Islamabad-Privatisation transactions of Heavy Electrical Complex (HEC), Haveli BahadarShah and Balloki RLNG power plants are likely to be completed in second quarter of fiscal 2020-21.

A meeting to review ongoing Privatisation of public entities was held here with Federal Minister Mohammed Mian Soomro in chair was informed that 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.

The Finance Bill for the FY 2020-21 has incorporated Rs100 Billion Privatisation proceeds as part of the ‘Non-Tax Revenue Receipts’ for the FY 2020-21.It was informed that 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.

For efficient implementation of Privatisation program PC is working on reforms including a computerized track record of the timelines through software to be kept for a closer monitoring of transaction processes. It was further informed that standardisation and simplification of procurement of transaction advisory services and transaction documents has been introduce which will bring in uniformity, consistency, and transparency in the Privatisation process and effective management of the transaction process.

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. 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 Privatisation. 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 privatisation for necessary approvals.

Meanwhile another 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 per cent shares of Pakistan Reinsurance Co. Ltd, divestment of up to 7 per cent shares of OGDCL ,divestment of up to 10 per cent shares of PPL, divestment of up to 20 per cent shares of State Life Insurance Corporation divestment of 18.39 per cent shares of Mari Petroleum Company Limited, Pakistan Engineering Co.(PECO),and Privatisation of Sindh Engineering Limited are temporarily on hold due to unfavourable 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.