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The rationale for subsidies

ARTICLE: Prime Minister Imran Khan has directed his adviser on finance Dr Hafeez Shaikh to form a "special cell" to...

Published 25 Jul, 2020 02:49am

A 'solution' out of the box

ARTICLE: Presiding over a meeting of the Economic think tank early this week, Prime Minister Imran Khan called for...

Published 18 Jul, 2020 02:47am

Oil sector

ARTICLE: In end May 2020, the federal government announced a big reduction in the price of petrol by Rs 7.06 per...

Published 04 Jul, 2020 03:02am

The fate of SOEs

ARTICLE: The enthusiasm to turn around State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) through a newly-established entity...

Published 27 Jun, 2020 02:55am

Headhunting professionals

ARTICLE: The federal cabinet has reported to have expressed its reservations on the presentation made by Dr Ishrat...

Published 20 Jun, 2020 04:13am

The challenge of SOEs

The 190 State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) comprising Public Sector Companies (PSCs), Development Finance Institutions (DFIs) and Authorities, employing a total of over 425,000 personnel, incur a colossal loss of around Rs 500 billion a year. In other words,

Published 30 May, 2020 12:06am

Post-coronavirus world

Most of the developed nations will move out of the current coronavirus pandemic crisis soon because of good governance, strong financial bases and political harmony. They are cooperating with each other in this hour of crisis. The problems will remain in

Published 29 May, 2020 12:05am

Diamer-Bhasha dam

Finally, the commencement of much-awaited Bhasha dam has been formally announced. Prime Minister Imran Khan last Monday ordered immediate commencement of work on construction of Diamer-Bhasha dam, rightly describing water security as the foremost priority

Published 16 May, 2020 12:07am

Formal and non-formal education

The World Bank is reported to have stated that it will assist Pakistan in developing a new model of non-formal education which, it said, would combine literacy, labour market skills and life skills development for uneducated and illiterate children, youth

Published 09 May, 2020 12:06am

Report on IPPs

The report on the conduct of IPPs has indeed triggered extensive criticism on the profits made by Independent Power Producers (IPPs) in the last four decades and witnessed an extensive media bashing of IPPs on their conduct with an equally-hyped condemnat

Published 02 May, 2020 12:08am

Power sector: What went wrong?

It was way back in 1958 that Wapda was established in Lahore to electrify the rural and urban areas, stretching from one end of the country to the other, except Karachi which was electrified by Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) - the first IPP in the

Published 25 Apr, 2020 06:43am

IPPs in the dock?

PM Imran Khan vowed in the midst of recent sugar, wheat and other commodities shortage and hoarding crisis that he would not spare the cartels and hoarders and take them to task.

Published 18 Apr, 2020 12:00am

Formidable challenge

Coronavirus has severely impacted the human lives and the economies the world over in a profound manner. The trauma of loss of human lives will be followed by loss of jobs, food shortages and depleted health facilities - just to name a few of them.

Published 04 Apr, 2020 12:00am

Opportunities for Pakistan

International Monetary Fund (IMF) President Kristalina Georgieva warned this week that she expects a global recession this year due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. In a statement released by her office in Washington, the IMF chief said that since

Published 28 Mar, 2020 12:00am

PSM problem: a workable solution

Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM) Board of Directors' incumbent Chairman is reported to have stated last week that PSM is in the process of revival and recovery. According to him, it needs to reinvent itself as a new organization.

Published 21 Mar, 2020 12:00am

OICCI's survey

The Overseas Investors Chambers of Commerce & Industry (OICCI) has rolled out key findings of its recently released 'Perception and Investment Survey - 2019'. The following are key punch lines of its survey:

Published 14 Mar, 2020 12:00am