Pakistan is an investor friendly country. We offer equal treatment to local and foreign investors while all sectors are open for foreign investment under complete legal protection. The foreign companies can start their business without any official approvals on 100% equity basis. Moreover, the Government has established Special Economic Zones (SEZs) to offer some additional benefits and facilities to the foreign investors. Now, the foreign businesses can freely remit royalties, technical and franchise fee, capital, profits and dividends.
Moreover, to provide a hassle free business environment, I have placed the Board of Investment under my Secretariat to sort out expeditiously any unforeseen hitch in business operation. Now, the Board of Investment has almost become ‘One Window’ operation to facilitate investors. The Board has been mandated to attract and facilitate the investors.
Being the sixth populous country in the world, having a young demographic profile, abundant availability of skilled manpower, rich mineral resources and bumper agriculture production, Pakistan is an attractive destination for investors. Pakistan falls among the middle income countries and presence of a large middle class provides vast local market to the business as well.
Despite challenges in the recent past, Pakistan’s economy remains resilient. Our economy has achieved a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of seven percent. Modern banking sector, growing industrial and agriculture sectors are making significant contribution in the national economy. There are numerous opportunities for foreign investors especially in the engineering power, horticulture and manufacturing sectors. The Government aims to diversify the economy; therefore, an enabling investment environment for investors has been created in the country.
Our Government assures complete support and cooperation to both the local and foreign investors, and welcomes them to look at Pakistan as a preferred investment destination.
Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani,
Prime Minister, Islamic Republic of Pakistan