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Foreign investment inflows

The two-day visit of the high-powered Saudi delegation last week focused on identifying possible areas of investment that are likely to be translated into binding contracts during the expected and…

In sickness and in debt: right to health

Muhammad Boota, a domestic worker in Lahore, requires an insulin injection every 10 days to help manage his diabetes. But just one of these injections costs about one-third of his…

Foreign aid is no panacea

EVERY year brings forth a plethora of books on various topics. As far as economics is concerned, one of the interesting releases of 2023 was Didac Queralt’s Pawned States. Analysing…

Reliance on foreign loans

Economic Affairs Division in its foreign economic assistance (FEA) data disclosed a 58 percent rise in foreign loan inflows in the first quarter (July-September) of the current fiscal year compared…

Private savings, govt dissaving: debt

Savings by an individual/householder or a government have different objectives and constraints and while a healthy savings account maybe a desired goal for a householder yet it is not always…

Heavy indebtedness & power sector crisis

In terms of new commitments, the Government of Pakistan signed new agreements, worth USD 7,228 million, during the period under review. These commitments comprised financing agreements signed with foreign commercial…