Opportunities in the Development of Pakistan's Private Sector

Opportunities in the Development of Pakistan's Private Sector

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Pakistana€™s economic crisis is one of the main sources of its instability, but government and donor efforts to stabilize and grow its economy have so far been inadequate. One of the barriers to investing in Pakistana€™s private sector has been the perceptions of risk due to insecurity and corruption. This report suggests that opportunities for economic cooperation are hidden among those real risks. It reviews a number of sectors, focusing on small and medium-size enterprises, where foreign investors might find opportunities for joint ventures and investments, including the stock market, financial services, information and communication technologies, agriculture, consumer goods, and private education. Prospects for growth in these sectors derive from Pakistana€™s large and growing population, consumer spending trends, and other comparative advantages. This report should be treated not as a guide to investing but as a study of where U.S.-Pakistan policy dialogues might focus on connecting investors with entrepreneurs.Returns on stocks traded in the Karachi Stock Exchange (KSE) grew by 50 percent between 2012 and 2013. ... The impressive returns are due in part to an amnesty scheme, implemented between January 2012 and June 2014, whereby the ... with Western stock exchanges, so some investors put money into KSE- listed stocks to diversify their portfolios.2 Returns on the short-term bond is particularly high.

Title:Opportunities in the Development of Pakistan's Private Sector
Author: Sadika Hameed
Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield - 2014-10-07

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