For the relief of many investors and business community, Pakistan has become a safe haven to a large extent. Much of the credit goes to the stable security conditions in the country along with recent investor friendly government polices.
German Ambassador to Pakistan, Ms Ina Lepel, in a recent meeting with the Finance Minster Ishaq Dar highlighted that many leading German companies are planning to invest heavily in the energy and Telecom sectors of Pakistan. It was stated by the German representative that their companies find the current government’s policies to be investor friendly specially the rigorous efforts made by the Senator to attract foreign investment.
They exchanged views regarding the economic conditions in the country and how each party would reap the benefits from ongoing opportunities. It would not be an exaggeration to call the recent budget to be business friendly as it offers numerous incentives for industries and investors. The senator stressed that German organizations should take complete advantage from the liberal investment options given by Pakistan. He also assured complete assistance to any investor that considers Pakistan’s economy to be in their investment radar.
MSCI Emerging market Status on the cards
Amid poor law and order situation and deteriorating economic indicators, Pakistan’s status was downgraded from ‘Emerging Market’ to ‘Frontier Market’ in the MSCI Index in 2008.
This decision is expected to be reverted in the context of stable security situation due to ongoing military operation along with improving economic conditions. As current budget is also supporting businesses and investments, the upgraded ranking will surely boost investor confidence with German FDI being a concrete proof.
Many more investments to follow…implementation still a question mark?
Pakistan is undoubtedly becoming a rising star and a highly promising emerging market for foreign investors as an FDI of USD 1 billion is expected to sink in the economic pool by 2017-18. However, the biggest hurdle still lies in channelizing these funds and ensuring they end up fueling the economy since implementation has always been a menace for economic stability.
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