ISLAMABAD, Mar 20 (APP): 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”; Sadika Hameed, Fellow with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), said at a roundtable organized by CSIS and Mishal Pakistan at Lahore Thursday. Sadika Hameed is an expert on competitiveness, private sector development,political risk and frontier markets, a statement issued by Mishal Pakistan here said.
This activity will result in a report for policy makers and the business community in the United States and Pakistan.
The businesses in both countries will also be brought together through investors conferences in Washington DC and Pakistan as well.
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.
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