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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.
Lets face it; the banks in the country have been averse to lending to retail segment while opting for the cushy path of lending risk-free to the government. However, now that interest rates are down and banking spreads are squeezed, the banks are being forced out of their slumber.
The dis-ease of doing business in Pakistan is getting worse. The latest 2016 Doing Business report ranks the country at 138 from 136 last year. The ranks from previous years are not comparable as such, due to change in methodology by the World Bank. But the data showing Karachis distance from best regulatory performance speaks for itself.
Quite a few developments have been made on Nandipur Power Project - the countrys second largest thermal power plant of country after Guddu - since the column last talked about it. But these might not exactly be in the positive direction. The government seems to be adamant on boasting about the controversial projects that was inaugurated in critical times last year.
As Pakistan stepped up its internet game to 3G and 4G networks last year, it escalated the growth horizon for e-commerce exponentially. From a handful of online retailers in the country a couple of years back, the industry has expanded to an extent that the market sees new entrants every week.
With results season behind us, one can now look at how the textile industry has fared in the first quarter of fiscal 16. For the purposes of this analysis, our textile universe will comprise of five of the major textile companies listed on the KSE100 - Nishat Mills, Gul Ahmed, Nishat Chunian, Kohinoor Textile, and Feroze1888.
Tax revenues were short and consequently the government missed the NDA target for the September 2015 IMF review. This programme so far is lenient but the checks are regular as it has quarterly reviews and disbursements. Although, the Fund hasn't delayed any tranche (barring one), slowly and gradually it is tightening the screws to meet the quantitative targets.


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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
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