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Choppy economic waters

A VISIT to Karachi after almost two years creates both a sense of nostalgia and déjà-vu, the former caused by memories of what this city once was and the latter…

Need for strategic planning

There have been many strategic planning initiatives in the public services since the introduction of New Public Management (NPM) over the past several decades. New Public Management, which is used…

Economic fault lines

There is a serious need for long-term economic planning that provides a way forward and continuity of policies, which is a missing factor now and that has to be factored…

Planning families

In the fifth most populous country in the world, with approximately nine million pregnancies every year, it’s ironic that women rarely, if ever, have the freedom and choice to plan…

Economic security

The security of the state has been of utmost importance in the annals of history and has in fact gained momentum with time. There has been transformation in the dynamics…

Economic management

THE present government has been roundly criticised for its handling of the economy ever since it took office over two years ago. In rich irony, the sharpest criticism has come…

Economic reforms: Part-XXXI

At the outset of this series, we had explained that economic reform essentially means bringing the values of economic variables to a well-established notion of ‘natural state’. Ideally, this natural…

Planning for the ‘real’ Pakistan

Did we ever try to find out the reasons why the very first five-year plan authored by Pakistan succeeded in South Korea but failed miserably in Pakistan? There is, of…

Planning With Peanuts

Planning with peanuts

If you pay peanuts, you get monkeys. Not very long ago we used to say this to describe the plight of education and health spending in Pakistan. Today, it is…