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Pakistan’s Imports Dependency and Regional Integration

Dr. Ejaz Ghani, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics
(Paper co-authored with Nasir Iqbal and Musleh-Ud-Din)

Pakistan needs to import a variety of products to accomplish the increasing demands resulting from its industrial and consumer requirements. Major imports include items namely Machinery, Petroleum Products, Chemicals, Transport Equipment, Edible Oil, Iron, Steel, Fertilizer and Tea which together constitute around 70 percent of total imports. To strengthen trade ties especially with neighboring countries, Pakistan has undergone various regional and bilateral trade agreements which encompass various trade policies ranging from imports substitution to exports promotion. This paper will critically analyze the import structure and policy of Pakistan over the last three decades. It will also conduct an empirical analysis to find the determinants of imports especially after adjusting the role of regional or bilateral trading arrangements. The paper will also highlight potential areas where Pakistan can enhance its trade.

About the presenter:

Ejaz Ghani is currently Dean, Faculty of Economics and Business Studies at the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE) Islamabad. He earned his Ph.D from University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA. He is also trained in Canada. He has a vast experience of teaching and research. His area of specialization is international trade and industrial economics. He has published extensively in National and international journals. He is a focal person (Economic Research) of Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) and ARTNeT (UNESCAP).

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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 3/26/2014 03:40:00 PM,

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