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Pakistan Innovative Finance Forum

Event | 25 - 26 November 2019 Isalamabad, Pakistan
Time of event

Day 1: 9:10–16:30
Day 2: 9:00–13:00

Background

Pakistan loses about 4-6% of its GDP annually due to insufficient infrastructure, according to the State Bank of Pakistan. Yet, tight fiscal indicators, such as a 4.2% fiscal deficit, trade deficit of around $10 billion, and current account deficit of 4.4% of GDP, limit the availability of public funds and underscore the importance of unlocking private infrastructure investment.

Co-organized by ADBI, the Asian Development Bank, and Karandaaz, the Pakistan Innovative Finance Forum will on Day 1 explore innovative ways of leveraging private funds for infrastructure investment, case studies of credit enhancement structures for infrastructure projects, and public private partnership development within the sector.

Day 2 of the Forum will examine the growth potential of Pakistan’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), which account for about 25% of its manufacturing exports, 30% of its GDP, and 80% of its non-agricultural labor force but have limited financing access. The focus will be on Pakistan’s SME ecosystem and integration with local and global value chains.

Objectives
  • Share knowledge and pool innovative ideas for promoting private sector-driven infrastructure financing in Pakistan
  • Identify ways to enhance financing access among Pakistan’s SMEs
Participants
  • Around 120 participants, including government officials at the federal, provincial and municipal level, central bankers, and regulators
  • Private sector representatives, donor community, and think tank and university experts
Output
  • Exchange of best practices, experiences, and lessons learned pertaining to infrastructure and SME financing
  • Dissemination of presentation materials on the ADBI website
How to register

By invitation or prior arrangement with ADBI.

Partners
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB)
  • Karandaaz Pakistan