Yes! Foreigners can become owners of land after the company is registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP). However land is a provincial issue in Pakistan and land acquisition rules vary from province to province. Generally, foreign nationals can become landowners individually with the permission of the Federal Government (Ministry of Home Affairs) and the relevant provincial government.
All sectors and activities are open to foreign investment unless specifically prohibited or restricted for reasons of national security and public safety. Note that specific limited industries include weapons and ammunition, explosives, radioactive substances, securities, currency and usable alcohol. There is no minimum limit for foreign equity investment in any sector. There is no upper limit for foreign equity stocks to invest in sectors other than airlines, banking, agriculture and media.
Foreign investors in any sector will be entitled to return profits or any other funds in the country’s currency at any time when the investment has been made.
According to Section 6 of the Foreign Private Investment (Promotion and Protection) Act, 1976 and in accordance with the Manual of Foreign Exchange, 2002 of the State Bank of Pakistan, the procedure for foreign investment is subject to rules and regulations. Foreigners are entitled to 100% property rights, except in certain areas of the airline, banking, engineering, agriculture and media.
Pakistan’s existing laws provide full incentives and facilities for foreign direct investment as well as portfolio investment in the country to increase foreign exchange earnings. Non-resident investors of locally incorporated companies are entitled to return profits/profits and divestments and appoint authorized traders/banks to repay the profits/divestment income through the banking channel.
For portfolio investment in Pakistan, foreign investors can invest in securities listed on the Pakistan Stock Exchange by opening a Special Convertible Rupee Account (SCRA) with any bank in the country. Changes and refunds of other fees are also permitted in accordance with currency rules. and regulations.
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