Foreign airport operators show interest in Islamabad Int’l Airport bidding

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Foreign airport operators show interest in Islamabad Int’l Airport bidding

ISLAMABAD, APR 27 /DNA/ – Foreign Minister, Ishaq Dar has chaired an online meeting with Heads of the Missions to inter-alia review the progress made on market sounding efforts being made through Pakistan’s Missions Abroad for outsourcing of Airports.

The Secretary Aviation / DGCAA presented the progress review and informed the Chair that concerted efforts by Heads of the Missions in Tukey, Malaysia, UAE, Qatar, Paris, Spain, Germany, Kuwait, UK and Switzerlandhave reinvigorated interests of well-known Airport operators, who have shown positive interests in bidding of Islamabad International Airport.

The renewed interest of foreign Airport Operators testifies economic stability and confidence of investors in the political stability in Pakistan. The Chair emphasized on the need of enhancing economic diplomacy and efforts to bolster trade & investment ties with the foreign countries.

The session was followed by 9thMeeting of Steering Committee on Outsourcing of Airports, which was inter-alia attended by Secretary Aviation / DGCAA, Secretary Law & Justice, Additional Secretary MoFA ME, Additional Secretary BOI,DG ASF, DG ANF, Additional DGCAA, Additional DG FIA (Immigration), senior officer of Pakistan Customs and IFC Team.

The IFC presented progress review report and highlighted that foreign investors are showing keen interest in the bidding process of Islamabad International Airport and a healthy competition is expected. The fora also reviewed Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) and service delivery benchmarks worked out by international consultants to improve quality of services at airports.

It was assured by the heads of government agencies that all out efforts shall be made for observance and adherence to service delivery benchmarks to ensure seamless passenger experience at Airports.

The Chair stressed on IFC to expedite and complete the required tasks within stipulated time frame for outsourcing of Lahore and Karachi Airport.=DNA