Companies Bill 2016 tabled in Parliament

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ISLAMABAD, Nov 18 (APP): Finance Minister, Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar here on Friday presented the Companies Bill 2016 in the National Assembly.
The Companies Ordnance 2016 has been promulgated through a
Presidential Ordnance and has now been laid before the National Assembly as required under Clause (2) of Article 89 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
The Minister said that the Bill had been finalized after extensive
consultations with all stakeholders to introduce best international corporate practices in Pakistan.
He pointed out that there was a dire need to revamp the thirty two
years old Companies Ordinance, 1984, in order to provide an improved competitive legal framework for the corporate sector in Pakistan.
The Minister stated that all stakeholders expressed their unanimous
support for enacting Companies Bill, 2016 and expressed the hope for its enactment at the earliest in order to help address long standing demand of the business community.
He observed that the Bill provided major emphasis on ease of doing
business, a statement issued by the Ministry of Finance here said.
The Finance Minister elaborated the Bill provided maximum
facilitation to corporate sector and envisaged use of technology at all levels including filing of documents to SECP electronically, supply of documents, information, notices to the members electronically, attending meetings through video link and voting through e ballot.
The Bill aimed to provide protection of interests of minority
shareholders and creditors as well as encouraged inclusion of independent and non executive directors in the company’s boards, the minister added.
The Bill also required real estate companies to provide enhanced
protection to investors.
The Bill also provides for Shariah certifications of companies.