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EDC Position-highly restricted select programs

EDC's Position

  • Reactive approach to business
  • Open on a highly restricted basis under select programs in view of Government of Canada restrictions and/or current business environment

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Country At A Glance

Flag of Pakistan
Map of Pakistan

Country Facts

Nominal GDP269.97 Billion USD
Population188.90 Million
Total Trade/GDP28.05%
CurrencyPakistani Rupee (PKR)
Merchandise Imports from Canada693.12 Million CAD
Canadian direct investment31 Million CAD
Main importsPetrol Products, Petroleum, Food, Beverage & Tobacco, Telecommunications Equipment

EDC in Pakistan

Canadian companies assisted58
International buyers insured107
Business volume53.98 Million CAD

​Business Environment

Pakistan is a developing market with a young population that offers stable and growing demand. Despite its potential, the country has yet to experience the rapid expansion seen in other Asian markets. This is partly due to a sluggish business environment that has suffered significant deterioration over the past few years. Bureaucracy, poor infrastructure, power shortages and corruption are common issues faced by companies doing business in Pakistan. Despite these challenges, the country does offer up niche opportunities for experienced and patient companies that understand the market and are able to leverage the assistance of local networks.

Key Industries

  • Construction & Infrastructure
  • Machinery - Packaging, Industrial & Analytical Instruments
  • Medical Technologies
  • Mining & Metals
  • Power
  • Telecom

How we can support your business

Through our Head Office operations in Ottawa, we provide support to Canadian companies planning on or currently doing business in Pakistan.

  • We are positioned to help Canadian companies through a range of financing and risk management services.
  • Learn more about our service offering.

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