INVESTMENT PROMOTION

Issue:

Attracting investment to Pakistan has always remained one of the main goals of all governments.

Strategy:

We identified this issue and partnered with The Economist to bring to Pakistan their well-known “Roundtable Conference” which they organise in several countries of the world. This was a prestigious brand name and the government was invited to attend the RTCs. The condition was that only high-level government participation would help in putting through a message that they are serious in attracting investment in the country. The successive governments agreed to this contention taken by us.

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  • In 1993 Mediators organized the “First Roundtable Conference (RTC)” with the Government of Pakistan jointly with The Economist Conferences. It was fully sponsored by the private sector. It was inaugurated by the then Prime Minister Mr. Nawaz Sharif.
  • In 1994 & 1995: “The Second and Third RTC” were organized with the government of Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.
  • In 1997 the “Fourth RTC” was again with Mr. Nawaz Sharif’s government.

Result:

All these conference were well-attended by the local and foreign investors. The conferences were sponsored fully by the private sector thus showing their commitment and interest in investing in Pakistan. Each conference was attended by at least 150 CEOs and many Asia Pacific heads of operations flew in to attend the conference. Many investment friendly laws and regulations were made as a result of the recommendations and investments were made by leading multinationals.

Issue:

Each government wants to encourage investment in the Small and Medium Enterprises (SME’s). Strategy: We encouraged Habib Bank to organise a “Seminar on Small and Medium Enterprises Challenges and Potential” in 2002. This conference was inaugurated by then Finance Minister, Mr. Shaukat Aziz.

Results:

Over 300 SMEs attended the seminar. The bank and the finance minister discussed the problems faced by the SMEs and promised to solve the issues.

Issue:

The Asian Development Bank and Small and Medium Enterprise Development Authority (SMEDA) contacted us to organise a series of seminars for educating the SMEs. They had participated in our 2002 seminar as guests.

Strategy:

We developed a data-base of SME of three cities -- Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad – and conducted workshops for “Small & Medium Enterprise Stakeholders.”

Results:

Over 400 hundred small and medium entrepreneurs attended these inter-active workshops.

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