Visit the CBR, SBP, SMEDA and MoC websites to learn about the taxes/tariffs structure, credit policies, SME policy and latest Import and Export Orders governing trade.
Contact the US-Pakistan Business Council in Washington DC (http://www.uspakistan.org/) and the American Business Council of Pakistan in Karachi ( [email_address] ). The ABC is the largest group of single country investors in Pakistan. It acts as a catalyst to promote US investment in the country.
Undertake a ‘look see’ visit to Pakistan to obtain a first hand view of the lay of the land.
Visit the Engineering Development Board and scrutinize their various studies.
Follow the proposed ‘investors checklist’.
Learning from others – contact US based expats already doing business in Pakistan.
‘ Look see’ preparatory visit.
Feasibility study ( http:// www.pakboi.gov.pk/Misc/project_brief.html ; http://www.smeda.org.pk/pre-feasibility.php ).
Check the Engineering Development Board’s website for studies and useful information on many sectors of the economy ( http://www.engineeringpakistan.com/EngPak1/index.php ).
ABCP (American Business Council of Pakistan).
Local partner/risk sharing.
Hiring a legal consultant.
Checking land title transfer record.
Legal instrument drafting/risk transfer & mitigation issues.
Scrutinizing financing options- loan and equity issues.
Assessing Land-Capital-Management-Labor costs -- the ‘TFP equation’.
Perseverance and patience.
Consistency and constant follow up.
Education and skills development – HEC and NAVTEC.
Managerial development – bridging the ‘knowing-doing’ gap.
Free markets – trade liberalization and WTO commitments/FTAs.