Analysis of Trade Competitiveness of Pakistan Cereal Products in Global Perspective


  • Muhammad Shahid Maqbool Lecturer Department of Economics, Government Post Graduate College Gojra, Pakistan
  • Tahir Mahmood Associate Professor, Department of Economics and Business Management, University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan
  • Saddam Hussain M. Phil. Scholar of Economics, Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan, Pakistan
  • Muhammad Ashraf M. Phil. Scholar of Economics, Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan, Pakistan



Competitiveness, Cereal Exports, Revealed Comparative Advantage, Revealed Trade Advantage


The present study has measured the cereal export competitiveness of Pakistan in global economy by utilizing different indices of Revealed comparative advantage (RCA): Balassa index (RCA), Vollrath index (RCA#), Revealed symmetric comparative advantage index (RSCA), Revealed import advantage index (RMA), Revealed trade advantage index (RTA) and Net export index (NEI). The data have been obtained from the International Trade Center UN-COMTRADE Statistics for cereal exports of Pakistan from 2003-2018. The findings of the analysis illustrate that Pakistan had a comparative and competitive advantage in the cereal sector. Further, the findings of the RTA index show that Pakistan’s cereal exports had also a net comparative advantage. Based on current findings, Pakistan needs to concentrate on production and exports of cereals. The brand name marketing of Pakistani rice with a special focus on better quality and improved market access can enhance the country’s share of the cereal sector in the global market.


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How to Cite

Maqbool, M. S. ., Mahmood, T. ., Hussain, S. ., & Ashraf, M. . (2020). Analysis of Trade Competitiveness of Pakistan Cereal Products in Global Perspective. Review of Economics and Development Studies, 6(1), 97-106.