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High on CPI but not completely clean

Deadly drugs are produced clandestinely in many parts of the world because they are in great demand in the rich countries. Similarly, corruption is thriving unabated universally including in developing…

CPI And The Policy Rate

CPI and the policy rate

The base of an index plays a critical role in its measurement. The longer a base is retained, the more distant it becomes from the start. This is all the…

Symbolism Of The CPI Score

Symbolism of the CPI score

Berlin-based Transparency International (TI) launched its annual Corruption Perception Index 2015 on January 27. The index ranks countries on the basis of perceptions regarding incidence of corruption in the public…

Did SBP and IMF get inflation wrong?

Following the recent approval by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Executive Board to release the final tranche of SDR828 million (approximately $1.1 billion) under the standby agreement for Pakistan, Deputy…

Labour Day thoughts

Do you think the country’s labour class, especially daily wagers, spent the Labour Day holiday celebrating and commemorating their “struggles for fair wages and better working conditions”? That is, after…

Inflation: what the govt is doing wrong?

Inflation for the current year, so projected the then finance minister Ishaq Dar in his 9 June 2023 budget speech, would be 21 percent for 2023-24 – revised upward to…

Breaking the chain of corruption: Part – II

The late prime minister of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew, largely eliminated corruption from Singapore and thereby transformed it from a third-world to a first-world country. The following are some Yew…