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Privatization committee reviews transaction structure for revival of Pakistan Steel

Pakistan Steel Privatization

The Cabinet Committee on Privatization (CCoP) approved the issuance of the Scheme of Arrangement (SOA) by the Privatization Commission (PC) for the revival of Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM). 

While presiding over the Cabinet Committee on Privatization (CCoP) on Tuesday, Shaukat Tarin, the Federal Minister for Finance appreciated the efforts of related departments regarding the revival of Pakistan Steel Mills.

The meeting was attended by Minister for Industries and Production, Khusro Bakhtyar, Minister for Privatization, Muhammad Mian Soomro, Advisor to the Prime Minister on Institutional Reforms and Austerity, Dr. Ishrat Hussain, Chairman of Security and Exchanged Commission of Pakistan, concerned Federal Secretaries and other officials. 

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The Committee gave the approval of the Scheme of Arrangement (SOA) by Privatization Commission for the revival of Pakistan Steel Mills. The Secretary, Privatization Commission briefed the meeting about the development with reference to the decision, taken by Cabinet Committee on Privatization in the last meeting, held in June.  

The committee directed the Privatization Commission to speed up the work of soliciting Expression of Interest and strive to close the transaction soon. Now, after this approval, the Privatization Commission can easily file the Scheme of Arrangement with the Security and Exchange Commission of Pakistan.  

The arrangement will include the financial report of Pakistan Steel Mills and its subsidiary, approved by the Privatization Board for transferring the utility connections to the newly formed subsidiary without the encumbrances, approval for the retention of new subsidiary either by the government or Pakistan Steel Mills, and acceptable size of the investment.  

The Cabinet Committee on Privatization has already given the approval of transferring of “Identified Core operating Assets” into a wholly-owned subsidiary of Pakistan Steel Mills through the SOA in accordance with the Companies Act of 2017, followed by the sale of majority shares of the newly-formed subsidiary to strategic private sector partner.  

In December 2020, the transaction structure was approved, according to which a subsidiary was to be formed for transferring the identified assets and then the sale of majority shares of the newly formed subsidiary without transferring the ownership. 

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