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It's not easy to be a shareholder in Huffaz Seamless Pipe Industries (HSPI) and there are quite a many shareholders in the market - about 23 million - aside from 30 million shares (or 54.8 percent of the total) currently held by the firm's directors, their spouses and their minor children as of June 30 2014.

Operating since January 2005, HUM Network is a name that has garnered roaring success and fame during a span of a little more than 10 years. The company offers quality contents in the entertainment genre including serials, soaps and telefilms, both domestically and internationally and has expanded its wings in the recent past by offering HUM TV, HUM Sitaray and Masala TV under its umbrella.
ImageZaigham Rizvi is one of Pakistan's handfuls of housing experts, who has recently set up Pakistan's only think tank on housing called Center for Affordable Settlements and Housing (CASH). Aside from being the Founding Chairman of CASH, Zaigham is also the Secretary General, Asia-Pacific Union for Housing Finance, which is a forum to promote coalition and co-ordination among the South Asia Countries in determining their housing and housing finance solutions. He is also working as a consultant focusing in the field of housing and housing finance, currently serving as a Director at HBFC Pakistan, the leading housing finance institution in the country. He has also served as an adviser on housing and infrastructure to the State Bank of Pakistan. In this interview Zaigham reflects on the state of housing in Pakistan and how Pakistan can learn a thing or two from its eastern neighbour and the broad contours of the upcoming housing policy.
JCR-VIS Credit Rating Company Limited (JCR-VIS) has reaffirmed the medium to long term entity rating of Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL) for FY14 at 'AAA' (Triple A) and short term entity rating at 'A-1+' (A One Plus). Outlook on the assigned rating is 'Stable'.
For the past 17 years, Anila Haq has spearheaded the establishment and growth of a number of companies under the banner of Haq Holdings. Since 2012, she has been leading the advent of franchising in the domestic economy. BR Research met up with her recently to discuss the opportunities that franchising can present for businesses in the country and also the challenges that are encountered along the way. The following transcript is derived from that conversation.
The Bahrain based leading Islamic banking group, Al Baraka Banking Group BSC (ABG) announced a net profit of $69 million for the first quarter of 2015, reporting an increase of 3% over the net profit of the same period of last year.
EFU General Insurance - the titan of EFU General Insurance - was formed under the financial backing of Agha Khan III and the Nawab of Mughal. It, however, came into being in 1932 where Mr Ghulam Muhammad led the formation of this company. While securing a prominent footing in the country's insurance sector, the insurer is engaged in offering insurance schemes in the field of property, marine/aviation, motor and miscellaneous products. Besides, the company enjoys reinsurance arrangements with leading re-insurers such as Swiss Re of Switzerland, SCOR of France, Hannover Re of Germany, and Lloyd's of London.

 



 
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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%
MonthlyApril
Trade Balance $-1.795 bln
Exports $1.995 bln
Imports $3.790 bln
WeeklyMay 26, 2015
Reserves $17.749 bln