Dr Shamshad Akhtar, the Caretaker Finance Minister, emphasised Pakistan’s significant economic potential, stating that the country could achieve a $2 trillion economy by 2047, as per a World Bank report.
Addressing the Future Summit in Karachi, she underscored the importance of adopting robust economic and sector-specific policies, coupled with a resolute commitment to implementing challenging structural reforms.
Dr Akhtar highlighted the need for increased innovation and diversification within the economic framework to ensure sustainable growth.
Emphasising the role of Development Finance Institutions (DFIs), she noted that institutions with expertise, efficiency, and flexibility could serve as crucial drivers for the growth and development of the capital market.
In a recent meeting with the Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) and heads of DFIs, Dr Akhtar discussed the progress of establishing a private equity and venture capital (PE and VC) fund.
While the DFIs reaffirmed their commitment, they also provided insights into the progress made and challenges encountered in the process.
Notably, Pakistan, currently under a caretaker government, successfully reached a staff-level agreement with the International Monetary Fund on the first review of a short-term bailout program.
This agreement clears the path for unlocking $700 million, a crucial step in mitigating the looming economic crisis.
The caretaker government has implemented various fiscal measures, including an increase in the petrol levy, additional taxes, and significant reforms in the power sector, to address the economic challenges effectively.