Illicit Trade in Pakistan: The Twin Task Of Combating Illicit Trade And Boosting Economic Growth (May 2023)
The convergence of various structural weaknesses in Pakistan’s economy challenges its ability to sustain recent gains in poverty reduction and undermines objectives for long-term growth in GDP. Since these factors also create fertile ground for illicit markets to strengthen, this report investigates the associated impacts and suggests remedies for consideration by Pakistan’s policy leaders.
The report highlights that high levels of inflation and tax evasion compound the problems, and urgently calls for a comprehensive and coordinated approach to address them. The report contends that effectively tackling illicit trade will be a crucial ingredient in achieving Pakistan's economic prospects.
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