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Pakistan’s regional exports increase 20.61% to $3.655 billion in 10 months

by Haroon Amin
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In the first ten months of FY 2023–24, Pakistan’s exports to seven regional nations increased by 20.61% to $3,655.483 million, or 14.24% of overall exports of $25,669.182 million million.

China was in the lead, increasing by 37.68% to $2,341.089 million. Nepal and Afghanistan saw a decrease in exports, while Sri Lanka saw a 35.83% increase.

China accounted for the greatest part of the region’s imports, which increased by 26.77% to $10,925.280 million.

India saw a 13.61% increase in imports, while Nepal and Afghanistan saw a sharp decline.

Positive developments have begun in Pakistan’s economy, yet obstacles remain and may perhaps worsen in the near future.

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Pakistan’s economy is faced with a wide range of opportunities and problems.

Challenges:

  • Political instability:

This is frequently cited as Pakistan’s economic Achilles heel and has an impact on the coherence and execution of policies.

  • Structural weaknesses:

These include poor exports, low investment, and low productivity growth, all of which are threats to long-term economic growth.

  • Economic and Environmental Pressures:

Pakistan and other countries in South Asia are dealing with serious environmental and economic issues, necessitating the development of jobs and sustainable practices.

  • Excessive regulations and taxes:

These might hinder the expansion of businesses and economic dynamism.

  • Low Savings and Investment:

A society focused on consumption with less saving and tax revenue results in more government borrowing and a declining proportion of global commerce.

Opportunities:

  • Special Investment Facilitation Council (SIFC):

Given its emphasis on enhancing the investment climate, the SIFC is viewed as essential to Pakistan’s development.

  • Economic Recovery Post-COVID:

After steps are done to lessen the pandemic’s socioeconomic effects, recovery may be possible.

  • Education, Healthcare, and Employment:

Policies that support employment, healthcare, and education can help lower poverty and boost the economy.

Pakistan must address its structural issues, encourage private sector investment, and swiftly enact reforms to ensure macroeconomic stability and budgetary sustainability in order to take advantage of these prospects.

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