PC Board deliberated the pre-qualification of investors for PSMC

Federal Minister for Privatisation Mohammedmian Soomro chaired Privatisation Commission Board meeting today in Islamabad. The agenda regarding the pre-qualification criteria of investors for Pakistan Steel Mills Corp. (PSMC) revival, auction result of Services International Hotel (SIH) among others.
The revival of Pakistan Steel Mills is one of the important objectives of privatisation plan, as the mills is not working since 2015 hence the government planned to bring foreign and domestic investors for the revival of largest industrial corporation of Pakistan. There have been consecutive meetings with the stakeholders and Ministries to resolve the issues. According to the approved transaction features approved by CCoP) the identified core operating assets would be transferred to the new subsidiary owned by PSMC named Steel Corp. (Pvt) Ltd, and then the divestment of equity stakes of the subsidiary shall be 51-74% through bidding process.

 In view of the decision of Cabinet Committee, EOI for investors would be invited, for the purpose the pre-qualification of investors. The draft document containing eligibility criteria along with basis of disqualification for the potential investors was placed before the PC Board for deliberation and approval.
The Privatisation Commission (PC) Board approved the RSOQ and EOI documents. In the light of the decision of Federal Cabinet, Ministry of Privatisation will publish the advertisement, inviting the Expression of Interest (EOI) after filing of scheme of arrangement (SOA) by Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM) with SECP.
The PC Board also recommended highest bidder, for Service International Hotel, i.e. Faisal Town Pvt. Ltd along with offered bid which is higher than the reserved price. The letter of acceptance to the successful bidder will be issued after seeking approval of the CCoP/Cabinet. 

The PC Board was also apprised that maximum efforts were made by the Financial Advisors who reached out maximum potential investors; but due to resource mobilization, liquidity constraints and overall macro-economic outlook in the backdrop of Covid-19 pandemic the response of the potential bidders appears lackluster.  The financial advisors have also informed that the serious investors are reluctant to deal in public assets/property for their own reasons. Ministry of Privatisation widely publicized open auction of Services International Hotel (SIH) transactions in all the leading newspapers and social & electronic media was also used for the wider circulation to make the process open and transparent.

Federal Minister said that we have come long way, with a focused objective to revive the largest industrial unit of Pakistan, which could run in its best capacity and contribute to the national economy.