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Wait-and-see policy of SBP

The latest Monetary Policy Statement (MPS) was issued by the SBP on the 8th of March. Since the Russian-Ukraine war situation remains fluid and it is not clear what the…

Hawkish Fed haunts SBP

Now you know why the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) implied that the monetary policy committee (MPC) might meet before its next scheduled meeting on 19 April 2022 if necessary.…

New SBP law militates against constitution?

This article contends that the State Bank of Pakistan (Amendment) Act, 2022 (“Act”) is plainly, on the face of it (ex facie), in violation of the Constitution. Reportedly, the government’s…

SBP autonomy

THE opposition says it will give IMF sway over the State Bank of Pakistan. The government calls it a key bill to enhance SBP efficacy. Who’s right? Globally, the majority view is…

Critical appraisal of SBP report

The State Bank of Pakistan’s (SBP) report for the first half of the current financial year reiterated its unconditional support for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) programme conditions – a…

SBP’s optimism

The recent Monetary Policy Statement by the SBP has begun to remove apprehensions about the state of the economy and in the short-run prospects. In a one-page lucid statement, the…

SBP profits rise and need for caution!

Pakistan’s budgetary financing operations (federal and provincial) July-June 2019-20 were released on Wednesday – the day after the briefing on the data to the cabinet on 11 August 2020. Prime…

SBP throws two lifelines to industry

When Covid-19 pandemic struck Pakistan every one scrambled to simply save their skins. All thoughts of the economy, industry, jobs and exports went out of the window. That was but…

SBP’s economic outlook

The latest Monetary Policy Statement of the SBP was released a few days ago. The Statement is positive in nature. Apparently, ‘business confidence and the outlook for growth have improved’.…

In defence of SBP bill

There is quite a stir in the media and policy circles on the proposed amendments in the SBP law. Journalists and economists jumped on the bandwagon and speculated on widely…