Protection Of Economic Reforms Act 1992

PROTECTION OF ECONOMIC REFORMS 1992

II Act No. XII of 1992

AN ACT TO PROVIDE FOR FURTHERANCE AND PROTECTION OF ECONOMIC REFORMS

WHEREAS it is necessary to create a liberal environment for savings and investments; and other matters relating thereto;

AND WHEREAS a number of economic reforms have been introduced and are in the process of being introduced to achieve the aforesaid objectives;

AND WHEREAS it is necessary to provide legal protection to these reforms in order to create confidence in the establishment and continuity of the liberal economic environment created thereby;

It is hereby enacted as follows:

1. Short Title, Extent And Commencement 

(1). This Act, may be called the Protection of Economic Reforms Act, 1992.

(2) It extends to the whole of Pakistan.

(3) It shall come into force at once.

2. Definitions

In this Act, unless there is anything repugnant in the subject or context:

(a) “Government” includes both the Federal Government and any Provincial————————Government;

(b)”economic reforms” means economic policies and programmes, laws and regulations announced, promulgated or implemented by the Government on and after the seventh day of November, 1990, relating to privatization of public sector enterprises, and nationalized banks, promotion of savings and – investments, introduction of fiscal incentives for industrialization and deregulation of investment, banking, finance, exchange and payments systems, holding and transfer of currencies; and 

(c) all other expressions used in this Ordinance shall have the meaning, respectively assigned to them under the relevant laws.

3. Act To Over-ride other Laws

The provisions of this Act shall have effect notwithstanding anything contained in the Foreign Exchange Regulation Act, 1947 (VII of 1947), the Customs Act, 1969 (IV of 1969), the Income Tax Ordinance, 1979 (XXXI of 1979), or any other law for the time being in force.

4. Freedom to Bring, Holds, Sell And Take Out Foreign Currency

All citizens of Pakistan resident in Pakistan or outside Pakistan and all other persons shall be entitled and free to bring, hold, sell, transfer and take out foreign exchange within or out of Pakistan in any form and shall not be required to make a foreign currency declaration at any stage nor shall any one be questioned in regard to the same.

5.Immunities to Foreign Currency Accounts

1. All citizens of Pakistan resident in Pakistan or outside Pakistan who hold foreign currency accounts in Pakistan, and all other persons who hold such accounts, shall continue to enjoy immunity against any inquiry from the Income Tax Department or any other taxation authority as to the source of financing of the foreign currency accounts.

2 The balances in the foreign currency accounts and income there from shall continue to remain exempted from the levy of wealth-tax and income tax and compulsory deduction of Zakat at source.

3 The banks shall maintain complete secrecy in respect of transactions in the foreign currency accounts.

4 The State Bank of Pakistan or other banks shall not impose any restrictions on deposits in and withdrawals from the foreign currency accounts and restrictions if any shall stand withdrawn forthwith.

6. Protection of Fiscal Incentives for Setting-up of Industries

The fiscal incentives for investment provided by the Government through the statutory orders listed in the Schedule or otherwise notified shall continue inforce for the terms specified therein and shall not be altered to the disadvantage of the investors.

7. Protection of Transfer of Ownership to Private Sector.

The ownership, management and control of any banking, commercial, manufacturing or other company, establishment or enterprise transferred by the Government to any person under any law shall not again be compulsorily acquiredor taken over by the Government for any reason whatsoever.

8. Protection of Foreign and Pakistan Investment

No foreign, industrial or commercial enterprise established or owned in any form by a foreign or Pakistani investor for private gain in accordance with law, and no investment in share or equity of any company, firm, or enterprise, and no commercial bank or financial institution established, owned or acquired by any foreign or Pakistani investor, shall be compulsorily acquired or taken over by the Government.

9. Secrecy of Banking Transaction

Secrecy of bonafide banking transactions shall be strictly observed by all banks and financial institutions, by whosoever owned, controlled or managed.

10. Protection of Financial Obligation.

All financial obligations incurred, including those under any instrument, or any financial and contractual commitment made by or on behalf of the Government shall continue to remain in force, and shall not be altered to the disadvantage of the beneficiaries.

11. Rules

The Federal Government may make rules for carrying out the purposes of this Act.