Private Sector Development

INTRODUCTION


The importance of private sector widely recognised in the development of any country. The private sector is highly diverse, ranging from individual enterprises to large multinational corporations & financial institutions; people-centred social businesses, cooperatives, workers & employers organisations. They may operate at a local, national, regional or international level, in rural or urban areas, in the formal or informal sector and in very different country contexts. Given the private sector’s potential for generating inclusive and sustainable growth in developing countries, Poverty reduction cannot sustainably be generated by public actors only and requires efforts from private sector as well.
The role of the private sector in all developed countries is a major source of prosperity. Market-based approaches to poverty reduction are gaining growing interest from the private sector because the Poverty reduction measures cannot sustainably be generated by public actors only. Therefore, private sector is equally important parallel with the public sector in fostering business, creating job opportunities, income generation, supplementing social services like education & health to pave ways for overall development and prosperity of a country.

PRIVATE SECTOR DEVELOPMENT IN PAKISTAN


The private sector in Pakistan is considered as very vibrant but its real potentials still remained under-utilised due to various constraints. This requires concentrated efforts to remove the obstacles faced by the private sector, including the national level issues related to energy shortage, security, labour skills, slow and costly judicial procedures and macroeconomic instability.
The Pakistan Vision 2025 identifies the private sector and entrepreneurship led growth as the fifth pillar of growth. It aims to make Pakistan an attractive destination for private sector investment & environment allowing private investors to fully participate in its development. Measures will be taken to restructure and to privatise public sectors entities. Public private partnerships will be promoted through a comprehensive policy regime. Attracting private sector investment will be a key priority and driver of growth. SME sector will be aggressively developed and entrepreneurship enabled.

DATA ABOUT SECTOR The unemployment rate in Pakistan is 6%: 3.58 million people remaining unemployed despite being able and willing to work.
For the young, the figure stands at 8%. The situation becomes worse because the growth rate and the population evolution are not proportionate: with today's population growth of 2% and the economy growing at 4%, one million jobs need to be created annually to fill the gap. This can only be done through the private sector.
Pakistan ranks in the top 50 in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Rankings.
THIS SECTOR FOR

THE EU
The EU support related to Trade and Private Sector Development in third countries is embedded in the wider objectives of EU external policies, in particular, 1) Development Policy, 2) Neighbourhood policy, 3) Trade Policy (wider agenda).
In 2014, the Commission issued a Communication on "A Stronger Role of the Private Sector in Achieving Inclusive and Sustainable Growth in Developing Countries" this communication proposes a strategic framework for strengthening the role of the private sector in achieving inclusive and sustainable growth.
The regional programme SWITCH ASIA is an excellent example of engaging private sector in Pakistan and across Asia.
This links the "New EU consensus for development" and "Agenda 2030", goals 1, 8 and 17.
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THE EU IN PAKISTAN
Within the EU Multiannual Indicative Plan (MIP) 2014-2020, the private sector is indirectly linked within the Focal sector "Rural Development": one of its objectives is to improve rural livelihoods by creating employment opportunities through facilitation of small and medium-sized enterprises development.
The EU expects to create opportunities in rural areas to improve livelihoods and to obtain more and better jobs.

CONTACT PERSON

IN EUD
Roshan ARA, Michele RIZZI

Provinces of Intervention
NATIONAL / FEDERAL
  • International Labour and Environment Standards Application in Pakistan (ILES) – EUR 12 million. The aim is to promote sustainable and inclusive growth in Pakistan by supporting the economic integration of Pakistan into the global and regional economy by improving compliance with labour and environmental standards and increased competitiveness.
PUNJAB
  • Pakistan Leather Competitiveness Improvement Programme (PLCIP) – EUR 2 million. The aim is to provide greater access to and consumption of demand driven Business Development Services by Leather Product SMEs, thereby contributing substantially to the competitiveness of the Pakistani leather sector and improving the international market access of Pakistani leather products.
  • High pressure cogeneration for sugar sector in Pakistan – EUR 1.7 million. The aim is to promote sustainable production of energy through replacement of existing low-pressure boilers with high pressure co-generation technology.
SINDH
  • Pakistan Leather Competitiveness Improvement Programme (PLCIP) – EUR 2 million. The aim is to provide greater access to and consumption of demand driven Business Development Services by Leather Product SMEs, thereby contributing substantially to the competitiveness of the Pakistani leather sector and improving the international market access of Pakistani leather products.
  • High pressure cogeneration for sugar sector in Pakistan – EUR 1.7 million. The aim is to promote sustainable production of energy through replacement of existing low-pressure boilers with high pressure co-generation technology.
Future Interventions
  • Growth for Rural Advancement and Sustainable Progress (GRASP) in Balochistan and Sindh – EUR 50 million. The aim is to contribute to the reduction of poverty and gender inequality through developing sustainable economic growth in rural areas of Pakistan (start early 2018).
ProvincesGrand Total € 14,701,133 Implementers Grand Total € 14,701,133
The European Union (EU) unites European countries politically and economically for securing lasting peace and prosperity. Respect and partnership are key elements for cooperation programmes between the EU and other countries.

It contributes to poverty reduction, political stability, and social and economic development, promoting a more prosperous Pakistan for everyone's benefit.
Together with the bilateral funds provided by its member countries, the EU is the largest grant donor to Pakistan.
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