Private Sector Assessment: Pakistan

Date: December 2008
Type: Country Planning Documents
ADB administration and governance; Private sector
Series: Country Sector and Thematic Assessments


ADB carries out Private Sector Assessments (PSAs) to identify constraints and opportunities for private sector development (PSD) in developing member countries (DMCs). PSAs serve as the basis for formulating the Country Strategy and Program, including strategic PSD projects. This PSA for Pakistan describes the macroeconomic background in the country, assesses challenges and opportunities for PSD, and contains recommendations for long-term and operational priorities for the development of the private sector.

PSAs are based on available country data, existing studies, sample surveys, assessments, and discussions with stakeholders.


  • Executive Summary
  • The Private Sector in Pakistan: An Overview and Current Status
  • Public Policy and Strategy and the Rise of the Private Sector
  • Key Challenges and the Way Forward for Private Sector Development in Pakistan
  • The Missing Links
  • The Role of the Private Sector in Infrastructure Development
  • ADB and Private Sector Development in Pakistan
  • The Private Sector Speaks
  • Recommendations for Future ADB Interventions
  • Appendices