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DB 2020

Starting a Business

Pakistan made starting a business easier by expanding procedures available through the online one-stop shop. This reform applies to both Karachi and Lahore. Furthermore, Pakistan (Lahore) abolished the Labor Department registration fee.

Dealing with construction permits

Pakistan (Karachi) made obtaining a construction permit easier and faster by streamlining the approval process and also made construction safer by ensuring that building quality inspections take place regularly. Pakistan (Lahore) also made obtaining a construction permit easier and faster by streamlining the approval process and by improving the operational efficiency of its one-stop shop for construction permitting.

Getting electricity

Pakistan made getting electricity easier by enforcing service delivery time frames and by launching an online portal for new applications. Pakistan also increased the transparency of electricity tariff changes. This reform applies to both Karachi and Lahore.

Registering property

Pakistan (Karachi) made property registration faster by making it easier to execute and register a deed at the Office of the Sub-Registrar. Pakistan (Lahore) made registering property easier by increasing the transparency of the land administration system.

Paying taxes

Pakistan made paying taxes easier by introducing online payment modules for value added tax and corporate income tax, and less costly by reducing the corporate income tax rate. This reform applies to both Karachi and Lahore.

Trading across borders

Pakistan made trading across borders easier by enhancing the integration of various agencies in the Web-Based One Customs (WEBOC) electronic system and coordinating joint physical inspections at the port. This reform applies to both Karachi and Lahore.

DB 2019

Starting a Business

Pakistan made starting a business easier by enhancing the online one-stop registration system, replacing several forms for incorporation with a single application and establishing information exchange between the registry and the tax authority. This change applies to both Karachi and Lahore.

Registering property

Pakistan (Lahore) made registering property easier by streamlining and automating administrative procedures, and by increasing the transparency of its land administration system. Pakistan (Karachi) made registering property easier by increasing the transparency of the land registry.

Resolving Insolvency

Pakistan made resolving insolvency easier by introducing the reorganization procedure and improving the continuation of the debtor’s business during insolvency proceedings. This change applies to both Karachi and Lahore.

DB 2018

Starting a Business

Pakistan made starting a business easier by replacing the need to obtain a digital signature for company incorporation with a less costly personal identification number. This change applies to both Karachi and Lahore.

Registering property

Pakistan, Karachi improved the transparency of the land registration process by publishing online the fee schedule and the list of documents necessary to complete any property registration.

Protecting Minority Investors

Pakistan increased minority investor protections by making it easier to sue directors in case of prejudicial transactions with interested parties. This reform applies to both Karachi and Lahore.

Trading across borders

Pakistan made importing and exporting easier by developing a new container terminal and enhancing its customs platform for electronic document submission. These changes apply to both Karachi and Lahore.

DB 2017

Registering property

Pakistan improved the quality of land administration by digitizing ownership and land records. This reform applies to Lahore.

Getting Credit

Pakistan improved access to credit information guaranteeing by law borrowers’ rights to inspect their own data. The credit bureau also expanded its borrower coverage. This reform applies to both Lahore and Karachi.

Trading across borders

Pakistan made exporting and importing easier by enhancing its electronic “Web Based One Customs Platform”.

DB 2016

Getting electricity

Pakistan (Karachi), made the process for getting an electricity connection faster as the distribution utility improved the stock of material for the external connection works.

DB 2015

Trading across borders

Pakistan made trading across borders easier by introducing a fully automated, computerized system (the Web-Based One Customs system) for the submission and processing of export and import documents. This reform applies to both Lahore and Karachi.

DB 2012

Paying taxes

Pakistan increased the profit tax rate for small firms.

DB 2011

Registering property

Pakistan made property transfer more affordable by reducing the stamp duty rate.

Trading across borders

Pakistan reduced the time to export by improving electronic communication between the Karachi Port authorities and the private terminals, which have also boosted efficiency by introducing new equipment.

DB 2010

Starting a Business

Pakistan made starting a business easier by introducing an electronic registration system, allowing online registration for sales tax and eliminating the requirement to make the declaration of compliance on a stamped paper.

DB 2008

Getting Credit

Pakistan’s private credit bureau began distributing positive as well as negative credit information, and its public credit registry eliminated the minimum threshold for loans included in its database.

Registering property

Pakistan made registering property more expensive by increasing the capital value tax.