A Strategy for Reversing Pakistan's Dismal Export Performance

CREB Policy Paper No. 01-10

76 Pages Posted: 25 Sep 2010 Last revised: 28 Oct 2010

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Mahreen Mahmud

Lahore School of Economics - Centre for Research in Economics and Business

Hamna Ahmed

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Naved Hamid

Lahore School of Economics

Talal-Ur- Rahim

Boston University

Date Written: June 20, 2010

Abstract

This paper examines Pakistan’s export performance during the last three decades and finds that it has been very poor in comparison with the performance of other countries in Asia. Although Pakistan is exporting to a diversified market base, the high level of product concentration and low sophistication level of the country’s exports are crucial factors underlying this poor performance. This paper identifies agriculture and medium technology exports as potential drivers of export growth and highlights specific policies and investments needed to enhance the competitiveness of exports from these sectors. In addition, the paper examines the policy environment for export competitiveness and proposes measures for providing a policy framework, particularly a supportive exchange rate policy, to boost the performance of the sector. Finally, it puts forward broad recommendations for promoting the export sector of Pakistan.

Keywords: Trade, Country and Industry Studies of Trade, Economic Growth of Open Economies, Pakistan

JEL Classification: F10, F14, F43

Suggested Citation

Mahmd, Mahreen and Ahmed, Hamna and Hamid, Naved and Rahim, Talal-Ur-, A Strategy for Reversing Pakistan's Dismal Export Performance (June 20, 2010). CREB Policy Paper No. 01-10, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1682430 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1682430

Mahreen Mahmd (Contact Author)

Lahore School of Economics - Centre for Research in Economics and Business ( email )

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Hamna Ahmed

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Naved Hamid

Lahore School of Economics ( email )

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Lahore, 53200
Pakistan

Talal-Ur- Rahim

Boston University

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Boston, MA 02215
United States

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