Special Economic Zones launched in Thatta, Chakwal

SEZs to include industries in medical sector, metals recycling, automobiles, paint, marbles, agriculture, renewable energy, paper recycling, artificial intelligence

ISLAMABAD: The Dynamic Engineering and Automation (DEA), a privately owned engineering servicing company, has launched two Special Economic Zones (SEZs) at Pir Phato, Thatta and Padshahan, Chakwal districts.

The development concludes negotiations with Chinese investors and companies to establish manufacturing facilities, global service centres, R&D labs and sales centres with an estimated investment of $5 to $7 billion.

The master layout of the SEZs will be prepared by China Urban-Rural Holding Group, which specialises in rural and urban revitalisation, eco-friendly designs and implementation of balanced development of regions in China.

A number of multi-billion Chinese companies have confirmed their investment plans in the two SEZs which have been launched in an effort to promote Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in line with the vision of Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan, DEA CEO Owais Mir said on Wednesday.

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“We have signed agreements with Shenyang Biotech Group, Neusoft Medical Systems, HE Vision Group, Lovol Heavy Industries, Wondfu Medical, Kaper Technologies, Green Agrotech, Shenglin Metallurgical Group, Red Crown Intelligent Technology, Shanghai Rich Tai Industries and Dandong automation to act as the local partners and facilitators,” he told the media.

The Chinese investors will establish industries in the medical sector, metals recycling, automobile including EV, paint, marbles, agriculture and farming, renewable energy, paper recycling, artificial intelligence in the SEZs.

The decision to formalise the partnership through these MoUs for establishing various projects have already been made from both sides and a key milestone for both countries in their long-term relationship was to make it public after extensive evaluation and identifying the core competencies and strong synergies between them.

“These initiatives would generate employment and business activities in the henceforth neglected rural areas,” Mir added.

In health care initiatives, the DEA is collaborating with HE Vision China to build a state-of-the-art eye hospital that will be fully equipped with advanced technology. The hospital aims to provide free of cost eye treatments and checkups in the less privileged poor areas.

The project will fall under the classification of the CPEC Healthcare Sector in Pakistan under the “BRI Belt and Road” initiative.

Owais Mir said that the DEA was already providing energy solutions e.g., Synthetic Natural Gas (SNG) and LNG equipment services in Pakistan and also focusing on healthcare, manufacturing and industrial parks development sector.

The SEZs law will allow the creation of industrial clusters with liberal incentives, infrastructure facilities, tax reliefs and investment facilitation services to enhance productivity and ease in doing business through one window operation.

Considering the vital need of improving health infrastructure in Pakistan, Project Director PMU-CPEC-ICDP of the Board of Investment (BOI) on Industrial Cooperation (IC) under CPEC, Asim Ayub, stressed the need for the development of Smart SEZs and that BOI lays special emphasis on promoting Joint Ventures (JVs) between local and foreign firms.

 

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14 COMMENTS

  1. Pakistanis do not benefit from China making such SEZs in Pakistan, because no Pakistani is allowed to work in such projects made by China. At the same time, no material is purchased from any company in Pakistan. On the other hand, the government of Pakistan gives tax rebate to these projects as well, which does not get the revenue that Pakistan gets. Viewed in this way, such projects are an attempt by China to take over Pakistan’s land and the Pakistani army and officials take bribes and close their eyes against them. Whereas innocent people of Pakistan have to suffer a lot from these Chinese.

    • Absolutely you are right all EPC contracts have same clauses. There is no benefit to us. Only local labor is hired at minimum cost with zero facilities. Even they misbehave Pakistanis.
      We need to think.

  2. Chakwal will become another industrial hub and infrastructure will improve. Local people will get lots of benifits

  3. its not good for Pakistan and also for Chakwal. I am also belong from Chakwal. There is a huge mine behind it. they will rule on Pakistan because of this project. they will purchase land in Pakistan and people of Pakistan just work for them in Pakistan for very low cost with no facility.

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