ISLAMABAD, Feb 2: A first ever business centre has been setup in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to help the overseas Pakistanis in establishing their businesses in the country by providing rent-free spaces and training to the aspiring entrepreneurs.
The initiative has been launched following an understanding between the Government of Pakistan and UAE-based Samana Group of Companies, consequent to the efforts by Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development Syed Zulfikar Bukhari who had negotiated with the UAE authorities during his recent visit.
As per understanding, UAE government would provide space to Samana Group of Companies to lunch its operations that would later accommodate Pakistani entrepreneurs there to initiate their businesses, the official sources told APP Saturday.
The Samana group was the first company which took such initiative to facilitate the Pakistani companies, start up and business professionals to translate their business related dreams into reality.
The sources said, the youth belonging to Pakistani diaspora would be able to register their companies and small start ups free of charge through the very business centre.
The Samana Group's Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Imran Farooq recently visited Pakistan at the invitation of the SAPM who had invited him to discuss possibilities of launching the initiatives in the Emirates.
In the meeting, both side discussed the various initiatives and the SAPM assured the company to extend every facility in this regard.
Zulfikar Bukhari congratulated the interested youth for having an opportunity to execute their business ideas in UAE, adding that a number of successful Pakistani businessmen were already working in Dubai and sending huge remittances to the country.
“Extremely pleased to have well established overseas Pakistani across the globe contributing big towards national development by helping those who are less fortunate,” Bukhari tweeted soon after meeting the delegation of Samana Group of Companies.
Eulogizing their spirit, he lauded the efforts of the CEO for providing nesting space and business centre services voluntarily to Pakistani entrepreneurs trying to settle in UAE.
“We welcome Pakistan’s initiatives of opening up country’s economy. We, as a member of Dubai’s business community, equally stand by the initiatives launched by our new government.
We also welcome Pakistani businessmen who plan to start business in Dubai but they do not have enough investment and technical know-how to start with. We encourage them to come forward and join our first of its kind offer of rent-free workspaces at our Star Business Centre for initial three months. We will also provide free business advisory,” said a statement issued by the company.
The Star Business Centre offered state-of-the art workspaces in Dubai’s sought-after business districts, Business Bay and Jumeirah Lake Towers. The centre would ensure the ease of doing business in Dubai for Pakistani entrepreneurs.