KARACHI: The country’s Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) has seen a steep decline as international companies proceed with caution towards investing in Pakistan. The State Bank’s report stated a 5 percent decline in the first 11 months of the fiscal year 2021-22.
From July to May of the current fiscal year, the FDI has receded to $1.597 billion from the previous fiscal year’s $1.67 billion, according to the data released by the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP).
May 2022 saw the sharpest decline as foreign investments saw a net inflow of $141 million, compared to $199 million during last year’s May, resulting in a decrease of 29 percent.
The largest amount of foreign investment came from China, with a net FDI of $373 million during the first 11 months of FY22. However, the previous fiscal year saw an inflow of $720 million from Chinese companies during the same duration, indicating a massive decline of 51 percent.
FDI from the United States doubled with a net in-flow of $241 million in FY22, compared to $122 million during the same period in the last fiscal year.
Overall, the country’s net foreign investments have seen a drop in inflow by 58.8 percent, decreasing from $3.85 billion to $1.8 billion in the current fiscal year.