Foreign direct investment falls 30pc in eight months

China, Netherlands, Hong Kong remain top investors

KARACHI: The net inflow of foreign direct investment (FDI) declined 30pc during the first eight months (July–February) of the current financial year (2020-21) owing to a significant increase in outflows.

According to data released by State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) on Wednesday, the FDI fell to $1.3 billion during first eight months of the current fiscal year as compared to $1.85 billion in the corresponding months of last year.

“Inflows under this head declined 16pc to $1.98 billion during July-February FY21 as compared with $2.36 billion in the corresponding period of last year. However, outflow under this head increased 35pc to $683 million during the period under review as compared with $507 million last year,” the SBP stated.

The overall inflow of private foreign investment fell 43pc to $1.04 billion during the period under review as compared with $1.83 billion last year.

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The portfolio investment from the equity market witnessed massive outflows during the period. The portfolio investment saw an outflow of $256 million in 8MFY21 as compared to $26.3 million in the same period of last year.

Foreign public investment recorded an outflow of $132 million during the period under review as compared with inflows of $2.16 billion last year.

China, Netherlands and Hong Kong remained the top three investors in Pakistan with net FDI of $494 million, $117.8 million, and $106.3 million, respectively.

In the month of February 2021, the country fetched $155 million worth of net foreign investment, with China emerging as the largest investor in Pakistan, with a net direct investment of $91 million, followed by UK and Germany who invested $11.5 million and $8.5 million, respectively.

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