Pakistan Institute of Development Economics



The Role of Small-scale Industry in Pakistan’s Economy and Government Incentives

Despite the recognition of the importance of small-scale industry, the Government of Pakistan’s industrial policy has been biased in the past towards the large-scale manufacturing sector. The First Five Year Plan (1955-60) document states the significance of small-scale industry in the following words. Small industry has specific contributions to make to economic development. In the first place, it can contribute to the output of needed goods without requiring the organization of large new enterprises or the use of much foreign exchange to finance the import of new equipment. Secondly, it can provide opportunities for employment beyond the narrow boundaries of urban centres. Finally, as history shows, it can perform an important function in promoting growth, providing training ground for management and labour, and spreading industrial knowledge over wide areas [8, p. 471] .

Aftab Ahmad Cheema, Muhammad Hussain Malik

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