Pakistan’s private sector holds the potential of $96.2 billion investment

About 27% of Pakistanis have digital access, the SDG goal is to achieve 100% access.

On Monday, the Standard Chartered SDG Investment Map said that Pakistan has a potential $96.2 billion investment opportunity for the private sector. This will help the country achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The study labeled ‘Opportunity2030’ observed opportunities for the private sector to contribute to three infrastructure-focused goals between 2020 and 2030. These are SDG 6 Clean Water and Sanitation, SDG 7 Affordable and Clean Energy and SDG 9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure across growing markets.

According to the report, there was a dire need for private investment. The best investment opportunity in Pakistan was found in maintaining and achieving universal access to electricity. This alone was a $44.7 billion private-sector opportunity.

About 29% of Pakistan’s population is currently living without electricity, which also holds great potential. Due to population growth and the developing economy, there is an increasing demand for power. Under SDG 7, the goal is to provide the entire population with electricity.

Opportunity2030 has also identified opportunities in digital and transport infrastructure. There is an investment opportunity of $34 billion in digital infrastructure to achieve full digital adoption. Digital access was a significant indicator of SDG 9. It encourages improvement in the industry, infrastructure, and innovation.

About 27% of Pakistanis have digital access, the SDG goal is to achieve 100% access.

For improvement in transport infrastructure, a $13.5 billion investment lies in the sector for private investigators.

“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”, said Standard Chartered CEO Shazad Dada.


The Opportunity2030 showed an important map of SDG opportunities for investors, who were looking to invest and improve the living standard of millions.

“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,” he added.

Despite having importance, to improve water and sanitation, around $4 billion is needed in private funding. It is a small opportunity but has the potential to make a big impact as 24% of the population doesn’t have access to clean water.

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