FDI in Pakistan falls by 35pc as inflows from China decreased

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Foreign Direct Investment or FDI in Pakistan decreased by 35% during the 5 months of current fiscal year.

FDI in Pakistan fell by 35 percent during July 2018 to November 2018, the first 5 months of fiscal year. However, the main reason is the decline in Chinese investments.

State Bank of Pakistan or SBP reported yesterday that FDI in Pakistan reached at $880.7 million after the decline of $478 million. However, it was $1359m in the same period of last fiscal year.

FDI from China also declined to $554 million. However, it was $912 million during the period under review last year. Pakistan significantly relied on China for its FDI. However, the investments from China during the last fiscal year stood at $2.85 billion. In addition, inflows from China were also the 66% of total FDI in Pakistan.

In the last 5 months, the overall foreign private investment reached at $550 million after declining by 56 percent.

The economic situation of Pakistan worsened during the last year as the government failed to manage the rising current account deficit.

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