Published Date: Nov 14, 2017
ICCI shows concerns over growing fiscal and external imbalances
ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) has shown great concerns over the growing fiscal and external imbalances that could threaten the economic growth of the country. The ICCI has also geared up efforts to develop a Charter of Economy in partnership with Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) and Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) that would be presented to the political parties for revival of economy. In a statement here on Monday, Sheikh Amir Waheed, President ICCI, said that though the economic growth of Pakistan has improved but as cautioned by the World Bank’s biannual report, the internal and external imbalances due to rising fiscal deficit could jeopardize the hard-earned economic growth and stability. He said the main reasons of these imbalances are Pakistan’s poor export performance and rising debt burden and stressed that government should take strong policy measures to facilitate the private sector in promoting exports.
He urged that government should also focus on revenue mobilization through broadening of tax net instead of resorting to heavy borrowings as rising debt burden would pose many problems to the economy in future. He said as per World Bank report, Pakistan’s exports of goods over the period from 2005 to 2016 rose from $16.5 billion to $20.4 billion showing an increase of just 27.3 percent whereas exports of Bangladesh during this period increased by 276 percent, Vietnam’s 445 percent and India’s 165 percent. He said this showed that Pakistan’s export performance remained quite poor as compared to regional countries. He said Pakistan’s share in global export market has declined over the years while the share of Malaysia, Mexico and Thailand have doubled and stressed that government should take drastic measures to improve export competitiveness to turn around the dwindling exports. He said Pakistan’s worsening macroeconomic conditions and heavy reliance on short-term foreign commercial loans could also create repayment issues for the country in future and government should take private sector on board and make a new strategy in consultation with business community to steer the economy out of challenges. He was of the view that effective economic reforms would also improve Pakistan’s ranking on Ease of Doing Business Index as well. He said the Charter of Economy will help the political parties in setting manifestoes for the next general elections in light of the recommendations presented by the private sector of Pakistan to increase productivity, improve exports, mobilize more revenue and accelerate the economic growth of the country. Source: https://www.brecorder.com/2017/11/14/380855/icci-shows-concerns-over-growing-fiscal-and-external-imbalances/