Doing Business in Pakistan 2010

Author: Subnational Doing Business
Published: June 29, 2010
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Doing Business in Pakistan 2010 compares the regulatory environment for business in 13 Pakistani cities. The report focuses on 6 stages of the life of a small to medium-size domestic enterprise: starting a business, dealing with construction permits, registering property, paying taxes, enforcing contracts, and trading across borders.

Doing Business in Pakistan 2010, the first subnational Doing Business report on Pakistan, found that provincial and municipal level reforms of business regulation in Pakistan complement nationwide reforms. Consistent reformers outperformed others, but no single city did well on all the indicators measured. Each of the 13 cities benchmarked in the report could learn from each other’s best practices.

Main Findings

  • If a city in Pakistan adopted all existing best practices in the 6 areas covered by the report, it would rank 69th out of 183 economies—16 places ahead of Pakistan’s position in Doing Business 2010.
  • Overall, business is easiest in Faisalabad. Meanwhile, Islamabad and Peshawar were first and second, respectively, on starting a business, while Sukkur stood first in terms of enforcing contracts.