Economic realities

Pulling Pakistan out of its current predicament is undoubtedly a herculean task

April 01, 2024


India’s meteoric rise as a global economic powerhouse is nothing short of remarkable, signaling a monumental shift in the global economic landscape. With Mumbai surpassing Beijing to become Asia’s billionaire capital, India’s ascent to the forefront of global wealth creation is undeniable.

The surge in India’s billionaire population, as highlighted by the 2024 Hurun Global Rich List, is a testament to the country’s burgeoning economic prowess. Not only has India added a staggering 94 new billionaires in a single year, but it also boasts a cumulative wealth of $1 trillion among its billionaire elite. This unprecedented growth catapults India to the third position globally in terms of billionaire count, surpassing economic heavyweights like Germany. Mukesh Ambani, Asia’s richest person, epitomises this success, but the true triumph lies in the multitude of new entrants into India’s billionaire club. India has been able to strategically achieve this by prioritising ease of doing business, removing regulatory hurdles and enhancing local markets to attract foreign investment. In stark contrast, Pakistan’s economic landscape paints a fearsome picture. Plagued by precarious economic conditions and burdened by the specter of IMF loans, Pakistan struggles to attract external investors and stimulate domestic growth. Political tensions and security instability further deter international investors from viewing Pakistan as a viable investment destination. The divergent trajectories between the two should urge Pakistan to formulate proactive economic policies and strategically invest in fostering sustainable growth. But pulling Pakistan out of its current predicament is undoubtedly a herculean task.

The challenges it faces are multifaceted and deeply entrenched, requiring concerted efforts and visionary leadership to navigate through. Only with sincere and competent professionals at the helm can the country chart its own course out of this quagmire and set itself on a trajectory towards progress.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 1st, 2024.

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