The Province situated in the North of the country, is also a gateway to the newly independent Central Asian States via Afghanistan. There are three major industrial zones in the Province situated in Peshawar, the capital of the Province; Gadoon Amazai, Distt. Swabi and Hat tar, District Haripur, apart from other medium and small industrial estates. The Risalpur Export Processing Zone is situated approximately 45km from Peshawar on the main Nowshera-Mardan road and is just 3 k.m. from the alignment of the Peshawar- Islamabad Motorway. The Motorway leads to the road to the Central Asian States through the Peshawar by-pass road .
In order to promote industrialisation and to locate the EPZ at the gateway to Central Asia, it was decided to convert SIZ Nowshera into EPZ Risalpur. It is about 110 k.m. from the international border of Torkham, the gateway to Central Asia where new markets are expected to be opened shortly through the land route. The area is surrounded by Industries, and, sufficient cheap skilled manpower is available. Ideal educational & health facilities are also available for the children in the area.
After the Successful completion of the first International Investment Conference 2005, the Federal Government has also decided to hold an International Investment Conference on February, 2007, the duties of the event management are given to the Mediators confrences who were the event managers for the invetsment conference held in the month of March 2005 at Peshawar under the supervision of the Sarhad Development Authority