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Govt determined to facilitate foreign investors: PM

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has said the government was determined to facilitate foreign investors to invest in diverse areas of the country’s socio-economic, energy and financial sectors and ensure security of their investments.

The prime minister expressed these views during a meeting here with Ashmore Group’s Chief Executive Mark Coombs, who called on him along with a delegation.

Adviser to the Prime Minister Abdul Razak Dawood and Board of Investment’s Chairman Haroon Sharif were present during the meeting.

Ashmore is a specialist emerging markets investment manager with over 25 years’ experience. The Group has also made investments in healthcare, power and telecom sectors as well as waste management in different parts of the world.

The Ashmore Group’s chief executive apprised the prime minister about his company’s investment in the metal can manufacturing plant for beverages in Faisalabad. The company is also training locals in the manufacturing plant.

Mr. Coombs said it was an ideal time for investment in Pakistan and his company was keen in investing further in the country.

He expressed his desire for establishing three commercial hospitals in Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi in collaboration with King’s College London.

The prime minister appreciated the investment made by Ashmore in Pakistan and welcomed the plan of the company to establish three hospitals in the country.

A day ago, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry had reiterated his government’s stance in TV interview that it was not interested in taking loans but keen to attract investment.

He said Saudi Arabia was the first country which was taking interest in energy and petroleum sectors with huge investment. “We wish that Saudi Arabia should make heavy investment in Pakistan, “

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