Do you know how future oriented are we Pakistanis? 

To answer, let me share two indices here:

First, Future Orientation Index of today’s top 45 economies, based on a study done by UK’s Warwick University through one billion Google searches. While Germany is No 1, Pakistan is at the bottom 45.

Source: The Guardian

Future Orientation Index 2013

Second, Long-Term Orientation Index by Geeert Hofstede, which tracks data in real time. It puts our LTO at zero (0). Yes, zero.

Source: Geert Hofstede


But all of this may change.

Pakistan is going to be one of the top 18 economies in the world in 2050 (BBC figure below), according to many reports, including from Goldman Sachs and World Bank and reported by BBC and The Economist.

My 23-year-old son, Ali Zahid, ceo,, and I spent the 23rd March weekend (21-23 March to be precise) to lead on the Season 2 of a training workshop called FLP (Future Leaders Program 2020).

Some 40-plus beaming individuals from diverse academic backgrounds – engineers, cost & management accountants, MBAs, teachers, marketers, finance professionals, entrepreneurs and students from business schools like CBM, Iqra, Jinnah universities, and ICMAP participated.

There was also participation of a contingent from Hyderabad.

It was organized by flow, a youth leadership firm with a tagline – purposeful youth, prosperous Pakistan, an arm of SkillCity, a next-gen leadership training firm.

The venue was ICMAP’s NIPA Campus.

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Pakistan 18th largest economy in 2050. Source: BBC 2014

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Harvard predicts Pakistan GDP to grow by 5% over next 10 years

Pakistan is the world’s fastest-growing Muslim economy: The Economist

Pakistan outperforms 26 frontier and emerging markets in 2016: Bloomberg

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Pakistan GDP set to grow by 5.3% by 2020: IMF

$10B TAPI natural gas pipeline to be operational in 2020

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Pakistan petrol prices 18th lowest in the world

Pakistan is now world’s 40th largest economy

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The best thing about this FLP was that it was not aimed at elite segment of population.

It was for people like you and me, with one thing in common: they wanted to change the destiny of this country.

In a paperless environment, they used their laptops, iPads, smartphones to produce videos, make notes, record action points, etc. Use of paper was discouraged, so people could stretch their comfort zones.

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On one day, they were assigned to profile their future leaders.

We asked: What does your 2020 leader look like? What are their three key competencies? What are your expectation of their role and contribution? How will they help in building a developing Pakistan?

The participants came up with a video and verbal profile of their 2020 leaders in these areas:

  • political leader
  • MNC leader
  • large-scale local enterprise leader
  • SME leader
  • public-sector leader
  • INGO leader
  • NGO leader
  • cause leader

On another day, in Decision-making simulations, led by Ali, the participants became:

  • A Pakistani textile exporter to Walmart, which has to go green to keep exporting 
  • PIA Board of Directors which needs to turn around the airline, buy new planes and start new routes
  • Civil Aviation DG who has to approve new airports and refurbish existing airports with 4 C’s

With the help of video clips, the participants also visualised the fast-developing countries in our region like Dubai and Qatar.

They were shown the future of air travel, road travel, future of technology.

And the benchmark year for this exercise was 2050.

Some other indices on Pakistan

Pakistani nationality ranks second least valuable in the world

Pakistani passport ranked second worst for international travel

Pakistan 11th strongest military in the world

Pakistan ranks 11th worst in Global Hunger Index

Nuclear warheads down worldwide, up in South Asia

Pakistan’s global competitiveness – in 11 photos

Pakistan at rock bottom in Human Capital Index

Pakistan world’s 14th most fragile country

Will Pakistan risk falling behind when S Asia ups economic game

Karachi 6th least liveable city in the world

Peshawar is the world’s second most polluted city

Pakistan among top 10 global improvers in World Bank’s 2017 Doing Business rankings

FLP graduates

The beaming graduates of FLP 2014 with Ali & Wali. Wali is part of Pakistan’s Vision 2025 Plan committee.

The most exciting thing about the whole exercise was: its being without any trivia. No trivial physical energisers or time-wasting ice breakers, which are a usual hallmark of young professionals’ training in Pakistan.

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At the end of three days, everyone produced a 30-second video clip highlighting their action plan for themselves, leading up to Year 2020.

We just hope that when this crop of leaders take up the reins of their respective spheres of influence, things might start to look different.

Those who deserve special recognition are Muhammad Swaleh Moeen, Team Lead Flow; Hafiz Imran Siddiqui of CBM, and countless others at ICMAP and Flow.

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  • Saleem Akhter

    This is a Very great and fruit full website which give me a best Knowledge for my career, personal growth to professional development. I come to know about future trends from this site. I strongly recommend to all those who wanna grow-up in their life to visit and read this site.

  • Adeel Jamil

    Things in Pk are going better than anticipated although the perception of common public is failing to understand that any alternate leadership couldn’t have done different or better than the current.

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