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Empowering women in Balochistan

  Pakistan has a poor record when it comes to women’s rights. Under the anti-women practices like wanni or budla-i-sulh, the women are traded like commodity and they are given in forced marriages against their will to settle personal, family or tribal disputes. These practices are widespread in rural areas of Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab and Sindh province where tribal and feudal system is still very strong even women are …

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Investing in new banking technology

  The banking industry in Pakistan faces tough competition unleashed in the global arena. The banking sector still needs to take effective measures for improving and strengthening its competitive position vis-’-vis the foreign banks. The banking industry must be able to meet increasingly complex banking needs if it is to flourish. The country cannot catch up with its Asian neighbors India and China in terms of economic development without making …

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Gwadar port project takes off with brilliant economic future

  Gwadar port project has actually taken off in 2015 after eight years of its inauguration in 2007. It is the major development with reference to economic development of Balochistan that took place this year. Last month, Pakistan formally handed over the 2,281 acres free trade zone of Gwadar Port to China on a 43-year lease. After the formal handover of the free trade zone, all business affairs of the …

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Immense scope for e-commerce growth in Pakistan

  With a population of around 200 million individuals, Pakistan has the potential to become next major Internet market in terms of number of connected people in the next coming few years. According to one estimate, 9 percent of the country’s population goes online during last year while another 30 percent are likely to get connected to Internet in next three to five years. The trend to use Internet has …

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Gwadar Port to usher in new era of progress, prosperity in Balochistan

  Gwadar free port project promises massive investment, greater generation of employment opportunities and more development projects in different sectors of Balochistan. An addition of a new deep-sea port at Pakistan’s coastline marks a new chapter of development efforts in the country. It would serve as a springboard for initiating wide-ranging development activities in Balochistan. The port is bound to usher in the province a new era of progress and …

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Prime beneficiary of CPEC: what local people want?

  Confidence between locals with foreign investors needs to be maintained The political leaders and local people have been expressing their serious reservations since the mega seaport project was launched at Gwadar in March 2002. Whereas the local people have attached great expectations from the development of Gwadar port, they also have serious reservations about the fast-track development process in the port city. In the past, Balochistan has witnessed insurgencies …

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Merits and prerequisites of privatization

  Certainly, it is not the business of the state to do business. It is the private sector, which has to run the businesses under the patronage and facilitation of the government. The government should only play the role of regulator and facilitator of corporate businesses. Since 1990, the country sold off 167 SOEs. During 1997-2000, the complete denationalization of the banking sector was carried out. A privatization program was …

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Pakistan — A highly competitive telecom market

  Smartphones trade reached peak and set to grow further Pakistan with a market of about 200 million people continues to allure foreign firms to invest in the country’s telecom market, which has the footmarks of strategic investors such as Orascom, Etisalat, Telenor, Abu Dhabi Group’s Warid Telecom and Canada’s Nortel Networks and China’s telecom giants — ZTE Corporation and China Mobile. Pakistan has the highest mobile penetration rate in …

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Telecom future in Balochistan

  With the current growing pace of telecommunication, the telecom sector of our country has witnessed a spectacular growth in the recent past. This advancement and growth in the sector is also having positive impact on the underdeveloped economy and most backward society of Balochistan, which despite least developed province of the country, enjoying satisfactory growth level of telecom consumers and the quality of telecom services provided to them are …

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Industrial development in Balochistan set to be revolutionized under CPEC plan

  The absence of infrastructure is the single most important reason that discourages investment in the industrial sector development in Balochistan. It is the most backward province, which is also far behind from other provinces in road sector development. The province has a road network comprising about 25,099 kilometers, which is less than that of the other provinces. The existing road network in Balochistan is in a dire need of …

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