According to the World Bank’s “Doing Business” report 2012, Pakistan is ranked as one of the most investment friendly nations and 3rd for “Ease of Doing Business” in South Asia and the 32nd globally for “Investment Protection.”

Business regulations have been profoundly overhauled along liberal lines, especially since 1999. Most barriers to the flow of capital and international direct investment have been removed. Foreign investors do not face any restrictions on the inflow of capital, and investment of up to 100% of equity participation is allowed in most sectors. Unlimited remittance of profits, dividends, service fees or capital is now the rule. Business regulations are now among the most liberal in the region.

The ready availability of skilled professionals, adequate infrastructure and affordable rates result in  considerable time and cost savings for the entrepreneurs; making Pakistan a contender for destination of choice for investors.

Potential Sectors

Investment Promotion Measures

The government has adopted and implemented certain policies to incentivize and facilitate the inflow of FDI into the province of Punjab.

Some of the key measures are highlighted below:

  • Removal and simplification of outdated and unnecessary procedures, approvals and legislation
  • Greater private sector role in industrial zone development
  • Implementation of proactive, cost effective, responsive and targeted promotion strategies
  • Effective investor facilitation services
  • Creation of a centralized databank
  • Creation of Specialized Economic Zones (SEZ’S)

For further details on relevant legistration and policies click here.

Public-Private Sector Coordination

A strong public-private sector link is vital for promoting and attracting investment. Over the past few years the government has worked on developing a strong and effective working relation with the private sector.  There is now an effective unity and consistency between the two sectors for implementing shared policy objectives.