Dawood reviews EODB reforms, stresses close liaison between Centre, provinces

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ISLAMABAD: Advisor to Prime Minister on Commerce Abdul Razak Dawood on Thursday chaired a high-level meeting to review the reforms undertaken by the government with regard to the promotion of ease of doing business (EODB) in the country.

During the meeting, held at the Board of Investment (BOI) in Islamabad, Dawood highlighted Pakistan’s improved position in the Doing Business Report 2019, as it moved from 147th to 136th. He appreciated the implementation of reforms and insisted that a continuous effort from all provincial and federal government departments is required.

The advisor stressed that the EODB reforms are among the top priorities of Prime Minister Imran Khan, who reviews the progress regularly.

“The prime minister has already chaired a number of review meetings. The next meeting, which is expected soon, will involve participants from all relevant federal and provincial ministries,” he added.

Addressing the participants, BOI Chairman Haroon Sharif said that the government is pushing the reform agenda, which would transform the business climate in the country. He reiterated that the approach of all government departments was important for the efficient implementation of reforms.

BOI Executive Director General Fareena Mazhar briefed the participants about the completed reforms. She mentioned that an update on the reforms is being submitted to World Bank Group.

Later, the officials from all government agencies also shared the implementation status of their respective agencies.

The PM’s advisor expressed satisfaction over the performance of the agencies, directing them to ensure that all reforms in progress are completed before April 30.

He stressed the importance of improving the business climate, saying that close coordination among the government departments played a crucial role in the efficient and transparent facilitation of investors.

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