PESHAWAR: Danish investors and their partner Fatima Group have urged to Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister to help them get No-Objection Certificate for two cement plants, one in Haripur and the other in Dera Ismail Khan.
Ambassador of Denmark Rolf Holmboe met with Chief Minister Mahmood Khan and discussed facilitating the investors.
The CM assuring cooperation has directed secretary industries to resolve the irritants on an accelerated basis.
Chief Minister Mahmood said K-P government offers an investment friendly environment to both the domestic and foreign investors in the three special economic zones of the province.
However, industrialisation should not come at the cost of environmental degradation, he said.
“Policy framed for investment in the province would be followed in letter and spirit and all projects in the special economic zones should be environmental friendly,” he said.
The meeting with Ambassador Holmboe followed a detailed presentation by the Fatima Group.
The Danish investors and Fatima Group are jointly investing $300 million in project of setting up cement manufacturing plants in Haripur and Dera Ismail Khan.
Minister for Mineral Development Dr Amjad Ali, Special Assistant to CM on Industries Abdul Karim Khan, Principal Secretary to CM Muhammad Israr, Head of Strategic Support Unit Sahibzada Saeed, administrative secretaries and Fatima Group’s officials were present in the meeting.
Representatives of Fatima Group said that they were a reputable Pakistani conglomerate which wants to establish cement plants in Haripur and DI Khan districts.
Both of these plants will be environment-friendly production facility that will contribute to the social and economic development of the whole region creating over 2,500 direct and indirect employment opportunities.
Besides, the managements of the cement plants set up by the Fatima Group and the Danish investors will also upgrade and establish schools, technical institutes and medical facilities within the vicinity of the projects, the representatives of the conglomerate told the meeting.
The investors requested for the NOC by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to Fatima Cement for project site at DI Khan, issuance of mining lease to Fatima Cement and support in establishing special economic zone in DI Khan and Hairpur. The participants were briefed about the expertise of the Danish government supported Fatima Group and different sectors.
CM Mahmood welcoming the Danish ambassador assured all out facilitation for the Danish foreign funded Fatima Group’s projects in Hattar special economic zone and D.I.Khan.
He assured that the issues related to the smooth launch of the project would be taken care of.
He said that recently the provincial government had a meeting regarding investment of China Road And Bridge Corporation (CRBC) in Rashakai Special Economic Zone.
The CM said that it is appreciable that this province would have one of the largest cement plants of the country, which will be meeting all environmental conditions.
Mahmood assured of total transparency in the matters of setting up the plants and merit based decision making under the law of the land.
He said that it is encouraging to see the change of perception both of domestic and foreign investors, who are coming to the province for investment in different sectors.
No more red tape
The red-tape was a thing of past. “The attitude of the public sector is now magnanimous, welcoming and facilitating investors in different sectors,” the CM said assuring of speedy processing of documentation to facilitate the investors.
He asked them to prepare a master plan along with feasibility that would be processed on fast track. He directed the Secretary Industries to sit with the Fatima Group for accelerating the resolution of irritants if any and take all out efforts to facilitate the investors. He also directed the relevant quarter to resolve the NOC from EPA and mining lease related issues in this regard.
The CM said that K-P is fast emerging as centre of trade and industrialisation in the wake of CPEC.
Industrialisation, he added would create job opportunities, enhance trade and business activities that would lead to the overall prosperity of the province.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 12th, 2019.