ANKARA- Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has assured Government’s full support and maximum facilitation for investment in Pakistan. While speaking at a meeting with the Chairmen/CEOs of leading Turkish business groups in Istanbul, he urged them to become development partner of Pakistan. The Pakistani Prime Minister informed the Turkish businessmen about the measures taken by his government that resulted in increasing the GDP quarterly rate from 2.9 percent to 5 percent, about 17 percent rise in Karachi Stock Exchange, increased foreign remittance and more business activities. “Our Government plans to raise the GDP growth rate above six percent and is trying to bring more foreign investment in the energy, infrastructure, low cost housing, municipal services, agro-based industry, information technology and textile sector” said the Prime Minister. The Turkish businessmen who met with the Prime Minister included Mustafa Koc, Chairman Koc Group; Oguz Carmikli, Vice-Chairman Nurol Group; Hakan Ozman, CEO and Deputy Chairman of GAMA Holding; Nehat Ozdemir, Chairman Limak Holding; Ibrahim Cecin, Chairman IC Holding; Alp Yalcin Taskent, Chairman of STFA; Ahmet Albayrak, Chairman of Albayrak Group; Ahmet Zorlu, Chairman of Zorlu Holdings; Korhan Kurdoglu, President of ATA Holding and Turgay Ciner, Chairman and CEO of Ciner Group. Koc group showed keen interest to invest in electrical appliances manufacturing, dairy development, and bus manufacturing. The finished products could then be exported from Pakistan. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan will facilitate and encourage them to have partnerships with Pakistan’s private sector.
Minister for Water & Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Advisor to Prime Minister on National Security & Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi and Chairman Board of Investment Miftah Ismail Ahmad were also present in the meeting.