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Protecting foreign investment

Foreign investment plays a significant role in the economic development of a country as it boosts economic growth, supplements domestic savings and investments. It often leads to the establishment or…

Determining fair income tax base

According to the latest data available on the website of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), as on December 31, 2023, total number of SIMs issued was 189 million (78.93% mobile teledensity);…

Chinese appetite for Australian barley is back

Three years after steep Chinese tariffs halted imports of Australian barley as tensions between the two countries ratcheted higher, the grain is once again flowing freely. Barley is not only…

Bridging the huge tax gap

The new coalition federal government will soon be in power, after controversial elections of February 8 2024, allegedly marred with post-voting manipulated results to favour the favourite. These were the…

Protecting foreign investment

Foreign investment plays a significant role in the economic development of a country as it boosts economic growth, supplements domestic savings and investments. It often leads to the establishment or…

Tapping phones

THE recent ‘leak’ of private telephonic conversations between an ex-federal finance minister and two provincial finance ministers, all belonging to a political party opposing the centre, has raised many important…

Elections in the age of AI

Former prime minister Imran Khan may have been wrong about many things, but his statement that “this is an era of artificial intelligence (AI)” is right on the money. There’s…

Privatization?

There’s a bloodbath going on in our so-called Public Sector Enterprises (PSEs). Is there a commercial entity in the world with assets of Rs150 billion and accumulated losses of Rs750…

Real time access to info and data base

The nature of documentation of Pakistan’s economic environment can be classified into three broad segments as under: 1. Transactions undertaken by the documented sector which are also reflected in ‘tax…