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Pakistan Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority
The objective of the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA) is to function as the promoter & facilitator of the SME sector in Pakistan by creating a conducive and facilitating environment as well as providing and facilitating service delivery to SMEs for enhancing their capacities and competitiveness. Excellent and very rich site. In addition to the investment guides to the 4 regions you can download not only policy guidelines , contract templates, and free accounting software but also sectoral profiles and prefeasibility studies.

World Bank - Pakistan
This site from the World Bank Group provides an overview of Pakistan seen from the Bank's perspective in terms of data & statistics, analysis, programs and projects, and publications and reports. Very good site.

Pakistan Institute of Development Economics
The Pakistan Institute of Development Economics was established as an autonomous research organization by the Government of Pakistan. It is devoted to theoretical and empirical research in Development Economics in general and on Pakistan-related economic issues in particular. Very good and interesting site. The Working Papers section is particularly rich and interesting with numerous papers related to the poverty situation in Pakistan. Do not miss either the PIDE Business Barometer and the macroeconomic briefs.

Business Recorder - Pakistan
Business Recorder is the biggest financial daily in Pakistan and the first such publication to be published in the Muslim world. With sections on Business & Economy, Industries & Sectors, Banking & Finance, Markets, General News, Politics & Policy it provides a lot of pertinent information. Very good site.

Pakistan Board of Investment
The Board of Investment (BOI) was established with broad based responsibilities of promotion of investment in all sectors of economy; facilitation of local and foreign investors for speedy materialization of their projects and to enhance Pakistan 's international competitiveness and contribute to economic and social development. The site presents a summary of the investment policies, a list of potential projects and you can download the investment guide.

SME Business Support Fund
SME Business Support Fund (BSF) is a "Not for Profit Company" created to assist both SMEs as well as Business Development Service Providers (BDSPs). Its objectives are to assist in the improvement of the competitiveness of SMEs and to enhance the revenue generating capacity and profitability of emerging businesses. BSF has the mission to make SMEs competitive and sustainable through innovation and efficiency. Aside from giving a description of the different programmes, the site does not offer much value added with the exception of a few tips for starting your own business.

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