Giving MFN status to India will benefit Pak: World Bank
Aug 29 2013 , Islamabad
The World Bank also suggests the two countries sign power transmission and trade agreements.
The 293-page World Bank document — Pakistan the Transformative Path — presents a possible list of the 12 most urgent transformational reforms required to be taken by the Nawaz Sharif government and include the MFN status for India, the import of electricity from India, among others, The News reported.
On August 20, the World Bank had announced that it had put together a Country Economic Memorandum and 16 sector-specific Policy Notes for the Sharif government to consider.
Ignoring the tensions as well as the complexities of the irritants, the World Bank suggested to Islamabad: "Completing the trade normalisation process with India and granting it the MFN status would help Pakistan benefit quickly from the fast growth and large markets," the report said.
"Conservative estimates suggest that bilateral trade flows could multiply at least three times, and most observers agree that the growth-enhancing dynamics that this process would unleash would be even more significant for foreign direct investment (especially information technology and manufacturing), services (including financial and tourism), integrated value chains in manufacturing, and power projects," the Policy Note said.
The document says, "A power transmission link with India, under a power tariff arrangement benefitting both countries, could be implemented in the next 6–12 months with a potential capacity of 1,000 megawatts."
Pakistan has shown interest in buying power from India, with its team visiting some power plants of the country last month in this regard.