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The Global Economic Projection for 2023: Is Worst Yet to Come?

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I seem to have forgotten how the world used to look like before 2020, especially in the context of economic sanity. The vagaries of the past three years have left an indelible mark on my expectations. Fundamentals no longer feel reliable to portend any semblance of normality. And expert opinions are blatantly rife with doubt and pessimism. While inflation is receding in the United States, I no longer subscribe to the ‘transitory’ camp. But I also struggle to argue that inflation runs ingrained in the consumer psyche. The central banks appear adamant to reckon with price increases with rapid increments in policy rate. But I barely see any reflection of the tighter monetary policy in the US labor market as the unemployment rate continually trails below 4%

There are external factors, developing scenarios, and unending crises that could well change the direction of my economic outlook – possibly in a matter of weeks. Thus, my own review going in 2023 is admittedly the most mercurial it has been in years. Nonetheless, probabilities have defined my own understanding of chaos since the pandemic upended reality as I perceived it. And therefore, I would rely on the likeliness of future circumstances to shape a vague yet defining projection of the global economy for the year ahead.

The world has been in the doldrums of inflation since the pandemic unraveled the seemingly dependable supply chains globally. As markets snapped shut, restaurants closed and air travel evaporated. Consumers, locked down and away from routine work, shifted consumption from services to manufactured goods. A sudden surge in product demand worldwide further exacerbated the logistic logjams. Shortages amid a cascade of federal-support checks in the United States created a combustible admixture of inflation. Consequently, prices of goods from mattresses to houses skyrocketed – giving a scare to the policymakers at the Federal Reserve. And thus, the rate tightening regime was set into action in March to stem the inflationary spiral before it turned reminiscent of the catastrophe of the late 70s.

A similar story is playing out across the global landscape – except for states like Russia, China, Japan, and Turkey that remain accommodative of their economies – as over 90% of central banks throughout the advanced and developing countries race to match the strides of the Fed. The Federal Reserve has committed to a historic tightening path at par with the pace of the early 80s. Although the Fed slowed its rate hike regimen to 50 basis points last month, rates climbed cumulatively by 425 basis points through December – rising to a prohibitive range between 4.25%-4.5%. The European Central Bank (ECB) has pushed the interest rates up by 200 basis points in 2022, prosecuting one of the most aggressive schedules in the monetary policy history of the European Union (EU). Ms. Christine Lagarde – President of the ECB – stated: “We’re not pivoting. We’re not wavering,” echoing the resolve of “maintaining a restrictive stance of policy for some time,” delineated by Mr. Jerome Powell, Chairman of the US Federal Reserve. However, some economic experts are skeptical of such an aggressive approach against the backdrop of expected developments.

Since the pandemic abated in the United States, conventional consumption patterns have also made a visible return. Restaurants are back on track, air travel has picked pace, and the hotel industry mostly returned to pre-pandemic levels during the holiday season. As a result, the abnormal demand for merchandise has ebbed to a considerable extent. Supply chain issues have almost entirely dissipated, leaving businesses with an inventory glut. On the other hand, inflation has restricted many consumers to essential items while pandemic-support checks are no longer furnishing the buying spree. Hence, many economists (including myself) view more hikes in the policy rate – expected to peak at 5% next year – with increasing skepticism, fearing a brutal recession – not just in the United States but across the globe.

The globally integrated nature of the world economy has always appealed to me as one of the most pivotal elements of modern financial infrastructure. Investment options have multiplied; liquidity risks have diluted via geographical diversification, and regional industries compete on a coterminous stage and standard. However, in uncertain times, this positive trait quickly turns into a nightmare – in particular for the emerging markets of Asia. As the Fed raises interest rates and the geopolitical uncertainties sap confidence in the smaller (and riskier) emerging economies of Asia, there is an investment outflow from the local capital markets. Investors vie to park their funds in safer assets, including US Treasuries and dollar-denominated money market funds. This phenomenon has forced the central banks across the emerging world to raise interest rates to match the US rate of return – further discouraging business investments and stifling regional GDP growth. 

A historically high number of Asian emerging economies – including Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh – have already been locked out of the global capital markets as seasoned institutional and commercial investors are jittery due to the prospect of an impending global recession. Moreover, as rates continue to rally higher in the United States, the value of the US dollar climbs further against other currencies. Over the past 12 months, the greenback touched a multi-decade high against the currencies of major trading partners. Even resilient economies like Japan and India had to delve into their dollar reserves to stabilize their respective currencies against the US dollar. However, some countries have faced massive drubbing of currency deterioration due to a paucity of dollar reserves and high international commodity prices.

Since most of the emerging market debt has a standard of settlement in US dollars, the bustling value of the greenback is also adding weight to the debt servicing costs of the highly indebted nations of Asia and Africa. The travails of ballooning debt payments and a growing import bill have pushed scores of economies on the brink of collapse. Despite the storied plan of debt overhaul under the Group of 20 (G20) Common Framework (DSSI), Sri Lanka and Ghana have already defaulted in 2022. Ethiopia and Zambia are dragging through a comprehensive debt restructuring cycle, while Pakistan and Bangladesh are holding onto hopes from multilateral lenders – chiefly the International Monetary Fund (IMF) – to sustain their respective economies amidst escalating political infighting.

Recession risks have transfixed Europe as the Russian war ceases to fold. The oil price cap enacted by the Group of Seven (G7) coalition last month has created further uncertainty over the supply of Russian energy to Europe. While the EU countries have impressively weaned off Russian oil, the gas supply remains a decisive factor in this constant politico-economic struggle between the West and Russia. President Vladimir Putin recently passed a decree baring energy exports to countries facilitating the price control mechanism. And while LNG supplies from the United States and Qatar have mostly hedged the severity of the energy crisis in Europe, a complete shutdown in the flow of Russian gas could imperil the energy security of Europe later this year. According to a report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) – a Paris-based autonomous intergovernmental organization analyzing the global energy sector – Europe could face a destabilizing natural gas shortage in 2023 if Russia cuts off all gas exports to the region. While reserve capacity would probably ride Europe through the biting cold of this winter, the rest of the year could prove challenging apropos of rationing and restrictions on energy-intensive industries – adding fuel to the recession woes.

What’s more worrisome is the fact that the global economy is in for a big surprise in 2023 – the reopening of the Chinese economy. China unprecedentedly lifted its ‘zero-Covid’ policy after protests sparked dissent against stringent state-imposed quarantine restrictions. China is gradually loosening its curbs on human and resource mobility. And it could have a conspicuous impact on energy prices as the world’s second-largest economy picks up the pace and drags energy demand. Ms. Diane Swonk – Chief Economist at KPMG – recently alarmed: “One of the reasons energy prices are [lower] is because China is unusually weak.” Thus, while China grapples with a mounting caseload of infections and shipping estimates remain lukewarm, economic experts and analysts expect a sharp recovery in consumption and investment in China’s economy from the mid-2023 onwards – though not to the pre-pandemic levels.

Many economic experts augur a normalization in inflationary pressures by the third quarter (Q3) of 2023; a reversal in policy stance toward rate cuts is unlikely until sometime later next year. The US labor market continues to paint a very tight picture while the year-on-year inflation is still running more than three times the official Fed target of 2%. Hence, while the rate increases feed into the system and moderate prices over the forthcoming months, the long-term outlook remains spectacularly blurry. With a raging war in Europe, a brewing blend of currency and debt crises in the Afro-Asian emerging economies, and the messy renaissance of Chinese markets – a concrete prediction is impossible to mark out. What’s certain, however, is that most of the world will feel recessionary headwinds in 2023. The IMF has warned of an even gloomier’ global economic outlook than its grim October projection of global growth in 2023 relegating to 2.7%. Ultimately, with the exception of the global financial crisis and the pandemic, this year (by all counts and projections) could be the worst witnessed by the world economy since 2001.

The author is a political and economic analyst. He focuses on geopolitical policymaking and international affairs. Syed has written extensively on fintech economy, foreign policy, and economic decision making of the Indo-Pacific and Asian region.

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Impact of Multinational companies on Pakistan

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Multinational companies (MNCs) have had a significant impact on Pakistan’s economy since the country’s liberalization and opening up to foreign investment in the 1990s. Overall, the impact of MNCs on Pakistan can be seen as mixed, with both positive and negative effects on the economy and society.

Multinational companies (MNCs) are firms that operate in multiple countries, including Pakistan, and are usually headquartered in developed countries. They have the capability to invest large amounts of capital, technology, and expertise, which can significantly impact the host country’s economy. MNCs, bring foreign direct investment (FDI) to Pakistan, which is essential for economic growth.

The presence of MNCs in Pakistan has had a positive impact on the economy in various ways. They have contributed to the development of infrastructure, which has helped to improve the country’s business environment. MNCs have also helped to increase exports, which has led to an increase in foreign exchange reserves. Additionally, they have introduced modern technologies and practices, which have enhanced productivity and efficiency in the local industries.

One of the significant impacts of MNCs on the Pakistani economy is their contribution to employment generation. MNCs have created jobs for the local population, which has helped to reduce unemployment and poverty. According to the State Bank of Pakistan, the number of people employed in the manufacturing sector, where most MNCs operate, has increased by 2.8% in the fiscal year 2020-21. This growth can be attributed to the expansion of MNCs in the country.

The presence of MNCs in Pakistan has also led to the transfer of skills and knowledge to the local workforce. MNCs employ highly skilled professionals who share their knowledge and expertise with local employees. This transfer of skills and knowledge helps to enhance the human capital of the country, which is essential for economic growth.

Furthermore, MNCs have a significant impact on the tax revenue of Pakistan. MNCs pay corporate taxes, which contribute to the government’s revenue. According to the Federal Board of Revenue, the contribution of MNCs to the country’s tax revenue has increased by 19.9% in the fiscal year 2020-21. This increased tax revenue can be attributed to the expansion of MNCs in the country.

 MNCs have negative impacts on the environment and may exploit natural resources. The entry of MNCs into the Pakistani market has increased competition for local firms, making it difficult for them to compete with well-established global brands

MNCs have been accused of exploiting labor and natural resources in Pakistan. There have been reports of low wages, poor working conditions, and environmental damage associated with MNC operations in the country.

The current situation of multinational companies (MNCs) in Pakistan is mixed. On one hand, Pakistan has been successful in attracting foreign investment in recent years, with MNCs investing in various sectors of the economy such as telecommunications, energy, and infrastructure. On the other hand, Pakistan still faces a number of challenges that can impact the operations and growth of MNCs.

One of the major challenges faced by MNCs in Pakistan is the weak and uncertain regulatory environment. The country’s legal and regulatory framework is often viewed as complex and difficult to navigate, which can make it difficult for MNCs to operate and make long-term investments. In addition, corruption and lack of transparency in the regulatory environment can increase the cost of doing business and reduce investor confidence.

Another challenge is the inadequate infrastructure in Pakistan, which can make it difficult for MNCs to operate efficiently.

Furthermore, Pakistan has faced security challenges that can impact the operations and growth of MNCs. Terrorism, political instability, and sectarian violence can increase the risk of doing business in the country and deter foreign investment.

Despite these challenges, there are opportunities for MNCs in Pakistan, particularly in sectors such as agriculture, healthcare, and tourism. The country has a large and growing population, a strategic location, and abundant natural resources, which can make it an attractive destination for foreign investment.

The impact of multinational companies (MNCs) on the thinking of people in Pakistan can be both positive and negative, depending on various factors such as the nature of the company’s operations, its business practices, and the local cultural and social context.

On the positive side, MNCs can bring new ideas and practices to Pakistan and can help to expose people to different ways of thinking and doing business. They can also bring job opportunities and skills development to local communities, which can have a positive impact on the local economy and people’s quality of life.

Moreover, MNCs can help to promote cultural exchange and understanding between Pakistan and other countries. For instance, MNCs may bring in employees from different parts of the world, exposing local employees to different cultures and perspectives. This can lead to increased tolerance and diversity in society.

On the negative side, MNCs may lead to negative consequences for local communities and the environment. MNCs may contribute to the marginalization of local businesses and industries, leading to the loss of local cultural and economic practices. This can have a negative impact on people’s sense of identity and belonging.

The impact of MNCs on the thinking of people in Pakistan is complex and multifaceted. While they can bring new ideas and opportunities, they can also have negative consequences for local culture and values. It is important for MNCs to be aware of these potential impacts and to operate in a socially responsible and culturally sensitive manner, in order to promote positive outcomes for both the company and the local community.

In conclusion, the current situation of MNCs in Pakistan is mixed. While there are challenges such as a weak regulatory environment, inadequate infrastructure, and security concerns, there are also opportunities for foreign investment in various sectors of the economy. It is important for Pakistan to continue to address these challenges and create a more investor-friendly environment to attract further foreign investment and promote economic growth.

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How Saudiconomy, is an economic-transformational miracle?

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Saudi Cabinet session. image Source: Saudi Press Agency

What is happening in the Global economy? The outlook seems entirely iffy, in the state of flux and bewildered with negative outlooks. The answer is, “Disturbance”. If we analyze the global-environment with respect to economy, we find it clouded with discussions pertaining to hawkish vs. dovish trends of central-banks, rising inflation, hyper-inflation, tanking GDP growth, Russian-Ukraine conflict, energy-crises, broken supply-chains, unemployment, recession-fears, supply-shocks, lower demands, inverted yield-curves, liquidity crises, banking debacles and many other ensuing economic-ramifications etc. all have become talk of corridors and towns.

In my opinion, the global economy seems in shambles, extrapolated perceptions assumed by analysts out of Jackson Hole meetings and other developed-countries’ central-banks are creating disturbances in financial-markets. Simply, the world is devoid of any solid vision, which could steer it towards betterment and prosperity. Major financial newspapers are dreading with inflation impacts. Ask any banker across the globe about his or her medium-term economic-outlook & you’ll get an ugly picture painted.

Welcome to Saudi Arabia, the year 2022 the country surpassed a mark of a trillion-dollar economy according to both IMF and Oxford Economics coupled with GDP which grew at 8.7% in 2022. The annual CPI in Saudi Arabia  increased by 2.5% and inflation averaged at 2.47% in 2022 which is “absolutely nothing” against double-digits’ inflation worldwide.

So paradoxically asking, what is happening in Saudi Economy? The answer is, “Growth”. If we analyze Saudi economic ecosystem, we find it filled with positive economic-vibes where the discussion is all about hike in industrial-production, foreign-investment-inflows especially huge industrial-investments, mining-investments which aim to unleash the potential of natural-resources, infrastructure-investments, giga-projects, achievement of economic & financial targets on time, flourishing private-sector, multiplying Non-Oil GDP etc.

Taking global-view, H1+H2 of 2022 were clouded with immense geo-political tensions, with ultimate economic-ramifications. But KSA has remained insulated of all global economic-vagaries, which attests the resilience & robustness of Saudi economic framework which is strengthened by Saudi leadership. The fiscal-year 2022 attracted significant foreign capital-inflows, which proves that Saudi Arabia has successfully positioned itself as a desired-destination of global financial-capital amid the ongoing global-turbulence. Saudi Arabia has successfully averted economic-effects of current geo-political turmoil, in terms of utilities, food-security and inflation-containment etc.

The question arises, how did KSA achieve this economic excellence & resilience in really a short time-span? The answer is, a Vision is being implemented and realized by Saudi leadership with sheer commitment and enabled by Saudi youth. This trifecta is indeed a global successful case-study of how major economic-transformations can happen in a short-period of time.

Delving into more details, the fundamental reason is, in 2016 Saudi Arabia had devised a brilliant Vision 2030 under the leadership of H.R.H King Salman and this was a road-map drawn by H.R.H Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman, as a forward strategic-economic framework. Under this brilliant vision, uniquely-crafted “Vision Realization Programs” (VRP) were designed, each tasked with a particular niche to smoothen the regulatory-processes, incentivize deployment of local-resources and ultimately attract private-sector & foreign-investments. All these VRPs are showing satisfactory-progress and many of these VRPs have over-achieved brilliantly.

Another driver of this economic-success is a significant-emphasis on optimizing potential of “Non-Oil GDP”. It is the Non-Oil GDP, which ultimately provided an impetus and incentivized Saudi Private-sector to act proactively. The fuel for sky-rocketing “Non-Oil GDP” is actually the giant private-sector of KSA, whose potential is being unleashed by Saudi government via launching a partnership-program namely “Shareek” which aims to intensify the potential of SAR 5 trillion of domestic private sector investments by 2030. The aim is to maximize the private-sector contribution up to 65% in Saudi GDP by 2030.

One of the attributable reasons of this economic-miracle of Saudi Arabia has been a constant emphasis on Higher Education & Research. For instance, scholarship programs for Saudi students proved to be a stellar success. Today we see countless highly-qualified Saudis, possessing valuable global-experience are now steering many organizations in both the public and private sector of country. Their competence coupled with determination, passion & loyalty for their leadership and the country paved the way for Saudi Arabia to result such an economic-success. Nature Index which tracks scientific & intellectual contributions globally has ranked Saudi Arabia, 1st in Arab World & 30th globally in 2022, which manifests emergence of high quality scientific-output by Higher education ecosystem.

Saudi Arabia was one of the countries, which made headlines across global-media due to smart Covid-management, leaving behind many developed economies. For instance, King Abdullah Port has bragged the 1st-position leaving behind 370 global-ports in a globally-renowned index, Container Port Performance Index – 2021 by World Bank and S&P Market Intelligence, which analyzed performances of 370 ports in post-Covid broken supply-chain scenario. Similarly, Jeddah Islamic port and King Abdul Aziz port have bragged 8th and 14th position respectively.

Saudi Arabia’s Sovereign Wealth Fund, Public Investment Fund has emerged as one of the smartest-SWF leaving behind many decades-old SWFs with stellar investments. The PIF     (AuM = 620 USD billion) with its in-built strong potential has taken lead in investing locally in Saudi Arabia. In any country, a monetary-system always carries immense importance in proper functioning of an economy & solidifies its robustness. This important task is being carried out diligently by Saudi Central Bank, SAMA, which is brilliantly regulating Saudi financial-sector.

Saudi Arabia is taking a lead in developing state-of-the-art infrastructure. Each of the giga-project is adding gross-value of billions of SAR directly to economy and is providing thousands of jobs. I call them; “Super-infrastructure” because they are being developed with a super-vision, led by super-teams, giving super-results and yield a super-future. Recently Knight Frank which is a top-notch and a century-old UK-based real-estate consultancy firm has evaluated the 15 giga-projects up to 1.1 trillion dollars.

Indeed, Saudi success story of economic-transformation and diversification embodies sheer brilliance, commitment and determination, which has manifested wonders in less than a decade as appreciated by the Managing Director of IMF in the recent WEF sessions, in these words, “They (Saudis) are using the increase in revenue very effectively to create the investment environment for future growth for diversifying the economy,”

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Economic Strangulation Policies to Impact Kashmir Socio-Economic Dynamics

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For decades, India has implemented coercive economic policies in the estwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, a region that has been the subject of a longstanding dispute between India and Pakistan since their partition in 1947. Despite ongoing efforts to suppress the aspirations of the Kashmiri people, including economic deprivation, one of the most significant examples of India’s economic coercion in the region has been the imposition of an economic blockade.

In 2019, the Indian government further intensified its efforts by revoking the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, which had granted the region autonomy to determine its economic policies. This move was accompanied by a curfew and communication blackout that effectively isolated the region from the outside world, further exacerbating the economic hardship faced by the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

The blockade has had a devastating impact on the economy of IIOJK. The region’s tourism industry, which was a major source of revenue, has been decimated. The Indian government has also seized control of the region’s industries, including its mineral and agricultural resources. The region’s apples, for example, are a major source of revenue, but Indian authorities have blocked their export to the rest of the country, causing huge losses to the farmers.

India has also used other economic measures to exert control over the region. For example, the Indian government has placed restrictions on the movement of goods and people across the Line of Control (LoC) that divides the region between India and Pakistan. This has made it difficult for businesses to import and export goods, as well as for people to visit their families and friends on the other side of the LoC.

In addition, the Indian government has used financial measures to suppress dissent in the region. Indian authorities have frozen the bank accounts of individuals suspected of involvement in anti-India activities. This has made it difficult for these individuals to access their own funds, as well as for others to conduct transactions with them.

India has also used its control over the region’s financial institutions to exert pressure on the Kashmiri people. For example, Indian authorities have pressured banks in the region to refuse loans to individuals suspected of anti-India activities. This has made it difficult for these individuals to start businesses or invest in their communities.

The application of economic strangulation policies in IIOJK is expected to have a substantial impact on the socio-economic dynamics of the region. These policies are aimed at restraining economic activity and growth, and they are likely to result in various harmful consequences for the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

The primary effect of these policies will be an increase in poverty and unemployment rates. As businesses struggle to function and create employment in an environment of economic uncertainty, a considerable number of people will find themselves out of work and grappling to make ends meet. This is likely to intensify the existing social and economic disparities in the region.

Another probable outcome of the economic strangulation policies is a decline in the living standards of the people. As economic activity slows down, prices of essential goods and services are likely to surge, making it difficult for individuals to obtain the basic necessities of life. This could potentially result in a surge in social unrest and political instability in the area.

Additionally, the economic strangulation policies may lead to a decrease in the overall standard of healthcare and education. As the government diverts resources away from these sectors to impose economic sanctions, hospitals and schools are likely to face reductions in funding and staffing, thereby leading to a deterioration in the quality of these essential public services.

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So far, the impact of India’s economic coercion on the people of IIOJK has been devastating. The region’s poverty rate is estimated to be around 30%, and unemployment is rampant. The lack of economic opportunities has led many young people to join freedom fighters, which have been fighting for Kashmiri independence from India for decades.

India’s economic coercion has also had a profound impact on the mental health of the Kashmiri people. The curfew and communications blackout imposed by India in 2019, for example, left many people feeling isolated and helpless. The lack of economic opportunities has also led to high levels of stress and anxiety among the region’s youth.

The international community has condemned India’s coercive policies in IIOJK but is not willing to pressurize India over human rights violations. The United Nations has called for a peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute, and has urged India to respect the human rights of the Kashmiri people. The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has also expressed its concern over the situation in the region.

Pakistan has been vocal in its condemnation of India’s actions. The Pakistani government has called on the international community to intervene in the dispute, and has urged India to withdraw its military forces from the region.

One of the recent policies of economic strangulation in IIOJK by India is the implementation of new land laws in the region. In October 2020, the Indian government issued new land laws that allow non-residents to purchase land in the region. This decision has been met with widespread condemnation from Kashmiri political leaders, who argue that it will lead to demographic change and the loss of control over their land.

Kashmiri leaders from mainstream political parties have also rejected the decision of the Indian government to levy taxes in the region without representation. The slogan “No taxation without representation” has been used by these leaders to argue that the Indian government has no right to impose taxes on the people of the region without their consent.

The argument put forth by these leaders is that the Indian government has violated the basic principle of democracy, which is that the people have the right to elect their own representatives who can make decisions on their behalf. By imposing taxes without representation, the Indian government has effectively denied the people of IIOJK their democratic rights.

The Kashmiri political leaders have also argued that the Indian government’s decision to levy taxes without representation is a violation of international law. The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which India is a signatory to, guarantees the right of all peoples to self-determination. The Kashmiri leaders argue that by imposing taxes without representation, the Indian government is denying the people of IIOJK their right to self-determination.

The Kashmiri leaders have also pointed out that the Indian government’s decision to impose taxes on the region without representation is a continuation of its policy of economic strangulation in IIOJK. They argue that the Indian government’s actions are designed to suppress the aspirations of the Kashmiri people and to maintain its control over the region.

Overall, the impact of the economic strangulation policies in IIOJK is likely to be extensive and severe, affecting not only the economic but also the social and political structure of the region. The people of Jammu and Kashmir are likely to face various challenges in the upcoming years as they strive to adjust to this new reality, highlighting the need for the international community to closely monitor the situation and take action to support those affected.

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