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West Bank economy in tatters as Gaza war rages

In the occupied West Bank, Hafeth Ghazawneh waits in quiet frustration for customers to visit his falafel stall, which has been deserted since the October 7 Hamas attacks in Israel.…

Charter of economy: a non-starter

The concept of all political parties signing off on a charter of the economy has been consistently raised by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leadership with the stated objective of…

Misplaced optimism about economy

Given elections are scheduled for early February, a few months into 2024 spring will bring into public life a new government, but the question whether or not it will continue…

The (informal) wedding economy

Pakistan has one of the fastest population growth rates in the world, and considering an ever-expanding population base, it is estimated that more than 1.6 million marriages happen in the…

Economy: rent-seeking through revolving doors

In Pakistan, the risk reward mechanism on investment is lopsided, and that is one of the reasons for the low productivity and lack of ingenuity in entrepreneurship in Pakistan. There…

A new year to fix the economy

Hundreds of thousands of words have been written about the economy, and how to fix it over the last many years, but not much is done, and the economy remains…

Pakistan’s blue economy

I recently attended the week-long maritime security workshop (MARSEW-6) organized at PN War College under the auspices of the Pakistan Navy. The session concluded yesterday (Dec 14), and I now…