|Roundtable discussion on “Private Sector Development in Pakistan” by US think tank CSIS in Lahore chaired by Ms. Sadika Hameed, fellow with Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and Mishal Pakistan.|
Pakistan’s Entrepreneurial Potential and Private Sector Development Discussed at a Roundtable by CSIS and Mishal Pakistan.
Representatives of political parties, the business community, education, media, and civil society attended the roundtable.
The participants also discussed and agreed on addressing international business and media perceptions of Pakistan. International news coverage and public attention centers on the threats emanating from Pakistan and the strained relationship between the U.S. and Pakistani governments. This focus obscures: first Pakistan’s tremendous economic potential, with its 180 million potential consumers, rapidly growing private sector, second, location as a shipping hub, and third, one of the most favorable demographic age distributions in the world. Investment in Pakistan presents a confluence of interest for both U.S. businesses and the people of Pakistan. Despite dire predictions, Pakistan’s economy has a number of structural factors that will translate investment into growth.