Emerging Pakistan

US-based company Cargill to invest in Pakistan’s Port infrastructure

Will pour $200m into Pakistan through joint ventures over next three to five years.



Source of the news: https://tribune.com.pk/story/1919068/2-us-based-cargill-invest-port-infrastructure/

KARACHI: Cargill, the US-based company with global outreach, which is operating for over three decades in Pakistan, is expanding its footprint in the country by diversifying operations mainly into port infrastructure, a top official of the company told The Express Tribune.

The company has announced an investment of $200 million over the next three to five years through joint ventures in port infrastructure, edible oil factories, poultry and animal feed and dairy sector.

The company is all set to acquire meaningful shareholding in one of the import and export terminals at Port Qasim, Karachi. “We are in talks with Fauji Akbar Portia (FAP) Marine Terminals to invest in the import and export facility by acquiring shareholding,” Cargill Country Head in Pakistan Imran Nasrullah said, adding they would soon share details with the media in that regard.

FAP is Pakistan’s first dry cargo terminal built at a cost of $135 million and inaugurated in October 2010. It is a joint venture between Fauji Foundation (FF) and Akbar Group with National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) also holding equity in the company.

It has a capacity to handle four million tons of grain and fertiliser per annum with transit storage in silos or a warehouse at the terminal, according to its official website.

The global trading firm, Cargill, began its operations in Pakistan in 1984. “It achieved close to $1 billion in sales revenue last year in Pakistan,” Nasrullah said.

At present, it is importing edible oil, mainly palm oil; soybean for poultry feed; cocoa for chocolate manufacturing and animal feed ingredients. The company is also doubling its edible oil storage capacity at Port Qasim at a cost of $100 million. “We have oil storage capacity of 8,000 tons at Port Qasim. We are going to double it over the next one year,” the country head said.

Having made palm plantations over around 100,000 hectares in Indonesia, the company imports a significant volume of edible oil for Pakistan. Besides, it will invest around $30 million in animal feed and another $35 million in logistics and trucking to deliver goods at the doorsteps of its clients.

“Our plan is to grow through partnership (in Pakistan),” he said, adding the company had global technology and knowhow, which could help develop local industries in the sectors it was working in.

Nasrullah said the company had plans to increase presence in the animal feed and dairy sector of Pakistan through building partnership with local industries.

He said he, along with a visiting Singaporean delegation, was set to meet Prime Minister Imran Khan in a day or two to propose letting Singapore-based small and medium enterprises (SMEs) invest in Pakistan.

In the meeting, he would ask the premier to legislate for “minimum pasteurisation…to remove vitamin deficiency in (packaged) milk,” he said. If the government agreed, the company would plan to enter the dairy sector of Pakistan as well, he said, adding they had been in talks with two leading packaged milk producers in Pakistan.

The law will help make Pakistan a milk-surplus country. It will increase packaged milk share to 20-25% over the next couple of years from 5% at present.

“This will also help Pakistan export milk powder in the next couple of years,” he said.

Nasrullah pointed out that the Punjab government had done legislation for the dairy sector. “Now, all is required is to implement the Punjab dairy act.”

In the past, the global trading firm exported cotton, wheat and sugar from Pakistan as well.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 27th, 2019.

South Korean company keen to invest in Pakistan

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Source of the news: https://nation.com.pk/24-Feb-2019/south-korean-company-keen-to-invest-in-pakistan

A South Korean company has shown interest to make investment in Pakistan to manufacture various products including LEDs, solar cells, machine tools, vacuum products and others.

Dr Won Ho Jung, head, Overseas Business Division, Line Tech Inc, South Korea visited Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI). Jung exchanged views with local business community and said that his company was interested to make investment in Pakistan to manufacture various products. He said in the first phase, his company was looking for partners in Pakistan to introduce its products in Pakistani market and at later stage it was planning to setup a factory in Pakistan for manufacturing activities with transfer of technology from South Korea.

Dr Won Ho Jung said that his company was also interested in water purification and water treatment plants in Pakistan as they have found Pakistan a potential market for business and investment. He said his company was importing leather from Brazil and was interested to import leather from Pakistan for which it was looking for credible leather exporters

Speaking at the occasion, Ahmed Hassan Moughal, president Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry, said that Pakistan was a huge market of over 200 million consumers due to which foreign investors were doing successful business in Pakistan. He said that consumer products including LEDs, solar cells, vacuum products and others have great demand in our market and South Korean company should explore setting up manufacturing plant in Pakistan.

He said under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project, 9 Special Economic Zones (SEZs) would be established in Pakistan where local and foreign investors would be given attractive incentives including tax holidays. He said it was right time for South Korean company to enter Pakistani market for JVs and investment.
Iftikhar Anwar Sethi, vice president Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry, assured that ICCI would extend all possible cooperation and support to South Korean company in finding right partners in Pakistan