Ranked 122nd this year, Pakistan is world’s 17th least competitive country, according to the Global Competitiveness Report (GCR) 2016-17, released by World Economic Forum (WEF), Switzerland.

Last year, Pakistan’s rank was 126.

The GCR 2016-17 has ranked 138 countries.

In South Asia, Pakistan still ranks even below than Bhutan and Nepal.


With a score of 3.49 out of 7, Pakistan ranks 122nd in GCR 2016-17 and is in the company of mostly African countries.


The 12 pillars of Global Competitiveness Report 2016-17.


The updated GCI framework of Global Competitiveness Report 2016-17.

Our earlier reports:

Everything about Pakistan’s competitiveness – in 10 photos

In global competitiveness, Pakistan ranks with Africa’s poorest states

In political stability, a UN index ranks Pakistan worst in the world

Pakistan 92nd in world happiness index 2016

Here’s everything you wanted to know about Pakistan’s performance in Global Competitiveness Report 2016-17 – in 11 photos and on one page.


Global Competitiveness Index in detail on Pakistan on 12 pillars and subindexes.

VIDEO: See Wali Zahid explaining GCR 2015 and Pakistan’s future on a Business Plus TV show with Junaid Gul.


Pakistan is a Stage 1, Factor-driven economy, according to Global Competitiveness Report 2016-17. Much needs to be done to transition to Efficiency-driven economy.


In South Asia (Saarc), Pakistan is the lowest.

Other Saarc countries ranking:

India leads the way at 39, followed by Sri Lanka (71), Bhutan (97), Nepal (98), and Bangladesh (106).

Exports % of GDP (10th Pillar) has topped the bottom ranking at 135.

Four areas – Business costs of terrorism (1st Pillar), Trade tariffs % duty (6th Pillar), cooperation in labor employer relations and female participation in the labor force – ratio to men (7th Pillar) – share the bottom ranking at 134.

Pakistan ranks 5th in terrorism-affected countries list


Areas where Pakistan has shown improvements in Global Competitiveness Report 2016-17.

Pakistan: The brighter side:

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

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

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

$7.6B 1,800km TAPI gas pipeline to be operational in 2018

Bloomberg on Pakistan’s economic revival, construction boom

Pakistan is less corrupt than last year. This is good news. What’s the bad news?

Pakistan petrol prices 18th lowest in the world


Areas where Pakistan has shown deterioration in Global Competitiveness Report 2016-17.

Some other indices on Pakistan

Pakistani nationality ranks second least valuable in the world

Pakistan 11th strongest military in the world

Everything about Pakistan’s competitiveness – in 10 photos

Nuclear warheads down worldwide, up in South Asia

In World Bank’s 2016 Doing Business Report, Pakistan ranks 138

Pakistan at rock bottom in Human Capital Index 2015

Pakistan world’s 14th most fragile country

As S Asia ups economic game, Pakistan risks falling behind: WSJ. The question is why?

Pakistan #106 in Good Country Index


Global ranking of Pakistan’s institutions in four editions of Global Competitiveness Reports.

$46B China-Pakistan Economic Corridor: 15 years, 3 routes, 51 projects

China-Pakistan Economic Corridor projects pick up pace

China’s world-reshaping One Belt, One Road (OBOR)

Worried about Pakistan’s $73B debt? You must see this

Pakistan is now world’s 40th largest economy

Pakistan to upgrade to emerging-market status

It’s the economy, stupid


Here’s a list of 16 most problematic factors for doing business in Pakistan.

1) Corruption, 2) crime and theft and 3) tax rates top the list.

Are Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar listening for their respective three areas to fix things?

In Pakistan, electricity shortages & crime are two biggest problems: Pew

You can download the Global Competitiveness Report 2016-17 here.

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