DFID team calls on chairperson SBI, discuss development in Sindh

A five-member team of DFID led by Lindy Cameron Director General, Country Programmes, DFID, Joanna Reid, Head of DFID Pakistan, and Elin Burns, UK Deputy High Commissioner, called upon Chairperson, Sindh Board of Investment, Naheed Memon to discuss Doing Business, Prosperity Fund and collaboration with the United Kingdom’s Government for development in Sindh.
On the occasion SBI Chairperson acknowledged the technical and financial support of World Bank Group and Department for International Development (DFID) for making Doing Business reform project a reality. She said that the Government of Sindh gives top priority to reforms to attract foreign and local investments as Sindh provides immense opportunities in energy, minerals, agriculture, hotel and tourism industry.
Briefing the members on Doing Business Naheed Memon said that the first 100 Day Sprint of Doing Business reforms was completed where reforms were introduced at different departments such as Sindh Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA), Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB), Sindh Building Control Authority (SBCA), Board of Revenue and Energy Department. She said that the Government has mobilized all its resources for its success. She further said that the second Sprint is currently being implemented and it’s near completion. She said that the next step is to verify these reforms to see whether citizens are benefiting from them.
She pointed out that these reforms were aimed at procedural level and reduced steps for making business ease and introducing technology and innovations. As a part of her Vision for Ease of Doing Business in Sindh, the Chairperson informed the delegation that 10 facilitation centers are being planned in Karachi alone. “We also want to establish offices of Sindh Board of Investments in Hyderabad and Sukkur”, Naheed Memon added. She said that SBI wants to encourage women entrepreneurs, so they can benefit from wide range of investment opportunities in Sindh.
The members of the delegation appreciated the efforts of Government of Sindh and SBI for taking measures and reforms on Ease of Doing Business and pledged to continue its technical and financial assistance to the Government of Sindh.
Patricia Seex Group Head, Economic Growth Group, and Waqas-ul-Hassan Senior Private Sector and Financial Adviser were also present at the meeting, whereas Director Projects, SBI, Azeem Uqaili assisted the Chairperson, SBI.—NNI

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