war in Abu Dhabi on Sun­day. The two sides dis­cussed ties be­tween the UAE and Pak­istan and ways of de­vel­op­ing them in var­i­ous fields.

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