Karachi: According to news reports, Syed Qasim Naveed Qamar, Special Assistant to the Chief Minister (CM) for Investment Department and Public-Private Partnership, announced on Tuesday (October 26) that building on the Dhabeji Special Economic Zone (SEZ) will begin early next year.

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During the press conference, the CM’s aide noted that the Dhabeji SEZ is a priority project under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor’s industrial cooperation phase (CPEC). He went on to clarify that the province government has decided to conduct the project through an international competitive bidding procedure as a public-private partnership.

According to reports, the Dhabeji project was projected to generate $1 billion in investment and 100,000 jobs. The bidding process was completed in compliance with Sindh Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (SPPRA) Rules, according to Special Assistant Qamar.

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The developer will also be responsible for providing utilities and infrastructure, as well as handling operations and maintenance in the SEZ, according to the CM’s assistant. In order to develop Dhabeji into a commercial and industrial centre, the provincial government would offer direct access to both the National Highway and Port Qasim.

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