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Heavy indebtedness & power sector crisis

In terms of new commitments, the Government of Pakistan signed new agreements, worth USD 7,228 million, during the period under review. These commitments comprised financing agreements signed with foreign commercial…

Economic challenges: timely actions needed

The coalition government of the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) is approaching completion of its tenure in the next few days. While presenting their last budget for the current fiscal year…

A tsunami of loans

Pakistan is under a severe debt trap, suffering from economic stagnation, economic slack and high inflation. There seems to be no solution to the country’s economic woes as the IMF’s…

Economy Don’ts 101

Every few years, Pakistan’s economic managers find themselves in a pickle, struggling with declining economic growth and rising inflation when only the year before they have managed to achieve record…

Euphoria must not give way to despair

The nation is in a state of euphoria since it successfully clinched an International Monetary Fund’s (IMF’s) $3 billion 9-month Stand-By Arrangement (SBA) a couple of days ago. Ironically, Euphoria may…

An upcoming catastrophe

The recommendations we are going to discuss here may create unrealistic expectations from the authorities as we are stuck with useless governance and running down them for their worthlessness doesn’t…

Averting default

Pakistan currently faces many economic challenges with the lingering threat of default being the most potent one. By way of explanation, a country defaults when it is unable to repay…

The IMF-govt trust deficit

The Pakistani public is being subjected to extremely disturbing macroeconomic indicators with each subsequent update showing a worsening trend - data-set sourced to government entities, including the Pakistan Bureau of…

Debt relief for developing countries

Many developing and low-income countries are under debt distress, and a few of which are also facing food crisis as well. This is an extremely grave situation, and it is…

The 80/20 rule for maximising foreign exchange earnings

Pakistan’s economy has been facing a number of challenges in recent years, including low growth, high inflation, large fiscal and current account deficits, and declining foreign exchange reserves. Despite various…