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CPEC 2.0

The China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a cornerstone of China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), is undergoing a transformative evolution. Marking its progression into a second, more sophisticated phase,…

Governance for the people

Successive governments in Pakistan have rarely paid attention to human development indicators. The development model that the political elite follows favours a tiny section of the super-rich. However, it is…

Reinventing Brand Pakistan

In a previous piece on the subject (‘Where is Brand Pakistan?’ January 22, 2024), I had highlighted how country brands are becoming as important as corporate or product brands, given…

Climate justice

The World Day of Social Justice is celebrated every year on February 20. The International Labour Organization (ILO) unanimously adopted the ILO Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization…

FBR: Dwindling tax collection

Pakistan has one of the world’s lowest tax ratios, stemming from five main weaknesses: complexity, a narrow tax base, low compliance, inefficient tax administration, and low and declining provincial tax…

FBR restructuring: a recipe for disaster–I

While briefing the Senate Committee on Finance, Chairman FBR confirmed that the proposed restructuring of FBR involved parcelling it out into four boards, two separate ones for Customs and Inland…

Amidst the what, how, when to privatize

As airline privatization began in the late 20th century, the airline industry historically subject to strict control by nation-states for security and industrial policy reasons underwent an overhaul of the regulatory…