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The budget season has begun. It actually began a few weeks from today when business associations and chambers suddenly became very media friendly – calling up ‘old friends’ in media and asking them to say something in favour of some tax related benefits for the sector in the “best national interests of the country.”
Inaction is not what is generally associated with the incumbent government. And there is plenty of ‘concrete’ evidence why: from roads and buses to more roads. Some will also claim the energy team has not been too bad either. Yes, not too bad, but bad nonetheless. Two years in the office and the power crisis has only worsened, and that takes some real high level of inefficiencies.
The global trade pie is not growing much and that is making competitors work hard to retain their shares in respective industries’ exports. There are various ways to promote exports including fiscal, monetary and exchange rate incentives. Seemingly Pakistan is lagging behind owing to a host of reasons – limited fiscal space, flawed exchange rate polices, energy sector bottlenecks, low productivity and adverse security conditions.
The global trade pie is not growing much and that is making competitors work hard to retain their shares in respective industries’ exports. There are various ways to promote exports including fiscal, monetary and exchange rate incentives. Seemingly Pakistan is lagging behind owing to a host of reasons – limited fiscal space, flawed exchange rate polices, energy sector bottlenecks, low productivity and adverse security conditions.
Pakistani families are sticking together. The latest Household Integrated Economic Survey (HIES) recorded average household size at 6.35 members in 2013-14, a decline of nearly one percent compared to 6.41 members recorded in the 2011-12 HIES. Urban household size declined by two percent to 6.09 members in this period, whereas rural households averaged 6.49 members, a fall of 30 basis points.
South Africa, the largest market for Pakistan’s sea exports of cement, has imposed dumping duty ranging from 14.29 percent to 77.15 percent on import of cement from Pakistan to that country. Although the move is bound to make some cement exporters wince, the sector’s performance should maintain course if domestic demand perseveres.
According to a recent UNESCAP report Pakistan’s economy is expected to grow 5.1 percent in 2015. While that projection seems optimistic, the report also points out that macroeconomic fault lines would continue to create hurdles in the country’s economic growth.

 



 
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Banking Review 2014


Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyMarch
Trade Balance $-1.586 bln
Exports $1.932 bln
Imports $3.518 bln
WeeklyMay 21, 2015
Reserves $17.75 bln