Pakistan Country profile

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Pakistan is Australia’s 37th largest trading partner, with a total of A$1.7b worth of goods and services traded in 2016, making up 0.3% of Australia’s total trade portfolio. Total merchandise trade (exports + imports) with Pakistan totalled A$1b in 2016. The biggest exports include vegetables.  Elders International, Selected Seeds, Australian Rural Exports and Bio-Ag are just some of the Australian exporters that have exported to Pakistan. Pakistan’s growing population opens the door for further agricultural trade.

Pakistan has extensive energy resources, including oil and natural gas reserves and the fourth-largest coal reserves in the world. This offers a wide range of business opportunities in hydro power, oil and gas, infrastructure and building and construction. Snowden Mining Consultants, BHP, SMEC and CE Bartlett are Australian companies that have been involved in mining and infrastructure projects.

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Service exports with Pakistan were worth A$572m. Pakistani student enrolments in Australia have been growing at a steady rate, with close to 16,000 students registered in 2016.

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Bilateral investment remains miniscule; Australian aid to Pakistan has eased to US$50m in 2016-2017.