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Transforming China’s foreign trade

Since the 18th CPC National Congress, under the strong leadership of the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at its core, China has expedited the building of a new…

A revisit of trade components critical

Exports fuel domestic productivity and therefore employment and at the same time constitute the most desired form of earning foreign exchange. Pakistan’s exports are consumer based and traditional – rice,…

How to reform trade

Pakistan’s economy faces a pivotal juncture, marked by the imperative need to reassess its import tariff structure. Recent trade data underscores the urgency for policy reforms to stimulate economic growth,…

The untamed frontier of foreign exchange

A stable and predictable forex market is a beacon for foreign investors. Their confidence fuels economic growth, creates jobs, and bolsters a nation’s financial strength. Foreign exchange reserves act as…

Illicit trade damaging country’s economy

Smugglers employ a range of routes and tactics to engage in the illicit trade of goods in and out of Pakistan. These methods encompass land routes through the rugged mountainous…

Trade conundrum: who is at fault?

The July 2023 trade data indicates an improvement in the trade deficit – from negative 1.863 billion dollars to negative 1.607 billion dollars, a positive trend that was touted by…

Improving foreign investment climate

‘After a steep drop in 2020 and a strong rebound in 2021, global foreign direct investment (FDI) declined by 12 per cent in 2022, to $1.3 trillion. The slowdown was…

Criticality of foreign investment

Apparently, foreign investors are finding it difficult to maintain sustainability of their businesses in Pakistan. Recently, Shell Pakistan announced that the parent company Shell Petroleum Company would be exiting Pakistan…

Trade beyond barriers

US-China relations have soured over the past few years mostly due to the accusatory tone adopted by successive US presidents. Previously it was Donald Trump and now Joe Biden has…