GDP: 40pc of Muslim states’ population fall below poverty line

HEC chairperson calls for more investment on education, reasearch.

Our Correspondent June 14, 2013
Muslim world has so far produced only two nobel laureates, says Dr Javaid Laghari. PHOTO: NNI


Despite possessing 70 per cent of world energy resources and 40 per cent natural resources, the gross domestic product (GDP) of all member states of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is less than that of Japan.

This was stated by Chairperson HEC Javaid Laghari while talking to Education Attachés of OIC member states, who called on him at the HEC headquarters here on Friday.

Laghari said that the contribution of OIC member states to world GDP was only eight per cent while 40 per cent of the population of these countries lived below poverty level.

He said only a paltry sum of 0.81 per cent of GDP is spent on research and development.

He also talked about some success stories of the OIC countries in higher education saying Qatar has doubled its spending on research from 0.8 per cent to a 2.8 per cent of GDP while Turkey’s research spending increased by 10 per cent between 2005 and 2010. “Research work is on the rise in Muslim countries and by 2018, Iran will stand at number four, Malaysia at 13, Turkey 18, Pakistan 27, and Egypt 40 in worldwide scientific publication work.”

ED HEC, Dr Mukhtar Ahmed, said that “Vice Chancellors Forum” of OIC member states will be held in Islamabad from 23 to 24 September this year.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 15th, 2013.


Rashid | 10 years ago | Reply

@Riaz Ahmad

@vasan: "People like you want Allah to put food every time you open your mouths."

Don't know about @vasan, but I don't want Allah to feed me, never. My complain is why did he created me and send to this wretched world. On top of it he didn't even ask, if I really wanted to be born at all.


@Np: "And they run the government through one department, inquisition. Right."

Without inquisition, half of the humanity today would have been inside black tents, while the other half spreading message of love and peace, taliban style.

ashar | 10 years ago | Reply


Christianity did have a system to run the government. In fact for much of the Middle Ages the Church was the supreme government that had enormous control on the daily lives of its adherents in Europe.

And they run the government through one department, inquisition. Right.

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