Internet Shutdowns in Pakistan Cost Economy 1.3 billion Rupees in Just 24 Hours

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A recent study conducted by the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE) has shed light on the substantial economic effects of internet shutdowns in Pakistan. The findings reveal that even a mere 24-hour interruption of internet services results in a significant loss of PKR 1.3 billion, equivalent to approximately 0.57 percent of the country’s daily GDP average.

The study underscores the critical impact of internet disruptions on various sectors, including ride-sharing services, food delivery, freelance work, and telecommunications. Dr. Nadeem ul Haque, the Vice Chancellor of PIDE, emphasized that the internet has evolved into an integral aspect of modern life, playing a key role in facilitating day-to-day activities and business operations.

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However, Pakistan’s internet infrastructure currently falls short in terms of both quality and coverage, which further exacerbates the consequences of internet shutdowns. The study underscores the adverse effects on sectors such as transportation, food delivery, and freelance work, highlighting the urgent need for an enhanced internet infrastructure.

Furthermore, the research emphasizes the importance of ensuring high-quality internet access, especially in remote areas. Such access not only empowers young people but also contributes to narrowing socio-economic differences within the country.

The study’s findings serve as a blunt reminder of the critical role that a stable and robust internet infrastructure plays in supporting economic growth and development. Addressing these issues will be essential to protecting the well-being and livelihoods of Pakistan’s citizens while ensuring the continued growth of the nation’s digital economy.

Ammara Ahmed

Ammara Ahmed

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