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In his 2005 bestseller, "The World is Flat", Thomas Friedman, the renowned NYT columnist, presented a theory called "The Dell Theory of Conflict Prevention". The theory stipulated that "no two countries that are both part of a major global supply chain, like Dells, will ever fight a war against each other as long as they are both part of the same global supply chain."
Where are interest rates heading? Acceptance of bids, at a relatively high level, in the last PIB auction held two days back, has called an interest rate outlook into question.
As if the fear of a suicide attack or a blast just around the corner was not enough, masses are now travelling on a omb itself. The recent rise in CNG cylinder explosions with almost 50 people losing their lives in November has raised concerns over the CNG sector to alarming heights.
Trade statistics released by the FBS for 5MFY12 reiterated the grave scenario of Pakistans trade, particularly exports, with volumetric exports of major commodities withering away.
As per data released by the Planning Commission, between July 1 and December 16, 2011, total federal PSDP (Public Sector Development Programme) disbursements stood at Rs78.4 billion (exclusive of foreign aid) against the Rs290 billion earmarked for FY12. Within this, Rs33 billion are budgeted to be spent by the cabinet and finance divisions for "Special Programmes", and Rs36.5 billion would be provided by foreign donors and aid.
Crying seems justified. What else could we expect form farmers? With cotton changing hands at Rs5000 per maund in the local cotton market, fibre prices are down by more than half compared to the record high prices the local cotton market has touched earlier this year.
The call for improvement in governance as practiced in Pakistan is high on analysts agenda these days. Even SBPs latest annual report for FY11-State of the Economy-highlights that the major predicaments affecting the economy have a lot to do with governance.


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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.807 bln
Exports $1.911 bln
Imports $4.718 bln
WeeklyOctober 20, 2014
Reserves $13.436 bln