Pre-Investment Studies

Pre-investment studies for the districts in Punjab were first published by the Directorate of Industries and Mineral Development, Punjab in the year 1979, with the prime objective of providing data which might interest private entrepreneurs and the framers of the provincial and national strategies in the industrial sector. The second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth series of pre-investment studies for all the districts of Punjab were published in 1983, 1992, 2002, 2006 and 2009 respectively. The present edition is seventh in the series.

This study basically updates the information contained in the fifth series of district pre-investment studies. Efforts have been made to provide latest information collected through published sources, offices of the respective Government Departments/Agencies and District Offices of Industries Department. Quality addition of Industrial Policy Framework, recently promulgated Special Economic Zone Act 2012, Strategic Trade Policy Framework (2012-15) and digital maps by urban unit has improved these studies significantly.

The information has been updated in respect of population, manpower, production of agriculture crops, fruits, vegetables, livestock, forest resources, ores/minerals, infrastructural facilities such as technical/vocational training facilities, communication network, subsoil water quality/effluent disposal facilities, power/gas supply, telecommunication facilities, industrial estates, dry ports, industrial financing facilities, loaning schemes of PSIC, industrial policy, investment policy, fiscal incentives, Special Economic Zone Act 2012 and Strategic Trade Policy Framework (2012-15) etc. New policy measures regarding declaration of negative and specified positive areas have also been incorporated.

The study also includes information regarding existing industrial patterns, industry wise installed capacities and details regarding existing major industrial units in each district.

Efforts have been made to identify various industries considering the availability of raw materials, skilled labour, linkage between industrial units and local/national/international demand. The suggested industries are however, merely of indicative nature and it is advisable that prospective investors should conduct detailed feasibility report before making their final decisions for investment.

It is worthwhile to mention that industrial sector in Punjab has grown gradually from 6,223 industrial units in 1975 to 17,857 industrial undertakings in 2010. Sectoral growth has also been registered, resulting in substantial value addition which can be maximized by processing the agricultural industrial waste like rice husk, cotton stock, maize and corn cob; and tapping the herbal products’ genre. Processing of food products can also fetch handsome dividends. Live stock, dairy development and poultry are the fast growing sectors of the industry. Currently information technology sector is growing by 39% annually in Pakistan. Fashion industry is developing rapidly as well. Similarly, chemical sector has lot to offer by utilizing the available mineral resources as the raw material.

Issue of energy shortage can be addressed by dealing with power generation as an industry. Local as well as foreign investors have golden opportunity to set up power generation stations based on coal and other alternate fuels, under the captive power plants policy allowed in the newly promulgated SEZ Act, 2012. Punjab offers very good opportunity to the local as well as foreign investors to set up small, medium and heavy industries in variety of sectors. It has a growing market of over 90 million consumers, abundant manpower/labour force and cheap raw material with reasonably controlled law & order.

The industries, commerce & investment department has sufficient institutional frame work of attached and autonomous bodies to look after the industrial issues. Directorate of Industries, Punjab Small Industries Corporation (PSIC), Punjab Board of Investment (PBIT), Punjab Industrial Estates Development and Management Company (PIEDMC), Faisalabad Industrial Estates Development and Management Company (FIEDMC) have a blend of professionals from the pubic as well as private sector. These legal entities are working in a close coordination with the Chambers of Commerce and Industries systematically to promote industrialization and trade.

District-wise pre-investment studies are listed below:

    Attock Bahawalnagar Bahawalpur
    Bhakkar Chakwal Chiniot
    Dera Ghani Khan Faisalabad Gujranwala
    Gujrat Hafizabad Jhang
    Jhelum Kasur Khanewal
    Khushab Lahore Layyah
    Lodhran Mandi Bahauddin Mianwali
    Multan Muzaffargarh Nankana Sahib
    Narowal Okara Pakpattan
    Rahim Yar Khan Rajanpur Rawalpindi
    Sahiwal Sargodha Sheikhupura
    Sialkot Toba Tek Singh Vehari