The Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) registered 1,395 new companies in October, indicating a growth of 63 percent as compared to the corresponding month of last financial year. Itmust also be mentioned that over 50 percent of the companies were registered within four hours after receiving the registration application.
The total number of companies registered with the SECP has risen to 92,109.
Around 73 percent of the companies were registered as private limited companies, while around 25 percent were registered as single-member companies. Two percent were registered as public unlisted, non-profit associations, foreign companies and limited liability partnership (LLP).
The trading sector took the lead with the incorporation of 213 companies, construction with 183, services with 170, IT with 150, tourism with 90, marketing and advertisement with 47, real estate development with 43, engineering with 39, food and beverages with 38, corporate agricultural farming, and transport with 37 each, education with 36, healthcare with 27, mining and quarrying with 24, textile with 23, chemical, and pharmaceutical with 21 each, auto allied with 19, logging with 18, communication with 15, fuel and energy with 14, paper and board with 13, steel and allied with 11 and 106 companies were registered from other sectors.
Moreover, two foreign companies were also registered by CROs Islamabad.
Foreign investment has been reported in 65 new companies. These companies have foreign investors from, China, France, Germany, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkey, the UK and the US.
The highest number of companies, i.e. 530 were registered in Islamabad, followed by 398 and 242 companies registered in Lahore and Karachi respectively.
The CROs in Peshawar, Multan, Faisalabad, Gilgit-Baltistan, Quetta, and Sukkur registered 75, 69, 41, 24, 8 and 8 companies respectively.