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Doing business in Pakistan

A selection of articles, books and online resources to help you explore the key issues for doing business in Pakistan.

Useful links

Ease of Doing Business in Pakistan
Summary of comprehensive annual data collated by the World Bank giving key indicators for business and economic conditions. Includes information on typical business procedures, showing time to complete and associated costs for each step.

Pakistan company registration
Comprehensive guide produced by Healy Consultants explaining company structures and business entity types, fees and timelines for incorporation, accounting and tax in this jurisdiction and comparisons with other countries in the region.

Guides

Exporting to Pakistan
Regularly updated guide produced by UK Trade and Investment for companies looking to do business in this country. Sections include:

  • challenges
  • growth potential
  • opportunities
  • start-up considerations
  • legal considerations
  • tax and customs considerations
  • entry requirements.

Overseas Business Risk - Pakistan
Report from UK Trade & Investment and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office looking at potential risks for UK businesses operating in this country. It includes economic and political risks, human rights issues, bribery and corruption, terrorism, intellectual property and organised crime.

Doing Business in Pakistan
Guide prepared by a local firm within the UHY network which provides an overview of the relevant issues to consider when establishing a business in this country. Published in 2016.

Doing Business in Pakistan
Country guide from Baker Tilly International providing an overview of rules and regulations covering business entities and accounting, finance and investment, employment regulations and tax. Published in September 2015.

Doing Business in Pakistan 2010
Report published by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation that compares the regulatory environment for business in 13 Pakistani cities.

Corporate governance

European Corporate Governance Institute: Index of codes
The ECGI provides a listing of corporate governance codes from Pakistan, with links to downloadable PDFs and useful organisations. You can also search the codes database by country, title, language and year of publication.

Law and regulation

Doing Business law library
World Bank
Collection of business laws and regulations from economies around the world, linking to official government sources. Topics include company law, labour, tax and trade.

Doing business in… Country Q&A tool
Useful tool from Practical Law that allows users to compare summaries of key legal issues across several jurisdictions, including this country. Summaries cover:

  • the legal system
  • foreign investment
  • business vehicles
  • employment
  • tax
  • competition
  • intellectual property
  • marketing agreements
  • e-commerce
  • data protection
  • product liability.

Forums and support networks

UK Pakistan Chamber of Commerce
A support network for promoting business and trade.

Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry
Trade and industry apex body.

Embassies and consulates

Publications

Buy books from Amazon on doing business in Pakistan

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