Mineral and Gemstone Processing Special Economic Zone
The initiative seeks investment from Chinese Design Institutes, or collaboration of them with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Economic Zone Development and Management Company (KPEZDMC) through a government-to-government collaboration, for establishment and operation of Design Institutes to serve the industries in 3 Special Economic Zones (SEZs) of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (K-P), and the wider industry base in Pakistan. In particular, the focus is for establishment of Design Institutes for selected Industry Clusters in SEZs at Rashakai, Hattar, Dera Ismail Khan (or another feasible location).
The proposed Design Institutes of K-P will provide instrumental services of Product Design Support, Process & Plant Design, Support for Product Development, Manufacturing Support, and Machinery Selection Support, etc. to local, foreign and Chinese firms operating in SEZs and elsewhere.
These Design Institutes will be linked to strong back up support from Chinese parent institute, and will be linked / 'married to' a local University. Initially, the Design institute may provide a 'Customer Liaison / Service Centre' while the expert technical work is undertaken in China. They will also, sign a collaboration agreement where it trains Pakistani engineers and engineering managers, and provide all design management systems.
Market for Design Institutes in K-P is open - as there is no existing competition in organzied segment - and there is a great demand for such entities. Local and foreign industries currently operating in the province, and those willing to operate here, seek to obtain services from specialized Design Institutes to expand, innovate, bring out new products, enhance efficiency to contribute to local economy. By establishment of Design Institutes, each industry cluster will therefore be appropriately enabled.
K-P government has setup professional institutions like Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Board of Investment and Trade (KPBOIT) and KPEZDMC, and has also enacted business-friendly Industrial and Investment Policies, to facilitate investors in their endeavors (See info sheet on K-P Industrial and Investment Policy). The provincial government is also committed to be the partner of investors by providing them all the basic infrastructure so that journey of development continues with no hindrances.