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Business strategy in downtimes

Business environment has been uncertain and unsure. That was to be. Any country before the elections is naturally tentative. Any industry before the new government is elected is careful and…

Clear message of no more business as usual—I

Change is taking place slowly and subtly. Recent Cabinet Committee on Economic Reforms’ (CCER’s) deliberations on Sept 25, 2023 highlight increasing interdependency, thereby necessitating a Planning Commission on the lines…

No more business as usual—II

Known solutions to our problems start with merit-based governance and justice system adhering to our Constitution. Structural changes need to be made to existing layers of governance of local governments,…

The quagmire of local-law domestic debt restructuring

With collaboration from an investment professional. As is widely understood, Pakistan is facing the dual dilemma of foreign debt servicing that has placed her foreign exchange reserves under significant pressure,…

Governance for local government: Part – IV

The rules of business have to be changed accordingly. It would be imperative that the chief executive officers of metropolitan corporations and large district councils are appointed from among Grade…

Stern business of funny money

In the mid-1990s the Soviet Union had collapsed and my friend Tariq Usman Haider was appointed as the envoy to Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan. I took the opportunity to…

Governance for local governments: Part – I

This article is divided into three parts. The first part deals with ‘why local government?’ The second with experiences during the 2001-2009 period and finally in the third part it…

Textile sector: sustainable business practices

One of the most important industrial sectors, the textiles industry contributes significantly to national economies, job creation, and exports in developing nations such as Pakistan. The size of the global…

All business as usual at the HEC

The HEC has been in turmoil since its last chairman proved himself non-pliant to the whims and wishes of the chairman of a task force in the PM Office (PMO)…

Big businesses must rise to the occasion

Pakistan has two primary and permanent bases of power, no matter which political party may control the reigns. Power of one institution is well-established in both public and private imagination,…