In 2005, CDC launched a series of Investment Road Shows with a vision for wide scale development of the Pakistan Capital Market and to educate investors throughout Pakistan and abroad. These target-driven events have now transformed into a platform for the capital market leaders and executives to meet the investors and stakeholders and play a key role in increasing awareness and investment base in the country. These road shows were organized in major cities of Pakistan including Sialkot, Peshawer, Quetta, Multan, Sukkur, Faisalabad and Gurjanwala.
On October 17th, 2009, Central Depository Company (CDC) in collaboration with National Investment Trust (NIT) organized an investment and capital market road show in Lahore. The decision to organize this event at this particular time of the year came from the recovering Pakistani Capital Market, improvement in macro economic outlook and attractive valuations of equities.
Presenting his keynote speech at the event, Mr. Muhammad Hanif Jakhura, Chief Executive Officer - CDC stated that the capital market offers unlimited investment opportunities to investors in various sectors but the awareness level of general public about investment through stock market is still very low. Investors are either not aware of these opportunities or are reluctant to enter into the market due to certain misconceptions. He highlighted that the purpose of these road shows is to apprise potential investors about the benefits and risks of the investment and to remove misconceptions associated with stock market. He further informed that invitation in these road shows are kept free of charge so that large number of people could take advantage of the seminars.
Earlier, in his opening remarks, Mr. Mohammad Bashir Janmohammed, Chairman - CDC said that investment in stock market would be rewarding in the reviving economy. He pointed to a dire need for increasing the awareness among common and small investors to help them increase their earnings thus helping stabilize the capital market. Keynote addresses and presentations by Mr. Tariq Iqbal Khan, Chairman & Managing Director - National Investment Trust Limited, Mr. Arif Saeed, Chairman - Lahore Stock Exchange and Dr. Pervez Tahir, Head of Economics – FCC University - Lahore were also the highlights of the event covering Risks and Opportunities in the Capital Market and the economic outlook of the country.