Generating economic growth is the centrepiece of the Pakistan Government's Vision 2025 statement. Achieving higher growth rates will depend on Pakistan's ability to address the structural and emerging constraints holding Pakistan back, including energy shortages and the need for comprehensive economic reform. Engaging women in economic growth is a priority of Vision 2025, and a core policy priority for Australia. Australia will focus its investments on women's economic empowerment through livelihood development, inclusive trade reform, access to finance, and by enhancing women's decision-making authority.
Pakistan has prioritised enhanced trade and investment with neighbouring countries and is committed to better exploiting Pakistan's strategic location as a regional hub to connect South and Central Asian markets. Australia is supporting the Pakistan Ministry of Commerce to promote inclusive trade and investment through: strengthening trade policies and institutions; modernising customs systems; and introducing regulatory reforms to increase trade at key border posts, and support Small to Medium Enterprises (particularly women owned).
Australia will support Pakistan to address constraints to job creation. In rural areas, we will increase livelihood opportunities for poor men and women. Australia will draw on its world-class expertise to help Pakistan enhance agricultural productivity and expand revenue streams for farmers, including through improved water management practices, adding value to raw agricultural products and improved access to markets for those products. Australia's investments promote skills and livelihood development to improve access to employment and markets, particularly for women and the most vulnerable. This will also contribute to improving Pakistan's food security and nutrition levels, and women's economic empowerment.
Pakistan Trade and Investment Policy Program
$9.9 million, 2015-2018
Delivered by the World Bank, the Pakistan Trade and Investment Policy Program supports Pakistan in its efforts to increase regional trade and investment, with a particular focus on strengthening links to other South Asian markets. The program supports the Ministry of Commerce to develop a regional trade strategy and strengthen its capacity to implement trade reforms. It also focuses on facilitating trade at key border posts by reducing time, cost and documentation required to process exports/imports.
Women’s Economic Empowerment and Market Development Program
$5 million, 2015-2018
Delivered by the Sarhad Rural Support Programme (SRSP), this program builds on the Livelihood Strengthening Program (phase one) to promote women's economic empowerment and market development for the poor in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). The program aims to increase employment opportunities, market access and incomes for poor and marginalised groups, and ensure increased participation of women in economic activities.
The Market Development Facility
$9.4 million, 2013-2017
The Market Development Facility aims to create additional jobs and increase income for poor women and men by partnering with the private sector to stimulate investment, business innovation and regulatory reform. It focuses on increasing the competitiveness of sectors and industries that involve poor and marginalised people, primarily in the agriculture sector.
Agriculture Value Chain Collaborative Research Program
$9 million, 2016-2020
The Agriculture Value Chain Collaborative Research Program (AVCCR) is delivered by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR). It improves agricultural productivity and enhances livelihoods by linking Australian and Pakistani expertise to small-holder farmers, particularly in goat meat, pulses, dairy and beef industries.
Australian Assistance to Agriculture Development in Balochistan Border Areas
$12.88 million, 2012-2017
The Australian Assistance to Agriculture in Balochistan Border Areas (AusABBA) program aims to promote sustainable development among marginal and small-scale producers as well as food traders and exporters, to reduce poverty and address economic inequalities. The project targets six districts of western Balochistan incorporating Chagai, Kech, Kharan, Nushki, Panjgur and Washuk. AusABBA is implemented by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). A second four-year phase of AusABBA to commence in 2017/18 is currently under design.
Indus Basin Water Resources and Energy Management
$15 million, 2013-2020
The Pakistan program co-invests in the South Asia regional Sustainable Development Investment Portfolio, focused on inter-related issues of transboundary water, energy and food security in South Asia. Our key foci in the Indus Basin support Pakistan's water resources and energy management.
Water Resources Management
Implemented by Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), the program aims to help the Government of Pakistan improve river basin planning and to develop water management model of the Indus Basin and apply it in policy-making.
Energy Policy and Markets
Implemented by the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank the program aims to address market constraints to the expansion of renewable energy, sustainable growth of the power grid system and deepening of the off-grid market and to support the adoption of energy efficiency approaches by governments and industry.