Foreign Investment Rises To $4.37 Billion In FY14

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  1. Neo

    Neo Senior Member Senior Member

    Feb 17, 2009
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    Foreign investment rises to $4.37bn in FY14
    By Shahid Iqbal

    KARACHI: Foreign investment rose to $4.377 billion in the previous fiscal year, the highest amount since 2008-09, the State Bank said on Tuesday.

    In FY09, the country received a total foreign investment of $2.665bn.

    However, the sudden rise in the total foreign investment was due to $2.1bn investment in the Eurobond. If this amount is deducted, the total foreign investment reduces to around $2.2bn, of which foreign direct investment was of $1.631bn. This is not a big change compared to FY2012-13’s figure of $1.456bn.

    It shows the country still has an image problem in the international market; though it responded enthusiastically to Eurobond mainly because of very high return.

    The Eurobond narratives

    Experts and economists believe that despite high return the selling of Eurobonds boosted the sentiment for Pakistan as bilateral and multilateral donors extended loans at reasonable rates.

    The borrowing increased the foreign exchange reserves of the SBP to more than $9bn from $2.5bn a year ago.

    As fears about Pakistan’s ability to pay back loans disappeared, the IMF, World Bank and others encouraged to extend loans. Another major change was the strengthening of local currency against the US dollar as the rupee gained more than nine per cent in the second half (January-June) of the last fiscal year.

    Higher reserves played a key role in the strengthening of economy, particularly they helped improve the balance of payments.

    The IMF has recently reported positively for the economy while Moody’s also upgraded its outlook for Pakistan’s foreign currency government bonds to stable from negative.

    Traders and industrialists believe that the recent military operation against terrorists in the north of Pakistan would help improve the country’s image tarnished by the terrorism across the country.

    However, the government has not yet succeeded to improve its capacity to deal with crises like energy shortage, terrorism and deteriorating law and order situation.

    Published in Dawn, July 16th, 2014

    Foreign investment rises to $4.37bn in FY14 - Newspaper - DAWN.COM
  3. bennedose

    bennedose Senior Member Senior Member

    Jun 21, 2013
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    Pindliyon ka gooda
    Pakistan's "Image Problem" is a source of unending and continuing entertainment for me. Prophet Pervez Musharraf spent a lot of beggardollars of hiring a firm in the US to improve Pakistan's "image problem"

    Here are some views about Pakistan's "image problem"
    Pakistan’s image problem - Newspaper - DAWN.COM

    Pakistan’s image problem | Blogs ARY NEWS

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