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Investment avenues and opportunities in Punjab

  The Punjab Board of Investments is actively involved in finding opportunities for business. Punjab being an agricultural land, needless to say there are numerous investment opportunities in farming. The government has identified potential sectors, which need investments and on the government target list. Many initiatives have been taken to resolve the energy and power crisis including development on Thar coal. The government has set positive examples by keeping law …

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Education & Insurance — Key players of developed economies

  Interview: Dr. Syed Arif Hussain, chief executive officer Takaful Pakistan Ltd Dr. Syed Arif Hussain MBBS, MBA (Marketing) who is the Chief Executive Officer of Takaful Pakistan Ltd believes that the education and the insurance are the key players behind all the developed economies, which indicates how much it is important for building the national economy in Pakistan. Talking to PAGE Dr Syed Arif said that Takaful Pakistan has …

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Challenges with Takaful in Pakistan

  Takaful is Islamic insurance and is relatively a new concept in the financial markets. Takaful is based on pooling of funds where gains and losses are shared equally. Prime markets for Takaful include GCC and Malaysia. Earlier this decade when Islamic banking was picking up pace and Islamic banks was actively penetrating the market, estimates were circulated that Islamic banking in terms of deposits would be 10 percent of …

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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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Bright prospectus for foreign investment in 2014

  The government is taking measures to woo foreign investors as the country possesses huge investment potential in various sectors particularly energy sector. Being the world’s 6th largest populated country with major untapped market it is a delight for foreign investors along a growing middle class, talent pool, natural resource endowments, tourism landscape, maritime wealth, geographic location advantage, English language skills, legal system, social capital and soft power values of …

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The state of investments in Pakistan

  In the first 4 months of the current fiscal year, 2013-2014, the country has witnessed an improvement in its inflow of foreign direct investments. Investments brought into the country are worth $283.7 million spread out over a number of sectors and is 12.5 percent higher in comparison to the $252.1 million, which had been recorded in the corresponding period of the previous year. Data released by the State Bank …

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Analyzing investment avenues

  At a time when inflation is at its highest and cost of living is squeezing the pocket month-on-month, savings need to be placed to ensure that additional income can offset high cost of living. Investments by individuals depend on the knowledge of investment avenues. The simplest investment is keeping money in a savings account where more complex invest structures include mutual funds, equity and money market investments. The stock …

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Future growth in gold

  Investors left with no option but to swap major currency for lucrative asset class like gold It is predicted that future growth will be evidenced in gold. The global economy in future may not based on the gold standard, but the recognized value of gold as the basis for real value — whether acknowledged by central banks or not — will never change. Historically, many civilizations have recognized the …

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China’s $46bn investment: a perfect sentiment of friendship with Pakistan

  The Chinese president’s Pakistan visit is water shed in bilateral relations, calculated to trigger collaboration at a level substantially more meaningful than Pak-US partnership spanning over a decade. President Xi Jinping of China during his two-day visit to Pakistan pledged $46 billion worth of energy and infrastructure projects. This amount is three times the entire foreign direct investment the country has received since the last seven years’ time. Though …

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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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