Cryptocurrency investments have skyrocketed during the pandemic, with total market capitalization crossing the $2 trillion mark in recent weeks. This trend has been even more pronounced in Pakistan, which has been ranked third in terms of adoption, according to the 2021 Global Crypto Adoption Index published by Chainanalysis. Some estimates suggest that there more people are now invested in cryptoassets than in the Pakistan Stock Exchange.

Policymakers are also taking notice, with the country’s central bank governor recently stating that his institution was looking into a central bank digital currency and its potential for “bringing transactions happening off the books into a regulatory framework.”

The Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center, as part of the Pakistan Initiative, is convening a virtual public panel discussion to talk about the transformative potential of this technology for Pakistan.

This event will take place virtually on December 13, 2021 at 9:30AM Eastern Time via Zoom.


Ali Farid Khwaja 

Chairman, KASB Securities

Omer Suleman

Founder, Westridge Markets

Salahuddin Khawaja

CEO, Decklaration

Moderated by

The South Asia Center (SAC) is the hub for the Atlantic Council’s analysis of the political, social, geographical, and cultural diversity of the region. ​

At the intersection of South Asia and its geopolitics, SAC cultivates dialogue to shape policy and forge ties between the region and the global community.