It is good to note that foreign direct investment (FDI) is increasing gradually and target for the ongoing financial year 2017-18 has been fixed at somewhat ambitious 3.7 billion dollars. 

This has been stated by Board of Investment (BOI) Chairman Naeem Y.Zamindar while talking to the office-bearers of Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) in Lahore the other day. 

According to the reports in the media, he said that concerted efforts are well on the way to make Pakistan a key destination for foreign and local investors, Pakistan has lucrative opportunities for both foreign and local investors in various sectors of national economy including textile, energy, agriculture, health, and education among others, special attention is being paid to the Special Economic Zones (SEZs) under the great game changer project of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), Pakistan can draw huge benefits as the volume of the Chinese economy is expected to reach the higher level of 30 trillion dollars within the next 25 years and economies of both the countries are going to be merged under the CPEC. 

The BOI Chairman further stated emphatically that we want to brand Pakistan as entrepreneur future country by introducing innovations and modern industrial concepts on SEZs and Priories Economic Zones (PEZs). 

All this is achievable is all concerned institutions and their officials as well commercial attaches in Pakistan missions in foreign countries around the globe work dedicatedly, sincerely with determination and appraise and motivate the prospective foreign investors about the increasing investment opportunities and safe, peaceful and secure atmosphere which prevail in Pakistan. 

ASMAAR BILAL,  

Lahore, January 9.