Islamabad, 21 June, 2020

The Finance Bill for the FY 2020-21 has incorporated Rs. 100 Billion Privatization proceeds as part of the ‘Non-Tax Revenue Receipts’ for the FY 2020-21. The Privatization Commission is fully committed and endeavored towards timely achieving the target. For efficient implementation of privatization program PC is working on reforms including a computerized track record of the timelines through a software to be kept for a closer monitoring of transaction processes. Standardization and simplification of procurement of transaction advisory services and transaction documents to bring in uniformity, consistency, and transparency in the privatization process and effective management of the transaction process. 

Federal Minister Mohammedmian Soomro chaired the meeting today and was briefed about ongoing transactions. Significant progress is underway on various entities in the active privatization list. Due diligence for various entities is in final stage, likewise the procurement process for appointment of Financial Advisors is also at advance stages for certain entities. 

As per the latest implementation plan prepared by the Privatisation Division, it is expected that transactions for privatizing Heavy Electrical Complex (HEC), both RLNG Plants: Haveli BahadarShah and Balloki is likely to be completed in second quarter of the current financial year. For Nandipur Power Plant, Financial Advisors are hired, and due diligence of FA is in progress and likely to be completed during the FY 2020-21. Moreover, Services int’l Hotel (SIH), Jinnah Convention Center (JCC), SME, First Women Bank Limited (FWBL) and House Building Finance Company Limited (HBFC) are scheduled for the next FY for completion. For SME, qualified bidders have been notified to participate in buyer side due diligence leading to bidding process.

 The revival of Pakistan Steel Mills and to turn it into a profitable entity is one of the important agendas of current government and Ministry of Privatization. In this regard another  meeting was held ,  attended by PCB Board Member and all relevant stakeholders including Ministry of Industries & Production, Chairman Pakistan Steel Mills Board, Project Director, Financial Advisory Consortium and Director General, Privatisation Commission and other Members of the Committee.
The Transaction Committee discussed the revised Transaction Structure for revival of Pakistan Steel Mills. Different options were considered for revival and Financial Advisory Consortium was directed by the Committee to further fine tune proposals.Another session of the Transaction Committee has been scheduled on Tuesday to finalize the Transaction Structure. The recommendations of the Committee will be presented to the PC Board and Cabinet Committee on Privatization for necessary approvals.

 Though conducive economic and market conditions will also be closely evaluated in order to ensure maximum privatisation proceeds for the Federal Government from these transactions. Moreover, Policy and Legal reforms will also be an important landmark envisaged for the upcoming FY 2020-21; this is likely to shape-up and further streamline the privatization process.  
A meeting of Key Stakeholders on the issue of Receivable & Payables by E-Electric was also held at Privatisation Commission, chaired by Minister of Privatisation and attended by senior officials from Power Division, Finance Division, CPPA, NTDCL and Privatisation Commission. The representatives of Govt. of Sindh, SSGCL and K-Electric also participated the meeting through video link. The meeting deliberated on finalization of Arbitration Agreement to settle the K-Electric Receivables & Payables from various Public Sector entities. Many important aspects of the arbitration agreement were agreed by the Stakeholders. For few unsettled issues it was decided to have a follow-up meeting next week. 

It is also pertinent to mention that few privatisation transactions including Divestment of up to 20% shares of Pakistan Reinsurance Co. Ltd, divestment of up to 7% shares of OGDCL ,divestment of up to 10% shares of PPL, divestment of up to 20% shares of State Life Insurance Corporation divestment of 18.39% shares of Mari Petroleum Company Limited, Pakistan Engineering Co.(PECO),and Privatisation of Sindh Engineering Limited are temporarily on hold due to unfavorable market conditions, encumbrances and other pre-requisite formalities to address fundamental regulatory and legal issues pending with concerned ministries and management of the entities.

Moreover, the transactions which had to be halted during ongoing FY 2019-20 due to COVID-19 pandemic are ready to be completed as soon as the circumstances so warrant. The auction of the Federal Government owned 28 properties, earlier scheduled to be carried out in April 2020 will now be carried out as soon as the existing restrictions ease out and market conditions are deemed suitable.