There’s Potential for Profitable Investments Worth $96 Billion in Pakistan: SC Report

The Standard Chartered SDG Investment Map reveals an almost $10 trillion opportunity for private-sector investors across all emerging markets to help achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with Pakistan representing $96.2 billion of that total.

The study identifies opportunities for the private sector to contribute to three infrastructure-focused goals in Pakistan between now and 2030:

  • SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure across emerging markets

Investment in Power Sector

The greatest investment opportunity in Pakistan is found in achieving and maintaining universal access to electricity (a key SDG 7 indicator), representing a $44.7 billion private-sector opportunity. This considers the proportion of the population currently without electricity access (29 percent), projected population growth, and the growing demand for power as the economy develops.

Investment in Digital Infrastructure

There is also a significant opportunity for investment in digital infrastructure, with a potential private-sector contribution of around $34 billion needed to achieve full digital adoption (measured by a combination of mobile phone subscription rates and internet connectivity).

Investment in Digital Access

Digital access is a key indicator for SDG 9, which encourages improvement in industry, innovation and infrastructure. The other SDG 9 indicator in Opportunity2030 is transport infrastructure. To significantly improve Pakistan’s transport infrastructure by 2030, there’s a $13.5 billion investment opportunity for the private sector.

Investment in Sanitation & Water Provision

The opportunity in the water and sanitation sector is smaller but could make a significant impact. Almost a quarter (24 percent) of Pakistan’s population still does not have access to clean water and sanitation, a key SDG 6 indicator. Closing this gap by 2030 will require significant investment, with an opportunity for the private sector to provide around $4 billion of the funding.

Shazad Dada Chief Executive Officer at Standard Chartered said:

Pakistan has demonstrated a strong commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals by becoming the first country to adopt the SDGs as part of its national development agenda through a Parliamentary Resolution. The private sector will play a crucial role in enabling Pakistan to hit these targets and there is substantial opportunity for investment that supports infrastructure development, including digital, energy provisioning as well as clean water and sanitation.

Opportunity2030 provides an important map of the SDG opportunities for private sector investors looking to invest with impact and improve the lives of millions of Pakistanis over the next decade.

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