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Ali Khizar

Lockdown dilemma
Opinion

Lockdown dilemma

We live in a guess world. It's a health crisis and there is no scientific study to tell when the COVID spread is going to be over. In countries like Pakistan, the situation is even worse where testing is limited and unknown is bigger. Therefore, it is har
Published 12 Apr, 2020 12:00am
Construction package: cautious optimism
Opinion

Construction package: cautious optimism

Building housing was one of the main pillars of PTI's 100-day agenda. This push was earlier seen in previous two governments (PMLN's and PPP's) but which died down in the respective regimes' very first year. The efforts were fizzling out during the curren
Published 05 Apr, 2020 12:00am
'Corona' realities
Opinion

'Corona' realities

The world seems to be changing permanently. COVID-19 is bigger than 9/11 or 2008 global financial crisis. World living population hasn't seen such a catastrophe. It is a health crisis and has long-lasting physiological and economic implications. Global fi
Published 29 Mar, 2020 12:00am
Lock it down, now!
Opinion

Lock it down, now!

There is no other option but to partially lock down big cities. Period. It must be done in a phased and sustainable manner for several weeks. Unless the government acts immediately, law of probability indicates that the virus is going to hit most of us. V
Published 22 Mar, 2020 12:00am
PSL - a homegrown global brand
Opinion

PSL - a homegrown global brand

PSL is a success story which every Pakistani should be proud of. Fifth season (PSL 2020) has been fully hosted in Pakistan with packed stadiums, although not any more due to COVID-19; but the journey was not as smooth as it appears today. It took years of
Updated 15 Mar, 2020 06:41am
Global trade: Don't miss the bus again
Opinion

Global trade: Don't miss the bus again

Back in days, the saying was "when the US sneezes, the world catches a cold"; today, coronavirus from China is pushing world economy in a recessionary phase. The economic woes travelled faster across global stock and commodity markets than the Covid-19 it
Published 08 Mar, 2020 12:00am
Keeping Orange Line alive
Opinion

Keeping Orange Line alive

Lahore Orange Line (train) rapid transit system is in the process of test run with commercial operations to commence by June 2020. This is second of four planned mass transit systems of Lahore. Green Line metro bus system is in operation for seven years,
Published 01 Mar, 2020 12:00am
Cars and competition disruption
Opinion

Cars and competition disruption

Nothing is better than competition. Pakistan's automotive industry is going through a transition phase. For the last thirty years, three Japanese assemblers dominated the passenger car segment. Localization of parts never happened to the liking of policym
Published 23 Feb, 2020 12:00am
IMF review: power remains the key
Opinion

IMF review: power remains the key

The IMF second review is concluded. The staff-level agreement has not been reached; unlike in November review. That said, the tone was not negative. There might be some prior actions (such as increase in petroleum levy, increase in gas prices, pending fue
Published 16 Feb, 2020 12:00am
There's need for macro-fiscal unit
Opinion

There's need for macro-fiscal unit

The Adviser to PM on Finance is in a tight spot. The IMF's second review is ongoing. All the binary targets are likely to be met. But the problem is to manage primary fiscal deficit targets in the quarters to come. Ambitious indicative tax revenue target
Published 09 Feb, 2020 12:00am
Understated GDP
Opinion

Understated GDP

It's no news that informal economy is significant in Pakistan. What some would not know is that within documented economy, not everything is measured in GDP computation. It can be said with confidence that GDP is significantly understated in Pakistan. Onc
Updated 02 Feb, 2020 06:49am
Need for timely currency adjustments
Opinion

Need for timely currency adjustments

Political pressures are mounting on PM Imran Khan to control inflation and create new jobs. Coalition partners are flexing muscles to get MNAs'/MPAs' funds, seeing that members within PTI clan are voicing concerns now. A government with a razor-thin major
Published 26 Jan, 2020 12:00am
Open up imports to expand exports
Opinion

Open up imports to expand exports

There are signs of shift in economic thinking from 'inward oriented' to 'outward oriented'. Dr Reza Baqir presented the case at a conference last week. Pakistan consumption based growth averaging at 3.5-4 percent (2001-18) is similar to top 25 percent eme
Published 19 Jan, 2020 12:00am
Prioritize gas consumption
Opinion

Prioritize gas consumption

Lately, there is a rift between Federal and Sindh governments on natural gas supply and pricing. The Centre's desire is to have weighted average gas price formula of natural gas in Sindh by inclusion of RLNG in supply, whereas the Sindh government is aski
Updated 13 Jan, 2020 07:05am
Energy security
Opinion

Energy security

2020 dawned with war fears. The US-Iran tensions are mounting in the region. Michael Kugelman wrote earlier this week that Pakistan and India are edging closer to a war in 2020. Pakistan needs to have strategic petroleum reserves to combat any war like si
Published 05 Jan, 2020 12:00am
Dealing with the energy mess
Opinion

Dealing with the energy mess

I have been saying for long that the energy sector mess alone can drag the economy down to abyss. The IMF in its latest review is giving a similar picture. The circular debt in the energy chain increased from Rs465 billion in 2013 to Rs1.7 trillion.
Updated 29 Dec, 2019 08:45am
The only way forward: Unlocking exports
Opinion

The only way forward: Unlocking exports

Pakistan economy is like an old car - it runs smoothly at slow pace and causes trouble at higher speed. The ADB in a recent working paper described this condition in terms of numbers. The paper estimates the balance of payment constrained growth at 3.8 pe
Updated 23 Dec, 2019 08:03am
In search of productive investment
Opinion

In search of productive investment

It's an established fact that investment is low in Pakistan. With low investment, the deployment of capital is in less productive sectors. The economic returns in terms of employment generation and production efficiencies are sub-optimal. The barriers to
Updated 16 Dec, 2019 06:39am
In search of exporting FDI
Opinion

In search of exporting FDI

State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) governor Dr Reza Baqir lately said that focusing on export can take the country out of the boom bust cycle. That is a right approach as import compression is a stop-gap solution to avert the balance of payment crisis. Now with
Published 08 Dec, 2019 12:00am
Rethink public accountability
Opinion

Rethink public accountability

Last week, at a conference on innovative finance, Planning Minister Asad Umar commented on a question on risks associated with public private partnership (PPP) projects that when bad decisions are equated with criminal intent, the appetite of bureaucracy
Updated 02 Dec, 2019 06:36am