"International rating of Pakistan regarding Ease of Doing Business(EODB) has improved, which is a positive
sign. CPEC's promising development in Pakistan has caught interest of many foreign investors. Chinese
investors are eager to inest in clothing and food processing sectors of Pakistan, which would boost
competitiveness in the market and add value to current standards."
Pakistan is home to the world’s sixth largest population with a growing middle class. As of 2018, there are approximately 17 million middle class households and 102 million middle class individuals.
The food and beverage processing industry is the 2nd largest industry of Pakistan after textiles, accounting for 27% of the value-added production and 16% of employment in the manufacturing sector.
Food processing accounted for an annual average of $223.5m in FDI from 2012-2018.
The three major industry groups are (1) frozen food (2) value addition in major food crops and (3) fruits, vegetables and intermediate products.
Pakistan was awarded the Generalized Scheme of Preferences (GSP) Plus Status (Zero to Low Duty) by the European Union in 2014 which has the potential to greatly uplift the exports of processed food products.
With a population approaching 210 million, Pakistan is the 6th most populous nation in the world and continues to grow at a high rate of 2.4% per annum.
Transport itself contributes 22.3% of the services sector GDP and accounts for approximately 6% of the nation’s total employment.
Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth is 5.3% in 2016-17 and is forecasted to continue to grow to 5.8% in 2019.
International transport is connecting Pakistan via its border crossings, ports and airports to its neighboring countries and further abroad. Pakistan’s economy relies on these international connections, including a large Pakistani workforce in the Gulf States that fly in and out. In addition, there is a growing emphasis to increase trade with the Central Asian region.
Pakistan is the 8th largest exporter of textile products in Asia.
It is 4th largest producer and 3rd largest consumer of cotton.
It comprises of 46% of the total manufacturing sector and provides employment to 40% of the total labor force.
5% of the total textile companies are listed on the stock exchange. There are 423 textile industries working in the country.
Pakistan has supply base for almost all man-made and natural yarns and fabrics, including cotton, rayon and others. This abundance of raw material is a big advantage for Pakistan due to its beneficial impact on cost and operational lead time.
Pakistan’s Automobile industry contributes (2.8%) to its GDP and 30 billion rupees to the national exchequer in terms of taxes and duties.
Pakistan is home to the world’s sixth largest population with a growing middle class. There are approximately 17 million middle class households and 102 million middle class individuals as of 2018.
Pakistan’s automobile industry is fastest growing in Asia. The production and sales have both grown by 171% and 172.5% respectively between (2014 and 2018), all of which has been fueled by the Automotive Development Policy introduced in 2016.
On the 18th of March 2016, Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) passed the "Automotive Development” Policy 2016-21", which offers tax incentives to new automakers to establish manufacturing plants. In response various car manufacturers have expressed their interest in entering the market including, but not exclusive to, Renault, Nissan, Kia, SsangYong, Volkswagen and Hyundai.
The 4th Industrial Revolution is currently taking place and it is digital. The actual size of the 2016 digital economy was $11.5 trillion globally, which was 15.5% of the global GDP. The base digital assets comprise one-third, or $3.8 trillion, while digital spillover effects account for the remaining two-thirds, $7.5 trillion.
Pakistan, which has about 60% of its 200 million population in the 15 to 29 age group, represents an enormous human and knowledge capital. Pakistan has more than 2000 IT companies & call centers and the number is growing every year. Pakistan has more than 300,000 English-speaking IT professionals with expertise in current and emerging IT products and technologies, 13 Software technology parks, More than 20,000 IT graduates and engineers are being produced each year coupled with a rising startup culture.
In accordance with Pakistan Vision 2025 and the Digital policy of Pakistan 2018, the ICT industry size is targeted to reach $20 billion by 2025.
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