Exploring Foreign Direct Investment Opportunities
A Pakistan Business Council and Kearney Collaboration
The over-arching theme of Pakistan Business Council’s (PBC) advocacy is “Make-in-Pakistan,” objectives of which are to create jobs, promote value-added exports and encourage import substitution, both on a competitive and sustainable basis. It is critical to arrest the deindustrialization through pro-investment policies and to encourage both local and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).
The PBC and Kearney, a global consultancy teamed up to identify trends in, and the ways for, Pakistan to leverage FDI to maximize value-added exports and import substitution. Hitherto, much of Pakistan’s FDI has been market-seeking in nature, targeting demographic dividend from a fast growing, urbanizing and aspirational middle class.
The first part of the PBC/Kearney collaboration is a scan of the factors influencing global FDI, sectoral priorities and Pakistan’s relative sophistication. It also ranks Pakistan across 4 key policy pillars vs. Vietnam, India, Bangladesh and Indonesia and suggests the key improvement imperatives to create multi-dimensional investor proposition.
The next stage of PBC’s collaboration with Kearney will sharpen the focus on Pakistan’s needs for investment in value-added exports and import substitution sectors. It would also aim to identify specific potential investors to target.
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