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Research Programme

Research Programme

Pakistan-PTIPP Trade Strategy Overview

Partner: World Bank Pakistan

Locale: Pakistan

Duration: 2015-16

Team Members: Dr. Vaqar Ahmed and Danish Hassan 

Concept/Introduction: Pakistan-PTIPP Trade Strategy Overview was work with actionable recommendations on trade strategy for improvement of trade with special focus on macro-level determinants of export competitiveness and transit trade.

Objectives: The objective of this work was to provide the pakistan’s Ministry of Commerce with actionable recommendations on trade strategy with particular focus on macro-level determinants of export competitiveness and transit trade.

Recommendations: To boost competitiveness of Pakistan’s exports, the government will need to address some macro level structrural issues including:

  • Regulatory and political economy constraints
  • Rising cost of doing business due to import tariff structure
  • Limited participation in global value and supply chains
  • Inadequate trade facilitation, policy interventions and supporting instruments
  • Lack of coordinated support from formal institutions
  • Poor availability of credit for exports, particularly for SME’s
  • An exchange rate regime that reinforces the anti-export bias of the tariff structure and other policies.

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