PM Shehbaz Sharif directs to remove visa hurdles for CPEC personnel

By Shafqat Ali | Gwadar Pro Aug 16, 2022

ISLAMABAD, Aug.16 (Gwadar Pro) - Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Monday afternoon directed to remove all hurdles in the issuance of visas to Chinese personnel related to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and give priority to the Chinese companies.

The PM also constituted a committee to resolve the problems faced by the foreign investment companies, particularly related to Gwadar Free Zone.

The committee will submit a comprehensive report along with recommendations to the prime minister within 10 days.

Chairing a high-level meeting on investment, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said the Chinese investment companies would be provided facilities on a priority basis.

He directed to remove hurdles in the issuance of visas to Chinese personnel with immediate effect.

The PM ordered the Investment Board, Planning Ministry, and Finance Ministry to jointly devise a comprehensive plan to promote investment. The meeting was attended by federal ministers including Miftah Ismael, ChaudhrySalikHussain, AhsanIqbal, and Advisors Tariq Fatemi, ZafaruddineMehmood, and senior officials.

The PM was apprised about the investment of $10 billion by companies in areas of energy, infrastructure, railways, and other projects.

He was told that in the first phase, an investment of one to two billion dollars was expected in the projects which would lead to the creation of 45,000 employment opportunities besides improving the ‘Ease of Doing Business Index’ of the country.

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