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Govt’s quest for FDI: the way forward

Foreign direct investment (FDI) has been crucial in supporting developing economies to participate in global trade by facilitating the flow of capital, talents, and knowledge. The flow of foreign capital…

Replacing hopium with reality: Part – II

Pakistan revises its energy prices on a fortnightly (fuel, LPG and LNG), monthly (power) and biannually (gas) basis. This habit needs to be replaced by an approach that smoothens the…

Hopium – II

Energy pricing fortnightly (fuel, LPG and LNG), monthly (power) and 6 monthly (gas) needs an approach that smoothens the impact and reduces the risk without causing political despair every fortnight,…

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…

SOEs in Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh

State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) are a common feature in the economic landscapes of developing countries such as Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh. The performance of these SOEs has been a topic of…

Reko Diq

In the early 1990s, Pakistan’s biggest gold and copper reserve was discovered at Reko Diq in Chaghai District of Balochistan. Two international world-class mining companies - Barrick Gold Company and…

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,…

This crisis is a moment: Part – II

The austerity measures being considered by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Revival (CCER) could save Rs424 billion by creating a Single Treasury Account, Rs54 billion in six months by a…

SOE conundrum: To be, or not to be…

State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) have become a subject of heated debate in Pakistan, with conflicting opinions on their impact. Detractors argue that SOEs drain national resources through inefficiencies and misappropriation, while…