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Pakistan: market snapshot infrastructure

With a population of over 230 million, Pakistan has massive potential as a growing market and a huge need in the upgrade of the infrastructure. Our partner in Pakistan, the Swiss Business Council, has listed a big number of interesting infrastructure opportunities for you. Learn more about Pakistans large infrastructure projects and how Swiss companies can contribute. 

Bridge in Pakistan

Pakistan’s large population is increasingly becoming more tech-savvy and also creates opportunities for innovative solutions to urbanization be offered. Despite Covid-19 pandemic and a consequent trend of an overall decline in the South Asia region, Pakistan has progressed on spot in the Belt and Road Infrastructure Development Index (2021) and claimed 5th position globally in infrastructure development.

Industrial growth has sparked massive demand in all facets of Pakistan’s air, sea, rail, road and physical infrastructure. Apart from this, there is an immense potential in development of tourism infrastructure. As per ADB’s country operations business plan for Pakistan (Country Operations Business Plan) 2021-2023, ADB is consistent with its country partnership strategy for Pakistan, 2021-2025. Pakistan to continue cooperation with Turkey, UAE and Germany in various fields, which includes Gas & Energy Infrastructure, Tourism, Mines & Minerals, Municipality & Transport, renewable energy, health care, biotechnology, agricultural technology, logistics, digital communications, e-commerce & financial services, more details are given on this link: Projects.

Key infrastructure projects

Energy

  • OGDCL also discovered new gas reserves in the Ghotki district of Sindh.  OGDCL claims that the latest discovery will help in overcoming the energy crisis in the country.
  • According to World Economic Forum - during the pandemic, the country made a bold announcement to shift away from a coal-based pathway towards renewable energy by announcing a target of achieving 60% clean energy mix by 2030.

Transport

  • Pakistan Railway was once the only enterprise providing rail service in the country, now Pakistan has comfortable luxury buses, covering the distance across the country. The road network has been expanding constantly. New motorways and expressways made throughout the country have significantly reduced the time it takes for goods and people to reach their destinations, which is also attracting international firms to set up their manufacturing plants for luxury buses. New initiatives like the establishment of Gwadar Port the construction and upgradation of new airports around the country and further expansion of the highway network have great potential for Swiss companies.
  • Development of International Airport in Gawadar, The Greenfield Airport built across an area of 4,300 acres is the biggest in Pakistan and will become Pakistan’s second airport capable of handling A380 aircraft. It will be operational from December, 2022 and will connect east and the west.

Public utilities

Telecom

Industry events in 2022 & 2023

BUILD ASIA (BA) 

The 16th edition of BA exhibition will take place on 17th-19th December, 2022 at Karachi Expo Center. The event is organized by full UFI member of Global Association of Exhibition Industry (Paris, France), Ecommerce Gateway Pakistan (Pvt.) Ltd. with an aim to focus on the immense potential of the Building and Construction Industry in Pakistan.

INTERNATIONAL SOLAR ENERGY MEET

The exhibition is scheduled on 12 – 14 May, 2023 at Expo Center Lahore. The meet is the ideal meeting place for global and local stakeholders, C-level executives, leading industry experts, manufacturers and suppliers, decision-makers, policymakers, and government officials from across the value chain to engage in dialogue, discuss current challenges and business opportunities.

Swiss companies with attractive/sustainable solutions and technologies are encouraged to explore current opportunities in more detail and to consider visiting the market.

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Learn more about how to contribute to Pakistan's large number of infrastructure projects and discuss the potential and possible market entry strategy for your products and services in the market.

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