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Chairman BOI hails $200 million investment by COCA COLA in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Chairman Board of Investment (BOI) Dr. Miftah Ismail on Wednesday hailed US$ 200 million investment by COCA COLA for establishing new beverage plants in Faisalabad and Islamabad region.

The General Manager Coc Cola Company, Chairman of Pakistan-Turkey Business Council and Coca Cola Beverages Pakistan Limited Atilla Yerlikaya along with three-member delegation visited BOI and met with its Chairman Dr. Miftah Ismail and discussed different investment opportunities available in Pakistan.

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The Chairman BOI welcomed the Coca Cola delegation and informed them that Pakistan has one of the most liberal foreign investment regimes in South Asia.

Dr. Miftah Ismail said 100 percent foreign equity is permitted in the manufacturing and infrastructure sectors of the economy as the country has a more market-oriented economy, with rapidly growing private sector in Pakistan.

The general manager Coca Cola Company thanked BOI for cooperation and facilitation and informed about the company’s future investment plans for establishing of two new plants at Faisalabad and Islamabad. He said the company has already invested US$ 500 million during this year on the up-gradation of the existing plants in Pakistan.

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Moreover, he said that Coca-Cola is a leading US investor in Pakistan. He said that Coca Cola is presently contemplating a further US$ 200 million of green field investment, and expand Coca-Cola’s production and distribution capacity in Pakistan.

Atilla Yerlikaya further informed that Coca Cola intends preferably to establish their units at Special Economic Zones (SEZ) in Pakistan.

The general manager Coca Cola also requested BOI for support on rationalization of tax regime in Pakistan and to curb the infringement, as some groups are violating industrial property rights and this practice is not only defaming original brands and reducing the revenue of Pakistan.

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The Chairman BOI Dr. Miftah Ismail said that BOI will extend full support to the general manager Coca Cola and advised them to establish their one unit at Faisalabad in SEZ, M.III which were agreed by Atilla Yerlikaya.

The Chairman BOI also assured the delegation to assist for their second unit at SEZ, Islamabad as and when finalized.

Dr. Miftah Ismail thanked Atilla Yerlikaya and his delegation and appreciated their efforts and intention with regard to boost new investment and economic relations between the two friendly countries.

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