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Global prosperity index: Can huge foreign reserves of Pakistan bring prosperity?

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Pakistan has been ranked 130th of the 142 countries on the 2015 Global Prosperity Index, falling three places from last year.The Legatum Institute, a London-based think tank, launches the index every year, benchmarking countries across eight categories: economy, entrepreneurship and opportunity, governance, education, health, safety and security, personal freedom and social capital. Pakistan’s performance has improved in four out of the eight sub-indices. Apart from a notable improvement in the economy sub-index, Pakistan fared comparatively well in governance, safety and security and personal freedom in 2015.The best performance came in the economy sub-index, where Pakistan has been ranked 101st in 2015. The country ranked 107th, 107th and 115th in this category in 2014, 2013 and 2012, respectively. By avoiding a balance of payment crisis in 2013-14 after signing a three-year IMF loan programme of $6.64 billion, Pakistan strengthened its international reserves position and indirectly helped raise more funds from other global lenders and investors. A degree of caution needs to be exercised when it comes to the blind acceptance of this and all other ranking exercises. They are generally interpreted as headline statements and many will not look beyond whatever bad news is at the top of the page. In this instance, the news is not all bad and Pakistan’s performance has improved in four out of the eight indices. Perhaps surprisingly, governance, safety and security and personal freedoms all showed signs of improvement in 2015, a trend which will hopefully continue. The economy fared better as well, up to 101st from 115th in 2012. More of us were happier with our living standards and 61.8 per cent of people in Pakistan expressed confidence in financial institutions. If there had been an across-the-board deterioration on all indices, then there would be cause, if not for concern but outright alarm, and that is not so. Outside of the world of numbers and analysis, there really has at a both subjective and objective level been an improvement in safety and security across the country in the last year. Parts of the country remain desperately unsafe, but other — larger — parts have become perceptibly safer. Our governance may be colourless and sometimes downright inept — but not all of it and not all the time everywhere. Read between the lines — it is not all bad news.

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