With its unique geo-strategic location, vast human resources and a huge untapped growth potential, Pakistan provides attractive incentives and liberal policies for investment in all sectors of the economy for foreign and local investors. The traditional as well as non-traditional sectors of our economy offer the business community great opportunities to invest in the country and to have maximum dividends on their investments.
The value-added textiles, food processing, information technology, logistics, automobiles and tourism sectors are some of the areas where great potential exists for investment to the mutual benefit of all. The Government of Pakistan is cognizant of various challenges to its economy and is undertaking every possible effort to overcome these challenges and ensure a business friendly climate. I invite you to visit Pakistan and to take advantage of investment opportunities in the country.
Dr. Arif Alvi
President, Islamic Republic of Pakistan
With over 210 million inhabitants, Pakistan offers its investors a strong and large consumer market with an ever expanding middle class. Strategic location at the crossroads of South Asia, Central Asia and West Asia and close proximity to the Gulf countries, makes Pakistan a promising regional hub and an important market for intra and inter-regional trade and investment. Pakistan as an investment destination, offers investor friendly policies with the commitment to resolve and enhance the business competitiveness in the region.
Almost all sectors of economy are open to investment with attractive incentives and liberal policies to give investors a competitive and thriving business environment.
Pakistan has an edge over all its regional competitors. The country offers equal opportunities to foreign and local investors. As an emerging economy, Pakistan offers the opportunity of diversification to global players with strong intention to structural reforms in various sectors of the economy. Pakistan presents vast investment opportunities with lucrative returns to investors.
The Government, as a policy leader, has significant role of facilitating entrepreneurs to enhance ease of doing business. We have mandated the Board of Investment to serve as facilitator to investors and I am sure that there will be facilitation to the investors at the highest level of the Government as well. I strongly believe that this is the right time to invest in Pakistan - don't miss the opportunity.
Prime Minister,Islamic Republic of Pakistan
The focus of all reforms efforts is to facilitate investment
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Pakistan offers liberal investment regime.
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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.
Pakistan is the 5th most populous country in the world, with 220 million citizens, more than 60 million strong labor force and a growing middle class.
Out of total population, 36.38% resides in urban areas whereas 63.62 lives in rural parts.
There is a growing demand for houses due to a 2.4% annual population growth rate as per census 2017.
The country’s construction industry accounts for 2.53% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) according to the Pakistan Economic Survey. The sector employs 7.61% of the employed Pakistani labour force.
GFCF in private sector grew by 20.6% between FY2019 and FY2020. Private sector GFCF amounted over 95% of the total.
China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has given a boost to the construction sector through the influx of infrastructural projects including highways, power plants, and dams.
Pakistan is rich in its tourist destinations offering a diverse range of choices for different types of tourists. The country is home to one of the oldest civilizations in the world, has innumerable locations of scenic beauty, world’s highest mountains, many religious and historic places, unique arts and crafts and a rich culture and heritage.
The British Backpacker Society ranked Pakistan as the world's top adventure travel destination in 2018, describing the country as "one of the friendliest countries on earth, with mountain scenery that is beyond anyone’s wildest imagination”
Pakistan is home to a number of UNESCO world heritage sites like, Archaeological Ruins at Moenjodaro, Buddhist Ruins of Takht-i-Bahi and Neighbouring City Remains at Sahr-i-Bahlol, Fort and Shalamar Gardens in Lahore, Historical Monuments at Makli, Thatta, Rohtas Fort and Taxila.