ISLAMABAD -  The Board of Investment (BOI) is committed to facilitate the foreign investors by providing them modern facilities in Special Economic Zones (SEZs).

Board of Investment (BOI) spokesman Shah Jahan said that the SEZs investors would get the facility for plant and machinery import without customs duty in all four provinces of the country. Three each SEZs would be established in Punjab and Sindh and one in Khyber Paktunkwa, he added.

The Board of Investment (BOI) has said that seven Special Economic Zones (SEZs) was approved by the government for facilitating and attracting the investors through one window operation. He said that nine more Prioritised Special Economic Zones (SEZs) would also be established in Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Paktunkhwa (KPK), Balohistan, Northern Areas and Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (FATA).

He said that nine prioritised industrial zone proposed for high tech industry meant to enhance the export and employment opportunities to the people in the country. He said the SEZ Cell had been furnished on the contemporary corporate style and would be equipped with state-of-art facilities.

He said the government would hold road shows in China, Italy, Singapore, United Kingdom and United States (UK) including all big economies in coming few months for increasing Pakistan's Foreign Direct Investment. Through new work plan, the BOI would hold road shows in collaboration with chambers of commerce and industries and All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) for focusing on textile and steel industry.

He said, “Through pro-active approach, we are focussing to achieve the FDI target of $15 billion by 2025.” He said that Pakistan's Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) had increased by 12.4 percent in third quarter of current fiscal year from January 1 to end of March 2017. He said that huge foreign investment in automobile sector would be expected from different groups because of the prudent policies of the government.

The spokesman said that foreign investors were keen to invest in various sectors of Pakistan. He said the government is committed to provide ease of doing business for foreign investors and also global competitiveness for Multinational Companies (MNCs).

He said that BOI had digitalised visa process for foreign investors and now the investors could apply online for business visa from anywhere and they would be responded in very short period of time. The duration of visa process had now been reduced from six months to weeks subject to the verification from different agencies, he added.

He said, "We have also transformed the liaison and branch office from manual to online to facilitate the investors. He informed that Pakistan was in top 10 countries in world for improving in investment laws and providing facilities for doing business to foreign investors .

He said that Pakistan had one of the most liberal foreign investment regimes in South Asia. Priority of BOI was to reviving the confidence of foreign businessmen to ultimately boost foreign investment in the country, he added.