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Last petrol prices were this low was back in the beginning of 2011. Thanks to tumbling international crude oil prices, petrol consumption in the country has enjoyed the low price bonanza. Petroleum sales by the oil marketing companies can safely be taken as a proxy for petroleum consumption in the country, and the correlation of petrol sales by the OMCs with the retail prices is vivid from the illustration.
Ever since the price of commodities have started to come down and Pakistani exports have started heading south, the hue and cry over overvalued exchange rate has gathered pace in policy circles as well as in print and electronic media.
Textile is dying and APTMA is fighting tooth and nail for its survival. Recently, the textile lobby presented a nine-point proposal to the Federal Textile Board in a presentation that highlighted some disturbing facts about the state of the industry.
It is rather unfortunate that the Pakistani government and the media don’t seem to have given much attention to the successful visit by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the United Arab Emirates. There were no official comments from Islamabad, but unofficially the government has downplayed the matter. However, in reality this should be a wake-up call both for Pakistan’s foreign ministry and the commerce ministry.
Farmers in the country are facing some tough times. Agriculture commodities? prices are headed south while input prices continue to escalate. Margins are shrinking and farmers? livelihoods are at stake. The latest hit is the revision in fertilizer prices by FFC which has been matched by Engro. The price hikes are reportedly, in response to government?s hike in input gas prices.
Economic observers have to come to view developmental budgetary outlays as a smokescreen. After all, such allocations have long been curtailed to rein in fiscal deficit. And the disbursed funds are usually spent on what a government wants instead of what people really need. Now that the fanfare of budget is behind us, let’s look at how much development spending actually took place last fiscal.
Pakistan has been aid dependent to a large extent, with donor agencies providing funds for various sectors ranging from socio-economic stability and human development to economic growth and infrastructure. The United States is one of the most generous donors to Pakistan; however, other countries like Japan, Australia, Canada and the European countries have been unstinting too.


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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $62.649bn
Per Cap Income $1,512
GDP Growth 4.24%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.988 bln
Exports $1.835 bln
Imports $3.823 bln
WeeklyOctober 05, 2015
Reserves $18.349 bln