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The quest for a rule-based economy

During Eid holidays a simple graph was viral which depicted the secular decline in Pakistan’s economic growth since the 1990s relative to India, on...

15.04.2024 100

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Exiting the economic quagmire: a call to action

Pakistan finds itself ensnared in a period of stagnant growth. If the World Bank’s projection of GDP growth for the next two years is correct, the...

08.04.2024 30

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Quarterly GDP: no light at the end of this tunnel

The latest GDP numbers are proving that the economy cannot be decoupled from politics. Ever since political impasse began in 2022, the GDP growth has...

01.04.2024 30

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‘Q-Block’ needs to reinvent itself?

Pakistan’s economy has entered the stabilisation phase after going through an extremely turbulent period. However, it is too early to think about...

25.03.2024 20

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Re-aligning NFC: coalition govt faces a challenge from within

Reportedly, the IMF (International Monetary Fund) has requested resumption of dialogue on the National Finance Commission (NFC) award to address the...

18.03.2024 60

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Egypt: not a good model to emulate

Increasingly, the hope of economic recovery in Pakistan is becoming hinged on the government influenced investment by Middle Eastern countries; and...

11.03.2024 20

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Balancing policies for private sector growth

In the medium term, addressing Pakistan’s balance of payment problem requires a policy framework centered on facilitating private sector investment,...

04.03.2024 6

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G-to-G privatisation: no cakewalk

One key sales pitch that the powers that be are making on taking the Pakistan’s economy from the perpetual balance of payment crisis is seeking...

26.02.2024 40

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Hike in gas tariffs: an analysis

As their parting gift, before they left, Caretakers have increased gas prices again to comply with the IMF (International Monetary Fund)....

19.02.2024 30

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Navigating through political turmoil, uncertainty

The public at large has spoken, as independents backed by Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) have emerged as the largest political group in...

12.02.2024 20

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PBS needs a makeover

Policymaking at all levels of government requires precise, timely and accurate statistics to achieve various targets such as growth rates, government...

05.02.2024 10

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Next govt faces an economic tightrope

As the general elections are just around the corner, the economic battleground takes center stage with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) at the...

29.01.2024 30

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A low growth trap: assessing challenges

Over the past two years, the Pakistani economy has weathered a highly turbulent period. Inflation reached unprecedented levels, marking a historical...

15.01.2024 40

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Aviation: the rot deepens

PIA’s financial and operational demise is a known fact, and enough is being discussed in media on its privatization and other matters. However, not...

08.01.2024 10

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Economy: rent-seeking through revolving doors

In Pakistan, the risk reward mechanism on investment is lopsided, and that is one of the reasons for the low productivity and lack of ingenuity in...

01.01.2024 40

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Power sector: there’re solutions aplenty but...

The power sector woes are not resolving despite successive and massive increases in the consumer tariffs – especially for industrial, commercial,...

25.12.2023 40

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Fertilizer: a subsidy for dealers?

For a very long time, the government has been supplying gas at a subsidized rate to fertilizer companies (mainly to urea manufacturing plants where...

18.12.2023 10

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PSX rally: don’t read too much into ‘tezi’

The stock market is booming. The KSE100 index posted a return of 60 percent this fiscal year to date, and the rally has surprised many. The PSX is...

11.12.2023 10

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Discos: the tug-of-war is anything but respectable

The power sector circular debt is growing unabated despite successive increases in power tariffs and much-hyped theft reduction campaign by the power...

04.12.2023 40

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Economy on its knees

The initial euphoria of tens of billions of dollars investment by friendly countries is slowly fading away. The anxiety amongst the business community...

27.11.2023 40

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Country’s higher education needs a revolution

If Pakistan must pick one revolution, that must be in education, which will ultimately lay the foundations for IT and green revolutions. The gap in...

20.11.2023 90

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The slowdown in real economy

Over the past month, it seems that the feel-good factor has returned. The stock market is in a bullish run and the currency is relatively stable. ...

13.11.2023 30

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Next IMF programme is not going to be easy

The IMF review is ongoing, and it’s likely to sail through, as all the quantitative targets have been met. The potential issue could be the...

06.11.2023 40

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No more gas circular debt buildup?

Gas price rationalization is a big reform undertaken by the caretaker government in view of the fact that in the past successive political governments...

30.10.2023 20

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Economy: performance of govts since Gen Musharraf’s bloodless coup

Lately, economic performance under various regimes based on certain indicators is the current focus of debate in the community of analysts. However,...

23.10.2023 40

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Gas sector reform: beyond pricing

Finally, pricing reform in the gas sector is in sight. The summary has been moved, and prices are likely to increase soon (before the IMF review). The...

16.10.2023 30

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Real reforms in sight?

The initial signs of real reforms are in sight. This includes crackdown on smuggling of goods and currencies through Afghanistan and Iran borders and...

09.10.2023 30

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Taming inflation: pushing the boulder uphill

According to a recent survey, inflation and poverty are the biggest issues in Pakistan. No one could have any doubts about the findings. The question...

02.10.2023 30

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Worst is yet to come

Inflation and purchasing power erosion pinch is now reflected in volumetric sales’ reduction in products and sectors where double digit growth used...

25.09.2023 50

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Administrative crackdown: will it work?

The State’s crackdown against the smugglers and illegal currency traders has met with initial success. The fear factor is already paying dividends...

18.09.2023 30

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The energy quagmire

When something sounds too good to be true, it usually is. ‘Increase electricity consumption to lower the electricity bills,’ is one in a long line...

11.09.2023 50

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