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KARACHI/ISLAMABAD: The World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC) has begun working on the outsourcing of operations and land assets of the country’s three major airports — Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi.

According to sources, the incumbent government has engaged the IFC as an adviser for the outsourcing process. The Civil Aviation Authority Board has approved the acquisition of IFC’s advisory services.

The federal cabinet has approved the draft Transaction Advisory Agreement (TASA) with the IFC by Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCCA) to outsource three airports.

Does airports’ outsourcing fall within scope of PPPA Act?

An IFC team, which has already visited the Karachi and Lahore airports, landed at the Islamabad airport on Monday and met senior officials from the airport’s management, ASF, ANF, Customs and FIA. The team members also met representatives of the Pakistan International Airlines, Emirates and Saudi Airlines at the airport.

The team’s visit will continue until April 14 and its members will meet representatives of the ground handling agencies and general aviation at the airport on Tuesday (Apr 11). The IFC team will also visit different parts and sectors of the airport to assess and evaluate its facilities and operations.

The government emphasised the outsourcing of services at the airports last December and termed it a common profit-driven practice worldwide. The prime minister, in a social media post, revealed that the government planned to outsource airports under the public-private partnership mode, which is being implemented in 44 countries, including the United States, UK, India, Bahrain and Brazil.

The government saw it as a major decision that would pave the way to foreign direct investment (FDI), which would help provide international standards and services at the airports.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2023

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Tulukan Mairandi Apr 11, 2023 04:48am
Basically everything is on sale in Pakistan.
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Kami Apr 11, 2023 08:05am
What specfic services going to improve? No one providing details about it
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Joe Apr 11, 2023 10:55am
Where are the guardians of the country! May be too busy with securing more real estate!
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Nasir Khan Apr 12, 2023 06:12am
Mind it Not operations of Airports only also Land Assets of Airports. Full details alogwith agreements should be made public.
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