PM Imran agrees to declare construction sector an industry

Says facilitating business community his govt’s first priority

​ Our Correspondent September 12, 2019
Prime Minister Imran Khan. PHOTO: PID

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday gave in-principle approval to declare the construction sector as an industry as he claimed that facilitating the business community is the first priority of his government.

The premier was chairing a meeting attended by Special Assistant to PM on Information Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan, Board of Investment (BoI) Chairman Zubair Gillani, Secretary Housing Dr Imran Zeb and Naya Pakistan Housing Authority (NPHDA) Chairman Anwar Ali Hyder.

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Speaking on the occasion, PM Imran said the government is paying special attention to simplifying construction-related laws and minimising need for seeking unnecessary permissions and no-objection certificates (NOCs).

The NPHDA Chairman Hyder briefed the prime minister about steps, being taken to address policy issues, simplification of procedures, easy access to comprehensive information, abolishing of unnecessary approvals, compliance of zoning and development by-laws.

His briefing also highlighted steps related to using of technology, elimination/minimising the need for physical presence and personal interaction and doing away with discretionary powers, particularly during inspections, concurrent activities within stipulated timelines. Hyder also presented a short, medium and long-term roadmap for improving ease of doing business in the construction sector.

With additional input from APP


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