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The Great Lockdown provided many of us with time to think and reflect.

In my case, I started an online MBA on Eastern Time and had a lot of Pakistan Standard time to myself, so I opened the Economic Survey of Pakistan 2018-19 and started reading. I used to be a management consultant and made slides for a living, so I started putting together a presentation from what I read to better my own understanding. I knew nothing about the ground realities of Pakistan, so I started presenting to a few friends who did, to learn more.

Two months down the line, I had a presentation covering the Pakistani economy that provided a very basic perspective on what this country is about. It helped me, and my friends who cared to volunteer, begin to answer a few simple questions:

Where did Pakistan's economy stand Pre-COVID-19?

What will be the impact of COVID-19 on Pakistan’s economy?

What were the structural issues facing Pakistan pre-COVID-19?

How was Pakistan performing against its economic plans?

How does Pakistan’s response to COVID-19 compare globally?

For more insights check out Macro Pakistani’s Content section.

For more insights check out Macro Pakistani’s Content section.

Where did Pakistan's economy stand Pre-COVID-19?

What will be the impact of COVID-19 on Pakistan’s economy?

What were the structural issues facing Pakistan pre-COVID-19?

How was Pakistan performing against its economic plans?

How does Pakistan’s response to COVID-19 compare globally?

Answers to the above questions have started showing up in Macro Pakistani’s Content section.

Since the pandemic has made everyone an economist, an epidemiologist and a political commentator all in one, I thought it would help to share a basic understanding of macroeconomics of Pakistan. If nothing, at least it should help make more sense of the news and the political rhetoric.

All Macro Pakistani articles will try to break down economic data into digestible pieces. A bit like Robinhood Snacks or WaitButWhy with a sprinkle of Money Stuff. In Pakistan, Profit does a great job at providing economic information but it requires a prior understanding of most topics while Pakistonomy cannot show data and visuals. So I’ll try to fill that gap as much as possible.

My first language is not English so it might be a bit simplistic, but that might actually help pass on the message a little better. Additionally, I will put in a few graphs that might further help those of you who, like me, understand things a lot better with numbers.

Currently, I’m not sure how long the articles will last. I can publish something on a weekly basis until everyone who reads can say, “That doesn’t sound right! Macro Pakistani had a different data driven insight,” upon reading something odd on the news like “Pakistan has provided the largest fiscal stimulus considering their economic conditions as compared to the rest of the world”. After that, we can collectively decide what to do.

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