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Chinese businessmen ready to start operations in Pakistan, PM told


PMDU presents report about officers involved in misrepresentation on Citizen Portal

ISLAMABAD   –  Prime Minister Imran Khan Saturday directed the authorities concerned to facilitate all Chinese investors, who were setting up industries in Pakistan, on emergency basis by resolving their issues related to road connectivity and the provision of utilities.

“We will support Chinese businesses in Pakistan on the priority basis, and are grateful to them for their keen interest in accelerating their investment in Special Economic Zones (SEZs),” said Prime Minister Imran Khan in a meeting with Chinese business delegation led by Chen Yan from Challenge Fashion (Pvt) Ltd.

During the meeting, the prime minister was told that Chinese businessmen are almost ready to start operations in the glass, ceramics and information technology sectors. The prime minister said that Pakistan and China were connected not only in the past or present but would remain united through their future generations too. “We appreciate the valuable relationship of the peoples of the two countries,” he added. It is worth mentioning that OPPO, one of the leading tech manufacturers in the world, is going to establish a local mobile manufacturing unit and a research and development centre in Pakistan.

It would not only save a lot of foreign exchange reserves on the import of smart phones annually but would also create employment opportunities for our tech graduates. The meeting was also attended by Energy Minister Muhammad Hammad Azhar, Advisor on Commerce Abdul Razzak Dawood, SAPM on Political Communication Dr Shahbaz Gill, SAPM on CPEC Affairs Khalid Mansoor and Chinese Ambassador Nong Rong along with senior officers concerned.

In his remarks, Chinese Ambassador in Pakistan Nong Rong said that he was very happy as since the prime minister’s previous meeting with the Chinese businessmen on September 13, a lot of issues had been resolved and great progress had been achieved.

He said that the Chinese entrepreneurs were encouraged and hoping a great progress after this meeting.

“We will send a more positive information to China to encourage more Chinese businessmen to make decision to invest in Pakistan,” he commented.

A Chinese entrepreneur representing OPPO, said that the company had already been present in Pakistan for more than seven years and had put in around $150 million in the country. He said like other companies, for OPPO too, it was a very good environment in Pakistan to continue to invest there and the interaction with the prime minister helped the swift resolution of the issues.

He thanked the prime minister for helping the Chinese businessmen by extending facilitation to them.

“If anybody comes to me today and ask whether they should invest in Pakistan, I will say yes,” he remarked.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday directed the authorities concerned to take action against the government officers who had been detected faking complaints registration and resolution at Pakistan Citizen Portal to show increased satisfaction of the citizens at their respective dashboards.

“I personally monitor public complaints at Citizen Portal. No laxity to be tolerated in resolution of public complaints. No leniency will be shown towards the officers faking resolution of public complaints,” the prime minister said.

The Prime Minister Delivery Unit compiled an investigation report on the dashboards of 254 officers regarding frivolous complaints. The Unit had investigated the dashboards of 154 officers in Punjab, 86 in KP, three in Sindh and 11 in federal government.

The probe revealed 44 Punjab officers found involved in fake complaints and Chief Secretary of the province had already acted against them. The KP chief secretary acted against 39 government officer and suspended those involved.

In Punjab, among those who faced action also included three officers terminated from service, seven suspended, and two transferred from the position.

Inspector General of Punjab Police took action against 45 officers, 10 by IGP KP and three by IGP Sindh.

The prime minister issued instructions to the chief secretaries and IGPs of the provinces, calling for no laxity to those showing negligence towards public complaints.

As per report, at National Highway and Motorway Police, one complainant lodged 12 complaints and suggestions and later expressed satisfaction and appreciation towards department. Moreover, no evidence was found for lodging fake complaints to increase the satisfaction level on part of the department.

The PMDU recommended to permanently block all IDs used in frivolous complaints and asked for seeking clarification from all concerned about misconception regarding public feedback.

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