China, Pakistan to develop Faisalabad as a major industrial hub: Report

ISLAMABAD, Jan.11 (INP): China and Pakistan have decided to develop Faisalabad as a major industrial hub, through joint ventures.

According to Gwadar Pro App, China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) opens many opportunities for the business community to make the city as an ideal one for economic growth.

Faisalabad, being the 2nd largest industrial city of Pakistan can achieve further economic growth, specifically in the industrial sector by utilizing these opportunities.

11 joint ventures are recently established in Special Economic Zone Faisalabad as a result of the three new areas of future cooperation under the second phase of CPEC which is aimed to boost the exports.

Earlier Prime Minister Imran Khan performed the ground breaking of Allama Iqbal Industrial Zone which was the first ground breaking of an Industrial estate under CPEC.

This project is expected to create around 300,000 jobs and attract PKR400 billion investment in automobiles, value-added textiles, engineering, pharmaceuticals, food processing, chemicals, construction materials, FGCG, and packaging sectors.

Not only will it contribute to the GDP and increase exports, but it will also encourage import substitution.

The central location of the city on the eastern route of CPEC along with its 4500 acres industrial estate located on the main M-3 motorway provides the ideal conditions for the setting up of new state-of-the-art industries.

The industrial city of Faisalabad meant for housing foreign and local investors besides giving impetus to economic activities in the country, is a second mega project of the Special Economic Zone of Faisalabad Industrial Estate Development and Management Company (FIEDMC).

The first already existing “M-3 Industrial City” is spanning over an area of 4356 acres, located on Motorway M-3, near Faisalabad city. It offers one window operation, the most important need for the business community, saving valuable time and money of citizens.

This one window operation included allotment of plots, provision of electricity, obtaining of NOCs / permits / registration from different government departments and provides all possible facilitation until the enterprise comes into full production and afterwards.

Faisalabad is hailed as the industrial belt of Pakistan and is home to the largest agricultural university in Pakistan and as well of Asia.

It is the country’s third largest economic state and the Manchester of Pakistan in terms of Textile and its apparel products. The economy is also enhanced by Faisalabad’s historic and cultural importance.

Being the Textile Industrial city of Pakistan Faisalabad brings the city one of the largest development budgets in the country with heaving 5 billion USD exports from textile made-ups.

It is also the most advanced in terms of infrastructure, having extensive and relatively well developed road links to all major cities in Punjab and KPK and Sindh through M-3, M-4, a rail link and an international airport.