KARACHI: Foreign investment fell 60.8 per cent in the first month of 2011/12 fiscal year (July-June) to $61.9 million, because of a decrease in foreign direct investment and foreign portfolio investment, the central bank said on Monday. Foreign investment totalled $157.8 million in July 2010.
Break-up released by the State Bank of Pakistan shows that foreign direct investment fell 17.2 per cent in July 2011 to $90.9 million from $109.8 million in the same period last year.
Pakistan’s unstable security, militant insurgency in the country’s northwest and chronic power shortages have put off long-term investors, analysts say.
With around 300 people killed in July because of violence in the country’s main commercial hub, investors have become nervous and started shunning the country’s main stock exchange.
Foreign portfolio investment fell 160.4 per cent with outflows of $29 million in the first month of fiscal year 2011/12, compared with inflows of $48 million in the same period last year.
Pakistan has struggled with a troubled economy and went for an International Monetary Fund emergency loan package in November 2008 to help avert a balance of payments crisis and shore up reserves.
It received the fifth tranche of $1.13 billion of the $11 billion loan in May 2010.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 16th, 2011.