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Remittance Keeping aside SBPs enthusiasm for robust home remittances where the central banks press release (mistakenly) showed a month-on-month increase in October 2015 foreign receipts instead of an equivalent fall, remittances growth have continued to show its redeeming qualities; Its share in countries GDP has been on an increasing growth trajectory As per the SBP data, October 2015 inflows from expatriates increased by 11 percent compared to October 2014, but dipped by over 13 percent in month-on-month comparison. For the first four months of remittance from overseas Pakistanis has grown by seven percent year-on-year to $6.5 billion. Though these foreign receipts are higher than comparable last year, the growth rate for 4MFY16 is one of the lowest in similar period of the last five years, showing some sort of growth deceleration While the annual growth rates do not show any particular signs of slowing down, chances are that the remittances growth will slow down in the coming years as indicated in World Banks recently released Migration and Development Brief.
Last week had an upbeat note for Pakistans IT sector. First, the global manufacturing giant, General Electric, announced a multimillion dollar investment to establish a Technology and Digital Center in Pakistan. In another multimillion dollar project, the Korean Exim Bank started working on the feasibility study for an export-focused IT Park in Islamabad. Former is a commercial project whereas latter is a government-to-government collaboration.
The world has faced two major challenges at the beginning of the 21st century the issue of climate change and the ever-increasing poverty. However, time and again, people have failed to see that these two issues are intrinsically linked. Both challenges have a great correlation because the policymakers cannot continue human development at the expense of damaging environment and fuelling climate change. However, the sad reality is that even after having significant data most policymakers still focus exclusively either on how to protect the environment or how to tackle poverty.
Pakistans sugar industry has always been a quagmire - an extremely high sugarcane support price fixed by the government has resulted in the countrys sugar exports dropping to zero. This column has discussed the issue of sugar exports at length (Read "No sugar exports," published on September 30, 2015). But there is more trouble that has been brewing as of late.
APTMA scored a win recently when the government announced its textile package, which included inter alias the imposition of 10 percent anti-dumping duty on Indian yarn. However, the value-added sector is at odds with the spinners on this matter and is against this decision. Both factions of one industry have different opinions on the matter, and these should be looked at.
Petroleum volumes sold by the oil marketing companies seems to be stabilising. The latest figures by Oil Company Advisory Committee (OCAC) for October 2015 that the total industry energy volumes in October 2015 grew by 19 percent year-on-year from 1.9 million tons to 2.1 million tons.
China's ongoing economic transformation isn't just structural in nature. The shift seems increasingly "green" as well. Under the new five-year plan, the Chinese Communist Party has announced significant policy changes that aim to move the energy-guzzling, heavily-polluting economy towards cleaner and greener economy.


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Foreign Debt $62.649bn
Per Cap Income $1,512
GDP Growth 4.24%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.197 bln
Exports $1.729 bln
Imports $3.926 bln
WeeklyNovember 23, 2015
Reserves $19.713 bln