Economics & Business

PC announces privatisation schedule for public sector entities

ISLAMABAD: A meeting was held here on Wednesday Privatisation Commission (PC) chaired by Syed Naveed Qamar Federal Minister for Privatisation, Investment & Finance to finalize the schedule for privatisation of public sector entities during September-October 2008.

The Minister directed the Privatisation Commission to ensure timely completion of necessary documents, listing process, regulatory approvals and international marketing for the Global Depository Receipts (GDR) of Kot Addu Power Company (KAPCO) for its listing in October 2008 which should be followed by stabilization.

He asked the PC to settle all issues with the pre-qualified bidders and the CBA and Officers Association for concluding the privatisation of SME Bank in September 2008 and to finalize the bidding documents well in advance. It was informed that most of the issues have been settled and the CBA and Officers Association of SME Bank were being taken on board in the light of the government’s decision.

It was also decided to hold bidding for the privatisation of 90 % shares of Hazara Phosphate Fertilizers Limited (HPFL) with management control and National Power Construction Company (NPCC) during September 2008. The Minister directed that the process for privatisation of Heavy Electrical Complex (HEC) should also be expedited to complete this transaction in September 2008.

Syed Naveed Qamar directed the concerned officials to expedite the privatisation process for the sale of 26 Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC)’s Motels and Restaurants, which have received enthusiastic response from the reputed investors in the related field.

The Minister said that all relevant rules and regulations should be strictly observed at every step and the phases of the privatisation process which should be completed with utmost care and in an open, fair and transparent manner while due care should be given in the valuation process of all public sector entities in order to maximize the sale proceeds at the right price and to ensure level playing field for all prospective participating parties.-SANA

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