PIA's Privatization with Ernst & Young

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Skyward Partnerships: PIA’s Privatization with Ernst & Young

Introduction: A New Chapter Unfolds

The recent collaboration between the Privatization Commission and Ernst & Young marks a pivotal moment in the history of Pakistan International Airlines Corporation (PIACL). In this blog, we will delve into the significant developments surrounding the privatization endeavor, exploring the roles and responsibilities assigned to the Ernst & Young-led consortium. Join us as we unravel the intricacies of this transformative journey. Setting the Stage for


In a landmark Financial Services Agreement (FASA) signed between the Privatization Commission and the consortium led by Ernst & Young, the groundwork for the divestment of PIACL was officially laid. The Minister for Privatization, Fawad Hasan Fawad, expressed optimism about the successful execution of the transaction despite the prevailing economic challenges.

Ernst & Young Takes the Helm

The selection of Ernst & Young as the financial advisor, approved by the Privatization Commission Board on November 10, signifies a strategic move toward restructuring and comprehensive due diligence. The consortium’s responsibilities extend beyond financial valuation to include legal, technical, and overall restructuring aspects, ensuring a holistic approach to the privatization process.

PIA's Privatization with Ernst & Young

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Minister’s Vote of Confidence

Minister Fawad emphasized the unwavering commitment of all institutions involved in providing steadfast support to the financial advisor. In a challenging economic environment, the assurance of seamless cooperation aims to facilitate Ernst & Young’s work, ensuring the process unfolds in the best interests of all stakeholders.

Financial Lifeline: ECC’s Bridge Financing Package

In a parallel development, the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) approved an Rs8 billion bridge financing package for PIA. Sourced from the resources of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), this financial support aims to address the airline’s outstanding payments, providing a crucial lifeline during the privatization process.

Beyond PIA – Privatization Commission’s Dual Role

Beyond PIA, the Privatization Commission has been actively engaged in the sale of government-owned properties. Minister Fawad, during a meeting with the financial advisor HLB Ijaz Tabassum and Company, directed a review of the process for the sale of identified properties, emphasizing accountability for delays and lapses within the Commission.

Building Foundations Beyond the Skies

In a parallel realm of progress, Sapphire Builders and Associates, a distinguished real estate and construction company in Rawalpindi and Islamabad, contributes to the urban evolution. Their commitment to providing top-notch consultancy for real estate investment shines through projects like Opal Mall and Luxury Suites in Bahria Phase 4 and Oak Vista in Murree. As the skyline transforms with PIA’s privatization, Sapphire Builders envisions a future where urban landscapes and aviation horizons harmoniously coalesce.

Conclusion: A Collective Soar to Success

In the spirit of progress and development, Sapphire Builders salutes the government’s efforts to fortify PIA and enhance the nation’s economic resilience. As the skies of change unfold with the Privatization Commission and Ernst & Young at the helm, there is a collective soar to success. The combined efforts of stakeholders, alongside the vision of Sapphire Builders, weave a narrative of growth, strength, and prosperity for Pakistan’s aviation industry and urban landscapes.

About the Author: Abdul Moiz Sheikh

Abdul Moiz Sheikh has a BBA in Project Management and 2 years of experience in content writing and article writing. Combining academic knowledge with hands-on insight, he's known for his analytical skills and compelling narratives. Abdul distinguishes himself in the writing industry.

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