Under the Project for Agri-Food and Agro-Industry Development Assistance in Pakistan (PAFAID), UNIDO and government counterparts will organize the country’s first Meat investor forum to promote investments in the livestock and meat industry through innovation, technology promotion, and market linkages. In addition, the Forum will showcase activities delivered under PAFAID in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to improve capacities and competitiveness of meat sector value chain actors from farm to shelf. The Forum will take place on June 16th, 2023, in Serena Hotel (TBC), Islamabad and will include representatives from the public and private sectors to maximize synergies for meat sector development. 


  • Share knowledge on best practices related to meat sector to de-risk investment opportunities 
  • Showcase international and national technologies and opportunities for value addition to increase the sector’s competitiveness
  • Create national and international business partnerships among relevant stakeholders involved in the sector


The Forum will convene public and private actors engaging in the meat industry, ranging from services providers to meat businesses. Moreover, the Forum will also bring together international donors, partner UN and development agencies working in the livestock and meat sector development in Pakistan, representatives from academia, and business associations. 

The Forum will showcase best practices within the meat sector. The Forum aims to promote the scalability of such interventions by providing a platform for experience sharing and building business to business linkages which will be of interest to the following stakeholders:

  • Federal government bodies (including Ministry of National Food Security and Research, SMEDA, Board of Investment, Ministry of Planning and Development) 
  • Provincial regulatory authorities (including Agriculture Extension Departments, Food Safety Authorities, Local Council Board, Livestock and Dairy Development Departments) 
  • Meat value chain actors supported under the project, including representatives from Progressive Farmers Association, Butchers Association; businesses undergoing trainings and upgrades through the enterprise support activities etc.
  • Private sector meat processors, retailers etc. (e.g., METRO Group, Euro Foods, private abattoir owners)
  • Representatives from academia and TVET institutes, including the Federal Meat Academy Japan, TEFTA, NAVTACC, UVAS, University of Agriculture Peshawar etc.
  • International private technology suppliers for processing, cold chain and logistics
  • Service providers, such as logistics, packaging and certification providers Development partners (e.g., JICA, World Bank, EU, FAO, GIZ, KOICA, etc.)


The Forum will take place at the Serena Hotel in Islamabad, including a walk-in exhibition space and a hall for the spotlight sessions.


The Forum will aim to maximize participant engagement and promote networking activities and knowledge sharing through interactive sessions and an exhibition space.


10:00 – 10:30.   Opening of the Forum and Exhibition corner

                          Welcome remarks

10:30 – 11:00.   Tea/1st Networking Break
11:00-12:30.      Session I – Challenges and Opportunities for investin   
                          in infrastructure required for meat value chain


                          The Forum will feature a spotlight session aimed at 

                          facilitating dialogue between public and private sector 

                          actors on challenges and opportunities for investment in 

                          the meat sector industry.

12:30-14:30.      Lunch Break
13:40-15:50.      Session II – Megatrends in the Global meat sector and  
                          This session will explore the meat sector landscape in 
                          Pakistan and in global markets, focusing on the 
                          international best practices and food safety compliance as 
                          cornerstones for the growth of competitive businesses that 
                          can fulfill high-end market requirements.
15:30-17:00.     Exhibition and networking