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As a tool for hefty collection, the successive governments have time and again resorted to Minimum tax, a controversial phenomenon otherwise as it defies the basic principle of taxation. The recent imposition of Minimum tax of eight percent on service providers including telecom companies (cellular and landline service providers), courier companies, logistic companies, security companies, internet service providers, labour hiring companies and other service providers has not been hailed by the industry.
Brokerage houses have gone bust before, but the Ace Securities fiasco still seems something out of a space ship in comparison to earlier defaults. After all, who has ever heard of a broker going bust in a bull market? How does that even happen?
Liquidity is short in the market! The factors behind this could be higher cash withdrawal for Eid spending, tax imposed on banking transactions by non-filers, and increased reliance of fiscal borrowing from scheduled banks. It has to be the combination of all but due to paucity of data it’s hard to pinpoint the exact reasons of it.
High population growth rate is one of the biggest problems in Pakistan’s economy. Yet there seems to be zero discourse on this ubiquitous issue. Such is often the case in nations where economic discourse is dictated only by the business community and macro economists, at the exclusion of the discourse generated by social scientists, environmentalists, ecologists and experts from ancillary fields (See also today’s Brief Recording section).
Time and again reports on small and medium enterprises (SMEs) bring home the point that SMEs are the backbone of the economy. The central banks latest report on SME financing is no different. It starts off by saying that SMEs significantly contribute to GDP growth, exports and employment generation. Yet the share of SMEs in total financing remained at a dismal 5.8 percent in March 2015. In fact, it fell from 6.3 percent in December 2014 and 6.5 percent in December 2013.
Time and again reports on small and medium enterprises (SMEs) bring home the point that SMEs are the backbone of the economy. The central banks latest report on SME financing is no different. It starts off by saying that SMEs significantly contribute to GDP growth, exports and employment generation. Yet the share of SMEs in total financing remained at a dismal 5.8 percent in March 2015. In fact, it fell from 6.3 percent in December 2014 and 6.5 percent in December 2013.
Will this time be different? For the first time, Afghan government officials and top Taliban representatives "officially" met earlier this week. Pakistan hosted the parley. China and the United States watched over it. The two Afghan sides reportedly had a lengthy exchange. Then they broke in an unusually cordial environment. Next they will meet in Qatar, in about five weeks.

 



 
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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%
MonthlyJune
Trade Balance $-2.378 bln
Exports $2.016 bln
Imports $4.394 bln
WeeklyJuly 23, 2015
Reserves $18.677 bln