Continuing the discussion from our last piece on the need for evidence-based advocacy at chambers of commerce and industries, this column would now dabble into how chambers can use their current structures to produce the needed research.
Local businesses here at home appreciate government's efforts in getting schemes like the GSP Plus (EU or US) where they get market access to developed nations without having to open their markets in return but Free Trade Agreements (FTA) or Preferential Trade Agreements (PTA) often get a bad rap, predominantly known to hurt nascent domestic industries rather than help boost exports.
Still reeling from the short crop of cotton this past year, Pakistan is now once again looking at another cotton shortage. Last week, the Cotton Crop Assessment Committee (CCAC) revised down cotton production estimates for the current season (2016-17) to just over 11 million bales, as against the initial estimates of 14.1 million.
Last month in Islamabad, the DFID-funded education programme Alif Ailaan asked an important question: "Who gets the good jobs" The aptly titled report collaboration between Alif Ailaan and the Society for the Advancement of Education (SAHE) - reaffirms the conventional notions of social inequities; that those in high places today attended elite schools.
Every person has a right to proper nutrition but sadly in Pakistan it has become a luxury for many. This column has covered the horrible menace of malnutrition facing the country and will now shed light on one its devastating consequences, stunting. (Read: "Malnutrition: The hidden menace" published October 05, 2016)
Positive outlook for the auto sector in light of new models and increased activity in the commercial vehicle segment have been driving petrol sales especially since the curtailment of CNG in the transport sector; similarly, there has been a continuous growth in the demand of generators that has also increased petrol consumption.