From July 20 to March 21, SECP registered 19,251 new companies, indicating a growth of 39% as compared to the same period last year. SECP incorporated 14,493 companies in FY 2018-2019 and 16,945 companies in FY 2019-2020. The total number of companies registered now stands at 139,620. Out of the total registered companies, 118,280 companies are active, accounting for 85% of total companies filing their annual returns.
The figures were announced in a press release by the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP). It says that the reforms for ease of doing business & digitalization result in the continued growth of entrepreneurship in the country.
In March 2021 alone, despite the challenges of Covid-19, the SECP witnessed 72% growth in
registration of new companies by registering 2,513 new companies, compared to the same month
last year – the highest number of companies ever registered in a single month.
Around 99% of companies were registered online, and 25 % of applicants completed the incorporated process the same day. This month, 260 foreign users were also registered from overseas. Around 65% of companies were registered as private limited companies. In comparison, around 31 % were registered as single-member companies, and the remaining 5% were public unlisted companies, not-for-profit associations, trade organizations, foreign companies, and limited liability partnerships.
The construction & real estate sector took the lead by incorporating 414, trading with 393, IT with 311, services with 247, and food and beverages with 110. Foreign investment has been reported in 43 new companies. These companies have foreign investors from Afghanistan, Australia, China, Germany, Hungary, Iran, Korea, South,
Mauritius, Norway, Philippines, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, the UAE, UK
and the US.
The highest numbers of companies, i.e., 850, were registered in Islamabad, followed by 751 and 385 companies registered in Lahore and Karachi. The CROS in Peshawar, Multan, Faisalabad, Gilgit-Baltistan, Quetta, and Sukkur registered 176, 170, 104, 43, 22, and 12 companies, respectively.
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