Macro Pakistani Bites

Even more digestible pieces...

An overview of the key components of Pakistan’s economy and their growth over the last few years along with global comparisons.

Brief summary of the impact of COVID-19 on Pakistan’s economy in order to set up discussion on structural issues affecting the country.

Deep dive into the structural issues facing Pakistan with a focus on private consumption as part of the Macro Pakistani series on the economy.

Deep dive into the structural issues facing Pakistan with a focus on savings and investment as part of the Macro Pakistani series on the economy.

Deep dive into the structural issues facing Pakistan with a focus on productivity as part of the Macro Pakistani series on the economy.

Sector overview of agriculture in Pakistan with a focus on long-standing productivity issues as compared to other countries.

Sector overview of manufacturing in Pakistan in comparison with global benchmarks on declining value-add and importance of financing.

Analysis of how financing in Pakistan has remained low, its linkage with investment and why access to finance to SMEs is important.

Deep dive into electricity in Pakistan with focus on how high prices have hurt businesses, what investments have been made and why circular debt is an issue.

Explore how burden of inadequate housing in Pakistan falls on low-income families, why mortgages have failed to pick up and why investment in the sector is misplaced.

To setup future conversations on government budgets, let’s analyze historical revenue first, bust the myth of how no one pays taxes in Pakistan and why the tax base needs to grow.

Analysis of how government revenues are divided between provinces, where the budget in Pakistan is spent and why public debt has risen in the past.

Discussion on issues with the state of education in Pakistan, how it impacts income inequality and what the government is doing about it.

Discussion on how education affects healthcare in Pakistan, why rising population is a concern and what the government is doing about it.

Understand why Pakistan spends more on its military than on health and education combined, where the money goes and what impact geo-political tensions have had.

Explore what makes up the balance of payments, what role devaluation has played in boosting trade in Pakistan and how foreign relations can affect growth moving forward. 

Overview of the latest agreement between the IMF and Pakistan, keeping in mind historical context and the country’s own Vision 2025.

Highlights of the COVID-19 response in Pakistan with focus on fiscal and monetary policy initiatives undertaken to stabilize the economy.

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