ISLAMABAD, Aug 27 (APP): Finance Minister, Mohammad Ishaq Dar has expressed satisfaction over the divestment process being facilitated by the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan and advised that the national interest should be kept supreme.
Chairing a meeting here to review the progress regarding the
divestment of shareholding of Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX), the Minister emphasized on the process to be completed speedily and with complete transparency.
He mentioned that with growing economic activity and business friendly policies of the government the capital market of the country possesses the potential of emerging as a regional investment hub.
He further emphasized that all necessary reforms be put in
place to facilitate the market to grow to its full potential so that the benefits can be passed on to the economy.
Finance Minister assured the government’s full support to the
Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) in its reform initiatives.
The Chairman SECP briefed the minister and informed him about the overwhelming response received from foreign and local institutions against the Expression of Interest (EoI) invited by PSX.
He was informed that the received EoIs are currently being
scrutinized by the SECP which will be followed by the due diligence, bidding process etc.
The SECP has held detailed consultative sessions with senior
market professionals and experts who have endorsed institutional shareholding structure for the stock exchange, including local and foreign investors, he added.
The Chairman said that it was expected to bring in the desired international expertise, technology, improved governance at the Board level and create international linkages for attracting foreign investment.
The local institutional participation will assist in enhanced
capital market outreach, local market knowledge and overall
objective of the government for financial inclusion, he added.
The meeting was attended by senior officers of the Ministry of Finance and the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan.