Punjab Industries Secretary Ehsaan Bhutta has said that 17 provincial and three federal departments are working at the Business facilitation Center where investment promotion and information counters are also established to facilitate business persons.
Speaking at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Lahore, he said that key departments like Home Department, Special Economic Zone Authority, energy, forest, livestock, environment, tourism, and others have been established under the vision of ensuring an ‘investment-friendly’ environment.
Earlier, Lahore Chamber President Kashif Anwar welcomed Secretary Ehsaan Bhutta and his delegation members – Commerce Additional Secretary Ijaz Muinir, WTO Punjab chief Zuhaib Mushtaq, Punjab Industrial Estate Development Management Company (PIEDMC) CEO Ali Moazam, Punjab Board of Investment & Trade (PBIT) CEO Jalal Hasan and Commerce Deputy Secretary Abubakar Zubair.
The industries secretary said that a few months ago, Punjab chief minister and industries minister visited China where they observed a trade facilitation model and planned to implement it in the province. On the occasion, Lahore Chamber President Kashif Anwar called the establishment of the Business Facilitation Center a great initiative. “Punjab government has done its job and now it is our responsibility to inform our members about Business facilitation Center and ask them to visit this center and avail benefits,” he said.
To aware Lahore Chamber members, he said that brochures regarding the Business Facilitation Center have been e-mailed. He said that the members have been asked to let the Lahore Chamber know which NOCs were not available so that the department concerned could be requested to provide the required facility. He said that improvement in business conditions would encourage Lahore Chamber members to use the Business Facilitation Center.
Secretary Ehsaan Bhutta said that the Business Facilitation Center was a long-standing demand of the business community. He said that the chief minister had formed a committee having representation from various chambers of commerce. He also said that this committee was chaired by the chief minister himself. He said that work has been started to establish regional offices of the Business Facilitation Center in Multan, Gujranwala, Bahawalpur, Faisalabad, Sialkot and other cities of Punjab.
He said that a system has been developed that whoever was the applicant, his application immediately goes to the department concerned and at the same time, it goes to the secretary of that department. He also said that the application was reviewed twice a day, and reasons for delay were also ascertained. He said that 90 percent of businesses require no objection certificates. He said that special treatment was being given to the applicant at Business Facilitation Center.