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SIFC: where vision meets action

The unveiling of SIFC (Special Investment Facilitation Council) marks the Government of Pakistan’s comprehensive ‘Economic Revival Plan’ in response to the economic challenges faced by the country. The SIFC was…

IMF programme will test SIFC

Two is a trend, they say, and twice in two weeks now the market has shrugged off concerns of international rating agencies – about a weak coalition government’s ability to…

Road to SIFC

As Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s government takes charge amid the worst economic downturn in Pakistan’s history, the future of an investment-starved country remains the biggest challenge for the foreseeable future.…

The true test of the SIFC

The logic for a public-sector vehicle that does what the Special Investment Facilitation Council (SIFC) is supposed to do is solid. Pakistan’s governance system doesn’t work for anyone, even the…

SIFC making waves?

Special Facilitation Investment Committee (SIFC) was established by the Shehbaz Sharif-led government on 17 June 2023, and has since come under considerable criticism - by Shahbaz Sharif haters who maintain…

SIFC and Pakistan’s future

Pakistan’s economy has witnessed several challenges in the past few years. The country was on the verge of default up until a few months back. Some quarters blame the PDM’s…

The SIFC wild card

Since Pakistan’s economy is in deep trouble, the government has taken various steps to help improve it. But so far, most measures have proved to be a total waste except…

Cutting through the red tape

At this critical juncture in Pakistan’s history, an assessment of the economic fundamentals and the surrounding socio-political elements is required to illuminate a plan of financial recovery against a backdrop…

Why not Pakistan?

Recently I was asked to give a briefing on the Gandhara Corridor in a high level meeting of the Special Investment Facilitation Council (SIFC), attended by federal ministers and the…