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The Data-collection Challenge

The data-collection challenge

The draft bill to make the Federal Bureau of Statistics (FBS) an independent body, scheduled to be presented in the next parliamentary session assumes great importance. The bill uses grant…

Data-driven progress

To drive economic and tax growth in Pakistan, emphasis should be placed on utilizing data-driven techniques to a significant extent. The country has invested in data collection and analysis to…

New data, old insights

There was a time when systematically collected data about schoolchildren’s learning levels was scarce, spottily collected, and hard to obtain. ‘Reforms’ were the brainchildren of politicians or senior bureaucrats in…

Data-driven developmentDr Murtaza Khuhro

The Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) stands as the principal government agency responsible for collecting and disseminating statistical data across various economic, social, and demographic dimensions within Pakistan. Given its…

FBR: Dwindling tax collection

Pakistan has one of the world’s lowest tax ratios, stemming from five main weaknesses: complexity, a narrow tax base, low compliance, inefficient tax administration, and low and declining provincial tax…

Real time access to info and data base

The nature of documentation of Pakistan’s economic environment can be classified into three broad segments as under: 1. Transactions undertaken by the documented sector which are also reflected in ‘tax…

FBR: Dwindling tax collection Jan 06, 2023

Pakistan has one of the world’s lowest tax ratios, stemming from five main weaknesses: complexity, a narrow tax base, low compliance, inefficient tax administration, and low and declining provincial tax…

Data services: Economy needs streamlining

No national policy can be comprehensive and durable unless backed by robust data derived from reliable sources and made available in a timely manner to policy managers. It may be…

Data obfuscation

Macro-economic data released by the Ministry of Finance, particularly with reference to the fiscal deficit and total debt (external), as well as the integrity of the data released by the…