CBDCs: Pakistan Is Reportedly Exploring the Feasibility of Launching a Digital Currency

Pakistan’s Finance Minister Muhammad Aurangzeb recently stated that the nation’s government is looking into integrating digital currency transactions within the Asian country’s financial ecosystem.

While addressing attendees at the World Economic Forum (WEF) special meeting held in in Riyadh, Minister Aurangzeb commented on Pakistan‘s efforts regarding the adoption of a virtual currency.

He stated:

“Despite generating Rs9.4 trillion in annual revenues, nearly half of our economy operates off the grid. Aurangzeb also disclosed the recent signing of an agreement with McKinsey aimed at spearheading a comprehensive digitalization initiative for the economy. They will collaborate with us on the end-to-end digital transformation of our economic infrastructure.”

Emphasizing the need for introducing a framework suitable for a a green tax economy, Minister Aurangzeb explained that even international institutions such as the World Bank (WB) are exploring various financing mechanisms.

Suggesting a combination of local strategies and international financial support to address the country’s fiscal requirements, the minister shared his vision for Pakistan’s economic trajectory.

It’s worth noting that Pakistan has welcomed a new government under the leadership of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, a member of the PML-N political party. The country has been focused on working cooperatively with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in order to acquire additional loans.

Over the years, Pakistan’s exports have exceeded its imports and the country has struggled economically ever since it became an independent nation back in 1947. At present, tne new government in Pakistan appears to be working closely with Middle Eastern countries like Saudi Arabia, who can provide key investments that would allow Pakistan to grow in a sustainable manner.

In addition to Saudi Arabia, Pakistan is known for focusing on its ties with China as well. Recently, Pakistan’s national currency, the Pak Rupee, appears to have stabilized (relatively) against the US Dollar. Local sources have attributed this stability to the central bank acquiring a large amount of US dollars from local institutions in order to stabilize the economic condition in the nation. Despite these efforts, a lot more will be needed so that the country can continue to sustain itself.

While a digital currency project seems like a good idea for Pakistan, the country could benefit greatly from some more basic reforms such as a lot more funding and drastic improvements to its education system.

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