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Pakistan’s exports in the doldrums

Subsidies such as those relating to power tariffs have been the lifelines of our export industry, notably the textile sector. Both of these lifelines are now more or less cut…

Reviving Pakistan’s Exports

Reviving Pakistan’s exports

The country’s declining export receipts over the past few years has been in the public spotlight. However, as I have pointed out in a number of opinion pieces in this…

Pakistan’s Failing Exports

Pakistan’s failing exports

Pakistan’s exports have floundered in the past year and a half. After an increase of nearly 3pc in 2013-14, the US dollar value of exports declined by 5pc in 2014-15.…

KSA and Pakistan: transforming ties

Pakistan and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) appear to have finally decided to put their so-called fraternal relations on a path that is expected to lead the two developing nations…

Pakistan on the IMF doorstep again

With Pakistan embroiled in an acute burden of debt, to the extent that 70 percent of its revenue is diverted to pay off debt, there is no way but the…

Pakistan’s carbon trade test

The European Union’s Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) is poised to reshape its international trade dynamics by introducing a carbon price on imports of specific goods. This measure is designed…

The way forward for Pakistan

“Rather than going cap-in-hand asking for new finance, the new government and its backers in the establishment and business would need to design first their own plans worth investing in,…

Why do reforms elude Pakistan?

At the start of every political cycle, the new government is confronted with the choice between letting the economy move on the beaten track and introducing some fundamental changes to…

What should Pakistan do? ( Part – III )

Yet another finance minister walks into Q Block, facing the challenge of finalizing an IMF bailout package as his priority. When power was handed over to Benazir Bhutto after the…