Supporting SMEs in Vulnerable Areas
The Pakistan Firms Project is helping increase the profitability and incomes of small and mediumsized enterprises in vulnerable areas. Focusing on key sectors, such as agriculture, livestock, minerals, and tourism, the project seeks to identify and remove constraints to private sector development and job growth. The project encourages the development of a businessenabling environment through support to the Government of Pakistan as it improves planning and budgeting, reforms policies according to international best practices, and streamlines regulations and procedures at the national, provincial, and district levels.
The $89.7 million USAID Pakistan Firms Project is a key implementer of USAID/Pakistan’s economic growth and stabilization strategy. The project assists targeted firms and sectors that offer the greatest opportunity for growth, exports, and employment. Through this project, Chemonics works with district governments, alongside other local businesses and organizations, to create jobs and support economic growth and stability. Project Period: May 2009 - April 2013
The main objective of the Pakistan Firms Project is to develop dynamic, internationally competitive small and medium sized enterprises in Pakistan's most vulnerable areas by supporing the production and marketing of agricultural and non-agricultural commodities.
- Create 10,000 new jobs in Sindh, Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and FATA
- Train 10,000 participants in workforce development and agricultural and marketing best practices
- Rehabilitate the trout fishery and tourism sectors in Swat damaged by recent conflict and floods
- Help 3,800 small and mediumsized enterprises gain access to technology, domestic and export markets, and financial services
USAID/Pakistan Mission, Chemonics International, RTI International