Govt of Sindh to initiate Doing Business Reforms across major departments

KARACHI: The Government of Sindh is implementing the Doing Business (DB) Reforms across different departments, said Sindh Board of Investment (SBI) Chairperson, Naheed Memon.

She said this while chairing a progress meeting on implementation of Sprint-2 of Doing Business Reforms in Sindh, said a statement on Friday.

The meeting was attended by officials from stakeholder departments from the Government of Sindh, namely Planning and Development Board, Board of Revenue, Sindh Building Control Authority, Sindh Revenue Board, Sindh Employees Social Security Institution (SESSI), Karachi Development Authority (KDA), Labor & Human Resource Department, and Industries Department.

The World Bank team was represented by World Bank Group Senior Economist, Amjad Bashir.

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Participants expressed satisfaction over the progress of the Sprint-2 and also deliberated third-party validation of reforms executed so far.

The reforms executed will be audited by one of the Big Four Auditing firms.

During the meeting, the SBI Chairperson, who is also the focal person for Doing Business Reforms in Sindh, reviewed progress updates by relevant agencies from the Government of Sindh.

She stressed the importance of facilitating online payments as something crucial to business reforms in Sindh as part of her vision. She reiterated that all agencies should ensure on-ground implementation of these reforms. The future plans for furthering the Doing Business agenda were shared at the progress meeting.

The main points of the agenda of Sprint-2 include setting up of facilitation centres at Labor department, Industries, SESSI Directorates and the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

One-Window Operation at Sindh Building Control Authority and Property Registration Reforms at Board of Revenue.

The facilitation centres will house an online portal which automates the business registration processes at all provincial departments. These centres will serve as a single port-of-call for all matters related to business registration and complaints.

The One-Window Operation at Sindh Building Control Authority (SBCA) will simplify the procedure of applying and obtaining Construction Permits through automation.

Similarly, the Board of Revenue will consolidate reforms made earlier by introducing new facilities and ensuring mainstream usage of available resources.

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