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Pakistan’s Economy Grows at Highest Rate in Decade

by AFP

Farooq Naeem—AFP

Report issued by finance minister notes inflation up against last year while tax-to-GDP ratio stands at 10.7 percent

Pakistan’s economy expanded almost 5.3 percent in the last year, the finance minister said on Thursday, as gross domestic product crossed $300 billion for the first time.

The growth rate, the highest in a decade, comes amid a construction boom linked to a $50-billion Chinese investment plan to upgrade transport and power infrastructure, and as the country’s overall security situation has improved. But a report unveiled by minister Ishaq Dar also noted that headline inflation was up 4.1 percent compared to 2.8 percent in the previous financial year, while the tax-to-GDP ratio—a key indicator of self-sufficiency—remains a relatively low 10.7 percent. “We are now targeting six percent growth for next year,” he said.

Dar added the per capita income grew by 6.4 percent in the financial year 2017 to $1,628.80 as compared to 1.1 percent last year.

Confidence in Pakistan is growing, with the International Monetary Fund saying in October that the country had emerged from crisis and stabilized its economy after completing a bailout program. Pakistan’s credit rating has also improved, though foreign investment remains poor compared to its South Asian neighbors.

Economists believe the country will need to register sustained growth of six to eight percent over several years to make a significant dent in poverty and provide enough jobs for its youth.

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Imran Ahmed (@ImranAKisan) June 6, 2017 - 11:58 am

Well done Mr Ishaq.

In the past, those who led us exhibited an astonishing predilection towards self harm towards our economy and our placing in the comity of nations. Let us hope that we do not suffer another self destructive period but I worry that all this progress will not be built upon. It could be swiftly undone by the next set of short-sighted policy makers.


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