Industrial and Commercial Centers
Industrial activities are very limited compared to the size of the city. There are small factories functioning mostly in the heart of the city. Main productive sectors for business include marble processing, clothing, pickles, honey, ice making, pressure cooker, soaps, washing powders, and dairy product processing. The residents of Jalalabad city mainly run small businesses, shops, small production factories, hotels and restaurants and other minor businesses. The city has both planned and unplanned commercial areas. The city center of Jalalabad is filled with markets, small shops and is heavily congested.
Even though Jalalabad has Hisar-e-Shahi Industrial Park (HIP), which is located 22 km southeast of Jalalabad city and established through the assistance of the World Bank but power shortage has been limiting opportunities for industrial and economic growth. However, urban economies are characterized by the diversification of industrial sectors and commercial opportunity. To support continued growth, Jalalabad should do as much as it can to provide a supportive infrastructure for commercial development and creating job opportunities.