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Power centres

Challenges: Pakistan is up against a whole host of formidable challenges. The three at the top of the list are: an economic crisis, extreme political uncertainty and the rising militant…

Free trade

From June 13 to 15, the World Trade Organization (WTO) will hold its 12th Ministerial Conference. The global food crisis will take centre stage in discussions. Once again, G7 political…

The importance of trade exhibitions

Exhibitions and trade shows are the hallmark of any country’s industrial growth and business development. They are part of a business strategy to promote businesses, and have become a global…

Cost of illicit cigarette trade

According to a UN ‘doom’s day scenario’ the global economy faces a ‘US$ 2 trillion’ hit in view of the devastation being caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic. But even…

A post-Covid-19 world

Major wars and pandemics, are the sort of happenings that change the world as we know it before they have happened. The Black Death lead to massive deaths in the…

China’s new world order

The Belt and Road Forum at Beijing well projected China as the country leading the new world order with the emerging markets rallying behind it and Russia deciding to throw…

‘World is full of trade-offs’

TO lockdown or not to lockdown. That appeared to be the question, this past week, once again as the PTI government in the centre decided to ease the lockdown to…

A fair-trade world

RECENTLY, the World Bank authorised a loan of Rs84 billion to Pakistan. The money was apparently disbursed from the Resilient Institutions for Sustainable Economy programme to the State Bank of…

Sovereign funds flock to developing world startups

Sovereign investors are helping fuel billion-dollar funding rounds for emerging-market tech startups, where companies and their backers are fighting for first-mover advantage in the digital space. The aim is to…