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PR No.158 BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO DELEGATION CALLS ON FINANCE MINISTER Islamabad: January 18, 2017

Eight members global team of British American Tobacco (BAT) led by Jack Bowles, Director Asia Pacific Region called on the Finance Minister Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar here today and discussed issues relating to tobacco industry in Pakistan.

Finance Minister said that the government firmly believes that no economy can grow without the participation of the business community. After achieving macro-economic stability, he said, the government is more focused on economic growth. He further said that government is extending maximum facilitation to Private Sector to enable it to play its due role in increasing economic opportunities for the people. He said that government had taken a number of steps to curb the production and smuggling of illicit tobacco products and would continue to pursue this course. He directed the Federal Board of Revenue to keep close liaison with the industry in this regard

Director of the British American Tobacco briefed the Minister about his company’s business in Pakistan and around the globe. The British American Tobacco (BAT) team thanked the Finance Minister for the measures taken by the Government to curb illicit trade of tobacco products in the country. This would facilitate legal and quality tobacco business as well as ensure proper taxation of such businesses

The meeting was attended by the Special Assistant of the Prime Minister Haroon Akhtar Khan, Chairman FBR and senior officials of the Ministry of Finance and FBR

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