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Event Report: Pakistan Investment Seminar

Event Report: Pakistan Investment Seminar

 

UNIDO ITPO Tokyo jointly with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Board of Investment of Pakistan (BOI) organized “Pakistan Investment Seminar” online on 29 September 2020.

Followed by the Opening Remarks by HE Mr. Imtiaz Ahmad, Ambassador of Pakistan, HE Mr. Abdul Razak Dawood, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Commerce and Investment mentioned that Japan’s investments in various sectors of Pakistan has amounted to US$538 since 2012, and invited Japanese companies to explore and benefit from the opportunities being offered in Special Economic Zones in Pakistan. Mr. Dawood also introduced that Pakistan ranked 108th in the Ease of Doing Business Raking 2020 from 136th in the previous year, reflecting Pakistan government’s commitment and efforts to further improve the investor friendly business climate.

Mr. Atif R. Bokhari, Chairman of BOI mentioned that Pakistan’s economy remains resilient despite the impact of COVID-19 and emphasized that Pakistan is an ideal destination for investment with its geopolitical importance, abundant natural and human resources, as well as strong policy and structural reforms. He also introduced that an attractive incentive package is being offered for construction industry with an increasing demand of housing, which is estimated to be around 700,000 annually. Mr. Dawood listed the major sectors available for Japanese investors including power, infrastructure, telecom, textile, agro-based industry, food processing, pharmaceuticals, construction, tourism and auto sector.

Representative from the investment and trade offices in Balochistan, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab introduced the specific features of each province, business climate and potential sectors for investment, as well as Special Economic Zones (SEZs) available for investors. Q&A focused on the COVID-19 situation and its impact on Pakistan economy, the progress of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), and business opportunities in such sectors as logistics and waste management.

*You can view the presentation slides by clicking the presentation title in the programme below.

 

Seminar Outline

Date/Time:           29 September 2020 (Tue) / 14:00-15:30 (JST)
Format:                Online seminar * Live stream on zoom
Organized by:       JICA, UNIDO ITPO Tokyo, Board of Investment of Pakistan
Co-organized by:  JETRO Karachi
Supported by:       Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in Japan
                           Japan-Pakistan Business Co-operation Committee
Language:            Japanese-English simultaneous translation

 

Programme

14:00-14:05   Opening Remarks:    HE Mr. Imtiaz Ahmad, Ambassador of Pakistan, Embassy of Islamic Republic of Pakistan

14:05-14:10   Welcome Remarks:  HE Mr. Abdul Razak Dawood, Adviser to the Prime Minister (Commerce and Investment)

14:10-14:20   Speech:          “Investment Climate of Pakistan”
                                               Mr. Atif R. Bokhari, Minister of State/Chairman, Prime Minister Office, Board of Investment

14:20-14:35   Presentation:  Investment Opportunities in Balochistan
                                               Mr. Farman Zarkoon, Chief Executive Officer, Balochistan Board of Investment & Trade

14:35-14:50   Presentation:   “Investment Opportunities in Sindh” 
                                               Mr. Mehboob Ul Haq, Managing Director, Sindh Enterprise Development Fund,
                                               Investment Department, Government of Sindh

14:50-15:05   Presentation:  Investment Opportunities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
                                               Mr. Hassan Daud Butt, Chief Executive Officer, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Board of Investment & Trade
15:05-15:20  Presentation:   Investment Opportunities in Punjub
                                               Mr. Suhail Saleem, Director Facilitation & SEZ, Punjab Board of Investment & Trade

15:20-15:35   Q & A Session

15:35-15:40   Closing Remarks:   Mr. Yuko Yasunaga, Head of UNIDO IPTO Tokyo

 

 

Contact Details of BOI and Provincial BOIs can be downloaded from here

 

 

 

 

  • HE Mr. Imtiaz Ahmad, Ambassador (left), Mr. Tahir Cheema, Counsellor (right), Embassy of Pakistan

  • HE Mr. Abdul Razak Dawood, Adviser to Prime Minister

  • Mr. Atif R. Bokhari, Chairman, Board of Investment

  • Mr. Farman Zarkoon, CEO, Balochistan Board of Investment & Trade

  • Mr. Mehboob Ul Haq, Managing Director, Sindh Enterprise Development Fund, Investment Department, Government of Sindh

  • Mr. Hassan Daud Butt, CEO, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Board of Investment & Trade

  • Mr. Suhail Saleem, Direcotr, Punjab Board of Investment & Trade

  • Mr. Yuko Yasunaga, Head of UNIDO IPTO Tokyo