I have the rare privilege of regularly speaking to and working with business leaders around the world – from every type of business be they family, not-for-profit, publicly traded or private and from every business sector imaginable. Over the last two years I have made a number of visits to the beautiful country of Pakistan and worked with business leaders in Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi. Men and women in pharmaceuticals, refining, bottling, banking, communications, insurance, confectionary, medical, advertising, engineering and many others, running their own businesses, or running publicly traded corporations, charities or subsidiaries of overseas multi-nationals.
So, I am often asked, what are my experiences of Pakistan business leaders and how do they differ from elsewhere? My overwhelming response is that, above all else, they are universally optimistic and highly positive. Despite all the problems, real and perceived, relating to Pakistan and it’s economy I have found the business leaders I have been with to be the most positive, switched on men and women as anyone I work with anywhere – and who are constantly eager to find ways to grow and develop their businesses.
For that reason alone I love visiting and working here – people are so keen to hear what I have to say, to learn, discuss and, of course, disagree on occasions – for me it is immensely stimulating and rewarding.
Despite all his positive-ness, however, I do, unfortunately, find something of a siege mentality prevailing amongst business people – an inward looking preoccupation that I do not believe is in anyone’s best interests.
There is no doubt that the country’s geographic location has always been, and it seems to me always will be, the cause of political and perceptional difficulties but, - and it’s a very Big BUT - I am firmly of the opinion that it also gives businesses in Pakistan opportunities that the rest of us in the world would do almost anything to have!
Goldman Sachs has recently reconfirmed their analysis that the top world economies by 2025 will be the so called “BRIC” nations – Brazil, Russia, India, China and that we should all be starting to work with them now.
It only takes just cursory glance at a world atlas to see that the only country in the world with a common border with three of those four nations is Pakistan. What an unbelievable opportunity!
Businesses based in Pakistan can, and should, increasingly become the envy of the world – you can, and should, be developing those markets now for your products and services and gaining an unassailable position.
Please, business leaders in Pakistan, whether your business is large or small, recognise the unique opportunity you have and go and sell your world class products and services into the fasting growing economies that are on your doorstep – you will never regret it!
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