Privatisation Review Meeting held

Federal Minister and  Chairman Privatisation Abid Hussain Bhayo  chaired a privatisation review meeting in Islamabad today focusing on the progress so far made in the transaction of various entities to be privatized. Federal Secretary Privatisation Dr Irum A. Khan, senior officials and consultants were present.

The Federal Minister/Chairman was briefed about the updated status of the privatisation of Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM). He was apprised that the meetings with the pre-qualified parties are underway as they have started their due-diligence process and on-site visits. Federal Minister desired that the PC should focus in order to resolve all the pending matters for the early revival of PSMC, as it is one of the biggest entities on the active privatisation list, and has incurred huge losses to the national exchequer since 2015.

In the review meeting, transaction status of NPPMCL was also discussed. The Federal Minister was informed that a series of meetings with stakeholders have been held on the debt and equity matters. For that purpose, a plan of action has already been agreed upon regarding debt-refinancing for the plant from local and  commercial banks. Once the debt-refinancing and recapitalization is finalized, the sale of equity shares will quickly follow.

The Federal Minister also reviewed the  privatisation  of  HBFCL and First Women Bank Limited. The privatisation of House Building Finance Corporation Limited (HBFCL) will likely be completed in the current FY, as national and international investors have shown keen interest  in it. The EOIs for FWBL will be published after completion of the audit of its financials up to June 2022, the  Minsiter was briefed.

The privatisation of DISCOs was also discussed in the meeting. The working group formed for the revival of DISCOs had already  given its proposals and subsequently CCoP had approved the concession model and management contract model for the privatisation of ten DISCOs.

The role of local and provincial governments for salvaging the DISCOs was also discussed as it has  become more crucial after the National Electrical Policy-2021.

Federal Minister Abid Hussain Bhayo directed that all concerned must put conserted efforts for the materialisation of Privatisation goals.