|Potential Areas/Sectors for Investment in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa|
|A||TOURISM POTENTIAL INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES
(Source: Sarhad Development Authority)
|B||POTENTIAL INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN HYDEL SECTOR.
(Source: Sarhad Hydel Development Organization)
|C||POTENTIAL INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN MINES & MINERALS.
(Source: Sarhad Development Authority)
Potential Investment Opportunities Tourism
Nature has gifted Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with rich cultural and tourism friendly environment. It has the potential of becoming a big tourist attraction in the world, due to its scenic beauty, geographical location, climate and natural resources. The ecology, topolography and conspicuous geography of the province would have been few parallels on our planet. Indeed, the province has three distinct divisions/strata, i.e. the Northern region which is mountainous containing lush green valleys and natural sanctuaries for eco as well as green tourism. The mid part of the province generally called Peshawar valley has had been the seat and nursery for different civilizations. The southern part of the province is mountainous and gravelly containing a few alluvial plains full of natural resources besides effluents.
Though Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) and the Sarhad Tourism Corporation (STC) have provided some infrastructure for the development of tourism in the area, however; it still lacks modern tourism facilities like parks, hotels, restaurants and roads in these areas. The Sarhad Tourism Corporation is also making efforts to strengthen the modern vision of public -private partnership and offer the following important sites to private sector for development:
1. National Park and Tourism Facilities at Mahudand Swat
The marvelous lake Mahudand is situated at a distance of 35km from Kalam (Swat). Beside its scenic beauty, the tourists usually go to enjoy trout fishing in the lake of Mahudand. The lake which is like a rough diamond could further be made attractive if sufficient facilities like that of restaurant, lodging suites, cafes, snack bars and emergency medical center are provided to the area. Approximate investment in Mahudand is estimated to be Rs. 100 Million.
2. Construction of 10 (Ten) Tourism Facilitation Centers in the Province
Due to moderate weather and spectacular beauty of northern part, NWFP is frequently visited by a huge number of tourists. The foreigners as well as local tourists always demand some road side facilities for their short stay and refreshment. To facilitate the tourists particularly their families, STC intends to establish a network of tourism facilitation centers on the main highways of the province as under:
i. Indus Highway, D.l.Khan.
ii. Indus Highway, Karak District.
iii. Peshawar City.
iv. GT Road, Kund Car Parking.
v. Silk Road, Hawallian (Abbottabad).
vi. Jabba Sheep Farm, Mansehra.
vii. Silk Road, Battagram District.
viii. Galyat, Abbottabad.
ix. Chakdara (Dir).
x. Drosh (Chiral)
(Approximate cost on each facility is Rs. 20 million.)
3. Kund Park
Kund Park is situated on the confluence of river Kabul & Indus on the main G.T Road (Peshawar - Islamabad) near Attock bridge. Due to its unique location the park has become a recreation spot for the people of Peshawar Islamabad, Nowshera, Attock, Mardan and Swabi etc.
The following facilities will add the beauty of the park:
i. Bridge on River Kabul
A bridge on river Kabul will give direct access to the park from main G.T Road near village Kund.
ii. Tourists Hostel at Kund Park
At present, the tourists usually plan day trip to kund Park. Hence lodging facilities for the tourists at Kund Park is earnestly required. For this purpose two hostels one each on river Kabul and river Indus is required. Estimated cost of the two hostels is Rs. 100 million.
iii. Construction of Restaurants in Kund Park
Restaurant is the basic need to entertain visitors in the park. Two restaurants with all modern facilities are very essential to be established in the park. i.e. one on river Kabul and another on Indus side. The estimated cost on the construction of two restaurants with full modern facilities is Rs. 100 million.
iv. Children Park in Kund Park
As visitors are usually accompanied by their families; therefore, Children Park in the Kund Park will add the beauty of the park. A separate enclosure with in the park for children recreation is estimated to be constructed at the cost of Rs. 50 million.
v. Boating & Canoeing facility in Kund Park
Rivers and boats go together. Visitors always like to sail through the river Kabul & Indus water. For this Kund Park offers a bright opportunity because it is an ideal place for boating. This facility will require funds to the tune of Rs. 50 million.
4. Development of Thandiani Summer Resort (Abbottabad)
Thandiani is situated near Abbottabad about 24 km at an altitude of 8,832 feet. Thandiani is a tiny, unspoiled hill station on the flat top of a conical hill with views in all directions. The road to Thandiani is in good condition and remained open most of the year. To develop Thandiani, it is proposed to establish a hotel and a Play Land in this area, which will pave way for more tourist activities and indeed this would prove to be exceptionally lucrative. This facility will require funds to the tune of Rs. 1000 million for diverse activities including walking track between Thandiani and Nathiagali.
5. Chair Lifts
i. Installation of Chair Lifts between Naran and lake Saifulmalook (Manshera), Estimated Cost Rs.120 million ii. Chair Lifts Scheme at Dobanda - Zakhana, Dir (upper) Estimated Cost Rs. 120 million iii. Chair Lifts on River Kabul at Kund (Nowshera). Total Length 200 meter. Estimated Cost Rs. 100 million. Potential Investment Opportunities in Hydel Sector in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa of Pakistan is blessed with enormous hydropower potential. This Potential remained focus of interest to private investors and international funding agencies. Most of the hydel projects of Pakistan including Tarbela and Warsak, are located in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. There is a potential of 27000 MW electricity generation from hydropower alone from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa out of 40000 MW available in the Pakistan. Sarhad Hydel Development Organization (SHYDO), since its inception in 1986, has been instrumental in identifying and exploiting hydel potential in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. SHYDO is an autonomous body of Govt. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa responsible for hydel development in province. The organization is under the administrative control of Irrigation and Power Department of Provincial Government and is governed by the Board of Directors.
SHYDO has so far identified a number of promising hydel potential sites and financial phasing for HPPs (F/Study & Construction) is appended herewith.
Potential Investment Opportunities In Mines & Minerals
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, occupying an area of 74,521 km² (28,773 sq mi) in the north western extremities of Pakistan is dominated by the occurrence of mountainous terrains of eastern Hindokush, and western Himalayas in the north and samana Rang, Sur Ghar range and Marwat range in the south. These Terrains consititute about 70% of the total area of the province. The adjacent FATA region with an area of 27,220 km² also has similar nature of topographic features.
Northern part of the province has potential of Marble/granite, cement grade lime stone, phosphates, soapstone, nepheline syenite & other industrial minerals beside gemstone and metallic minerals. Southern part of the province has extensive potential of industrial rocks and minerals which include rock salt, gypsum, clay minerals, limestone, silica sand, iron ore and coal etc.
Variety of Dimension stones:
1) Dimension Stones: Classical Carbonate Marble mainly white and gray and other shades of marble in the province are black, pink and green.
2). Granites: A range of granites of dark and light coloured are abundantly available mainly in shades of green, gray, black, & pink.
3). Other rock varieties: Massive limestone, sand stones, slate, phyllite are also amenable to processing as substitute of marble and granite.
Estimated resource of marble in the province is about 3.0 billion tonne. Major occurrences are Chitral marble block having a potential of more than 1000 million tonne, Shangla par (Swat) marble of more than 200 million tonne, Buner marble belt having geological resources of 1400 million tonne and Swabi marble block of about 200 million tonne and Nowshera pink marble of about 100 million tonne.
Estimated resources of granite are available in billion of tonne. The potential occurrences of dark coloured granites, mostly with green shades, are more than 1000 million tonne and light coloured granite is more than 1000 million tonne.
Proposed sites for investment in dimension stones are Buner-Mardan white & sunny gray marble, Chitral white marble, Dir green Granite, Mansehra black granite and Shangla serpentinites.
Variety of Gemstones:
1). Pegmatite-hosted beryltourmalinetopaz-garnet, occurring within a linear belt of about 30 km in Chitral as well as in other localities.
2) Corundum/Ruby occurrences in Dir along a geological unite of amphibolites.
3) The Swat emeralds belt over a linear extension of more than 50 km. The known prospects of emeralds are rated to about 100 million carats.
4.) Crabonate-Hosted Topaz (pink, yellow, white and other shades), in Mardan Katlang area.
5). Metasediments-hosted Corundum (Ruby and Sapphire) in Kaghan-Naran valleys.
Industrial Rocks and Minerals:
1). Cement-grade limestones and clay in Dargai (Malakand Agency), Nowshera, Kohat-Lachi and Dera Ismail Khan. The resources are in billion of tonne.
2). Fertilizer-grade phosphate (22 million Tonne) in Hazara.
3). Glass and ceramic-grade nephline syenite and associated granitoids about (85 million tonne) in Buner.
4). Rock salt, gypsum and clay minerals in Kohat and Karak.
5). Other industrial minerals include soap stone, feldspar, dolomite, barite and graphite.
1). Iron literate near Nowshera (150 million tonne) in addition to 30 million tonne in Pezu D.I.Khan and 40 million tonne in Langrial, Hazara.
2). Mining and processing of Iron magnetite (one million tonne) at Domel Nissar in Chitral.
3). Small scale mining and processing operations on polymetallic lodes in Chitral and lead-zinc in Besham.
4). Chromite (one million tonne) in Malakand.
5). Deposit scale exploration of Mirkhani Copper gold prospects.
6). 33 identified targets of gold and base metals in Chitral, Malakand and Hazara regions.
Coal seams of workable thickness occur mostly in the south and south western part of the province along a geological sequence in a linear belt of tens of km length.
CHECK LIST FOR INVESTMENT POSSIBILITIES:
a) Physical Description:
• Mainly mountainous terrains in the north with moderate to low forest
• Perennial source of water in the form of rivers and streams mainly in the northern part.
• Climatic conditions with cold winters and warm hot summers.
• Prospects for dimension & gemstones, industrial rocks & metallic minerals
• More than 1500 prospecting licenses and mining leases have been granted.
• The region is gateway to Central Asia
• Linked with international sea port (Karachi)
• Local demand of minerals commodities also exist.
d) Geological/minerals Database
• Reasonable establishment of GIS/RS Geo-Database is in progress
• Research data from academic and R&D institute available.
e) Mining related legislation
• Currently revised (Mining Concession Rules 2005) with assistance and participation of private sector representatives.
• Small scale Gemstone Mining Policy, 2001.
• Private sector participation in the Mines Committee.
f) Sovereign Risk
• Low, although little history of mining
• Private investment is given priority by the government
g) Environmental Legislation
• Moderate priority by government.
h) Infrastructure Development
i) Wage level
• Low by Western standard