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Country perception and FDI

Country Perception and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) are closely interrelated. An investor when deciding to commit an investment in a country primarily takes into consideration two factors, notably: (1) the…

A game of perceptions

EACH time a product is launched by a company, the latter’s communication strategy is critical to ensuring the product’s success. It is this strategy that helps the product become a…

Correcting perceptions about MSCI downgrade

Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) index was downgraded from Emerging Market to Frontier Market recently by MSCI (Morgan Stanley Capital International). Some people are linking this subject to the state of…

Changing perceptions and altered realities

Through which lens should Pakistan be looking at the world? At this juncture in our history, foreign policy, diplomatic relations and our ability to put forward our own viewpoint, as…

China, Japan and the RCEP – Part II

While the countries of the Far East and South East Asia have signed the RCEP, where does Pakistan stand? According to the IMF’s estimates, Nepal and Pakistan will be among…

China, Japan and the RCEP: Part – I

On November 15, 2020, China and Japan led 15 countries to sign the largest trade pact in the world called the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). Though it just has…

Perception vs reality

Pakistan’s political landscape is like a fairy-tale world where what one sees is not the reality, and what is real is not visible as the reality is hidden under layers…

Security perceptions and development

Often, insecure, authoritarian regimes play up the negative news and graphically broadcast them. Curbs on alternative views tend to accentuate this phenomenon of panic and general uncertainty. In many wars,…

Security perceptions and development

As an umbrella term, national 'security' encompasses many dimensions so it is in need of being perceived in correct perspective and proportion. A common prevailing assumption is that security leads…