FATA has a reasonable Industrial presence mostly SMEs in clusters form that include dimensional stone, stone processing, Marble, textile, gunsmithry, furniture, ghee manufacturing, Flour Mills, PVC pipes, Biscuits & confectionery making. However, the number of Industrial Units operating in FATA is always estimated and no authentic data is available to substantiate such estimation. The above stated industrial and service entities have an integral component of labor force employed therein but like their employers they too are undocumented.
In order to know the present state of Industrial, service sector and labor force in FATA, there is a dire need to document the database to identify the following:
a) Nos. of units established, closed and still operating in FATA.
b) Operational issues of running units.
c) Reasons for closure of units.
d) Constraints that hamper or discourage investment.
e) State of labor force in FATA.
The database will provide an insight about the problems and opportunities that will guide planners to design focused interventions to redress the issues so as to provide enabling and attractive environment for industrial development in FATA.
After a rigorous consultant selection process, a FATA based survey firm having extensive experience of surveys for international donors agencies was selected to conduct first ever such survey.
The survey has been successfully completed and the final report of the consultant is being circulated to all relevant Government agencies, Stakeholders and donors.