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Health expenditure and choices

HENRY Ford, when unveiling the Model T, was asked why he developed an automobile without consulting public demand. His response, “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would…

Digital policy

IN a recent address, caretaker Minister for IT and Telecom, Umar Saif, spoke about payment gateways for freelancers to receive payments at ease in Pakistan. He spoke of a communication…

Data revolution for SDGs

Last month, I attended two workshops organized by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) on user-producer dialogue to sense data needs and calibrate with statistical products – a commendable step…

The world of AI

Artificial intelligence (AI) has emerged as a huge transformative force that is reshaping the landscape of various fields and industries. Its adaptive and analytical capabilities have led to major advancements…

A climate-informed manifesto

With the general election on the horizon on February 8, mainstream political parties seem to have been diligently crafting their manifestoes in a consultative manner, unfamiliar to the people of…

China in 2024

In 2024, China’s economic landscape is poised for a notable rebound, even amidst challenges like the downturn in the property sector. A pivotal force in this resurgence is the growing…

The way forward

Discussions and arguments on the politics of the day — at all levels and at all times — are in the DNA of our nation. One widely-argued current topic is…

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…

AI – the bank of tomorrow

It is 2030. Imagine walking down I.I. Chundrigar Road Karachi. Imagine what will you see? Imagine if banking becomes totally digital. Imagine if branches disappear. Imagine if AI robots looking…