A Women Business Park has been planned to promote female entrepreneurship in Khyber-Pakhtunkhawa (KP) and provide a conducive business environment for women entrepreneurs.
This was revealed at a meeting of the Economic Zone Development and Management Corporation held here under the chairmanship of KP Chief Minister Mahmood Khan.
In order to put the industrial sector on the path of sustainable development and accelerate industrial activities in the province, new economic zones are also being set up.
In the last fiscal year, four new economic zones were launched, including Rashakai Special Economic Zone, Jalozai Economic Zone, Nowshera Economic Zone (extension) and DI Khan Economic Zone.
Together, around 300,000 new job opportunities are expected through these initiatives. In addition, the 89-acre Ghazi Economic Zone and the 40-acre Chitral Economic Zone have been established and are expected to launch within the next two months.
The Ghazi Economic Zone is expected to create around 17,980 job opportunities and the Chitral Economic Zone 8,000 direct and indirect jobs.
Special Assistant to Chief Minister of Industries Abdul Karim, Secretary of Industries Hamayun Khan, Chief Secretary of CM Amjad Ali Khan, CEO of KP-EZDMC Javed Khattak and other relevant senior officials attended the meeting.
The meeting participants received a detailed briefing on the establishment of industrial units in existing and newly created economic zones and those to be established in the future in the province.
The forum was informed that an investment of more than Rs31 billion had been mobilized while 1,290 industrial units had been installed in existing economic zones.
It was further reported that work to revive closed industrial units in economic zones was underway.
In addition, the creation of the Women Bussiness Park was also proposed to promote female entrepreneurship in the province.
The chief minister called industrial development one of his government’s key priority areas and said a major investment was being made in this sector.
He asked the concerned authorities to ensure the progress of all the projects within the given deadlines and expressed his satisfaction with the performance of KP-EZDMC.
On the other hand, to stimulate tourism in accordance with the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan, the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government sent a letter to the federal government to establish restaurants and service areas with all modern facilities on highways and roads. roads leading to tourist sites to facilitate visitors to the province.
The letter also called on the federal government to install an appropriate monitoring system for tourists on national roads and entry routes to scenic spots to record accurate visitor data.
Posted in The Express Tribune, August 5e, 2021.