From Business Correspondent
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan yesterday said the government was committed to improve ease of doing business and facilitate investors in every possible manner. He was talking to global leadership of Engro Foods and FrieslandCampina who met him here to discuss the development of Pakistan’s dairy sector.
FrieslandCampina, a multinational dairy cooperative based in Netherlands, is the world’s sixth largest dairy company operating in 34 countries.
Hein Schumacher, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) FrieslandCampina shared with the Prime Minister extensive experience of the company spanning over 145 years in dairy and livestock farming and how the company could aid Government of Pakistan in setting up the framework of Food Safety, which was critical to ensure safe nutrition in the country.
He said that in view of the huge potential of the country in the dairy sector FrieslandCampina was keen to further expand its business with introduction of technology and best practices vis-à-vis nutrition and production techniques. This, he added, would help the farmers increase their productivity and would thus facilitate the country capitalize its export potential in the sector.
Hein Schumacher underscored the need for a coherent regulatory framework which would help in providing better, safer and affordable nutrition to the consumers and the dairy companies to further grow their businesses in the country. The Prime Minister appreciated the interest of FrieslandCampina and Engro Foods for expanding their business in the country. He highlighted various policy initiatives taken by the present government, aimed at ensuring consistency and removing issues faced by the business community. The Prime Minister said that the government was cognizant of the need for putting in place a regulatory framework which would not only help regulate the informal sector, but also ensure quality of food products.
Hein Schumacher was accompanied by Roel Van Neerbos, COO (Chief Operating Officer) Consumer Dairy FrieslandCampina, Ali Ahmed Khan, MD Engro Foods and Syed Saud Ahmed Pasha, Director Corporate Affairs Engro.
Minister for National Food Security and Research Sahibzada Muhammad Mehboob Sultan, Special Assistant to PM Naeem-ul-Haq, Chairman Board of Investment Haroon Sharif and senior officials were also present during the meeting.