Pakistan flag Pakistan: Investing in Pakistan

Investment framework and opportunities in Pakistan

Procedures Relative to Foreign Investment

Freedom of Establishment


However both foreign and domestic investors are restricted to establish and own business enterprises in the following five industrial sectors which are of national importance: arms and ammunitions, high explosives, currency/minting operations, non-industrial alcohol, and radioactive substances.

Acquisition of Holdings
A majority holding interest in the capital of a local company is legal in Pakistan except in certain sectors where investments are subject to limitations.
Obligation to Declare

Foreign investment in an existing Pakistani company essentially follows the same regulations as that for new ventures. Any purchase of shares by a foreign investor would require such investment to be registered with the State Bank of Pakistan so as to enable the entitlement of foreign investment similar to that of a new venture.

There are no minimum or maximum limits imposed on the age of individual investor ownership in a public limited company. However, in accordance with the Companies (Issue of Capital) Rules 1996, the sponsors shall at all times retain 25% of the capital of the company.

Competent Organisation For the Declaration
Ministry of Finance
Board of Investment
Requests For Specific Authorisations

Acquisition of more than 10% stake in an insurance company should get prior approval from the SECP.

Similarly, in case of transfer of 5% or more shares of any bank or financial institution by foreign investors, the permission of the State Bank of Pakistan is required.

Return to top

Investment Opportunities

Investment Aid Agency
Pakistan Board of Investment
Tenders, Projects and Public Procurement
Tenders Info, Tenders in Pakistan
Globaltenders, Tenders & Projects from Pakistan
DgMarket, Tenders Worldwide
Other Useful Resources
Privatization Commission
Securities and Exchange Commission
Ministry of Finance

Return to top

Any Comment About This Content? Report It to Us.


© eexpand, All Rights Reserved.
Latest Update: March 2024

Return to top