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Open Letter to Pakistan President Musharraf


July 19, 2005. E-Commerce Times
By Anthony Mitchell

 

http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/MubZSujbMHyfGc/Open-Letter-to-Pakistan-President-Musharraf.xhtml

 

If there was ever a time for a country to reposition itself, now is Pakistan's time. We begin here by outlining actions that can be taken to boost the economy and business confidence, then turn to what Pakistan might do to improve its image as a safe country in which to work and invest.

 

This has been a bad couple weeks for your country, Pakistan. Every day brings more bad news. The worst indication is the drop in confidence among broad segments of the business community in Pakistan earlier this month, particularly the tech sector, which has been growing at over 50 percent per year and represents one of your strongest bases of support.

 

Whereas the world as a whole has been transfixed by the London bombings, recent telecommunication problems that cut most of Pakistan off from the outside world for more than 11 days have caused widespread economic damage.

 

Although press coverage had previously revealed the fragility of Pakistan's telecommunications links, most businesses in Pakistan were caught unprepared. Additional maintenance outages that were set to begin yesterday on Pakistani Internet and voice traffic traversing through Europe were belatedly averted by last-minute rerouting.

 

Need for Telecom Reforms

 

If there was ever a time for a country to reposition itself, now is Pakistan's time. We begin here by outlining actions that can be taken to boost the economy and business confidence, then turn to what Pakistan might do to improve its image as a safe country in which to work and invest.

 

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