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Canada-Pakistan fact sheet

Official Title:
Islamic Republic of Pakistan

General Information

Capital: Islamabad
Population (million): 204.73
Total Area: 881,913km2
Currency: 1 CAN$ = 114.33 Rupee (PKR) (2020- Annual average)
National Holiday: Pakistan Day: March 23; Independence Day: August 14
Language(s): Urdu & English, Punjabi Sindhi, Pashtu, Balochi

Political Information

Type of State:
Federal Republic

Type of Government:
Federal Republic with a bicameral legislature. The President is elected for a term of five years. Half of the Senate is elected every 3 years for a 6 year term. The National Assembly is elected every 5 years.

Head of State:
President Dr. Arif-ur-rehman Alvi

Head of Government:
Prime Minister Imran Khan

Ministers:
Foreign Affairs: Mehmood Qureshi
Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs: Asad Umar
Adviser to the PM on Commerce, Textile, Industry and Production and Investment: Abdul Razak

Main Political Parties:
Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz (PML-N); Pakistan People’s Party (PPP); Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI); Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM)

Elections:
National Assembly: 2018 (next: July 2023); Presidential: 2018 (next Sept. 2023); Senate (1/2 seats): 2018 (next: March 2021)

Economic Information (2019)

Comparative figures
Type Pakistan Canada
GDP: ($ billion) 373.97 2,277.52
GDP per capita: ($) 1,826.64 60,806.37
GDP growth rate: (%) 3.29 1.64
Inflation: (%) 6.74 1.95
Unemployment: (%) 4.08 5.67

Source: IMF (estimates)

Product Trade and Investment (2020)

Canadian exports to country: $668,379,356
Canadian imports from country: $437,840,958
FDI in Canada (2019): $ million
CDI in the country (2019): $ million

Source: Statistics Canada

Representation

Foreign Representation in Canada:
High Commissioner Raza Bashir Tarar

Canadian Representation Abroad:
High Commissioner Wendy Gilmour

Please note that all statistics reflect Canadian dollars, with some figures reflecting the yearly averages for the year. If listed as ’0’ or absent, the figure is unavailable.

Bilateral Product trade
Canada - Pakistan
Year Exports Imports
2016 $1,078,492,217 $363,976,574
2017 $746,973,472 $410,844,473
2018 $609,582,994 $436,173,050
2019 $672,556,399 $449,524,542
2020 $668,379,356 $437,840,958
21 HS Sections (2020)
Canada - Pakistan
Section Exports Imports
01 Animal & Prod. $3,273,852 $424,617
02 Veg. Prod. $534,678,176 $36,328,459
03 Fats, Oils & Waxes Prod. $185,232 $261,330
04 Food Prod. $2,200,729 $21,214,474
05 Mineral Prod. $662,655 $8,677,891
06 Chemical Prod. $5,995,622 $2,092,898
07 Plastics, Rubber Prod. $1,390,433 $42,276,722
08 Leather, Fur Prod. $82,594 $52,943,468
09 Wood Prod. $24,044,689 $74,656
10 Paper Prod. $18,919,964 $261,188
11 Textiles Prod. $12,519,273 $233,694,430
12 Dress Access. $1,223,235 $1,886,415
13 Glass & Stone Prod. $60,482 $568,002
14 Precious Metals/stones $508,955 $972,376
15 Base Metal Prod. $34,449,184 $15,066,407
16 Mach. Mech. Elec. Prod. $17,451,319 $622,605
17 Vehicles and Equip. $2,659,421 $138,596
18 Specialized Inst. $6,177,154 $4,937,285
19 Arms & Ammunition $14,018 $47,974
20 Misc. Articles $95,506 $14,319,509
21 Antiques $ $81,013


March 2021
Sources include: Statistics Canada, IMF

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