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Import of used cars — An unfair advantage at the cost of domestic industry

  PAMA submits proposals for budget 2015-16 The automobile industry which has developed sufficient capacity to cater to the needs of automobile market is experiencing the pinch of the unfair advantage being given to the importers of the used cars at the cost of the local industry. It is surprising that instead strengthening the base of the domestic auto industry that generates a huge number of job opportunities besides imparting …

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Gwadar port not just a port but a global necessity

  Future shipping chain will be uncompleted sans Gwadar With the development of Gwadar Port as a fast track project, it has started catching eyes of the international seafarers due to its strategic location offering transitional shipping facilities in the region including entire landlocked for Central Asian States as well as responding to huge transitional movement between Pakistan and China, which is bound to generate huge economic activities for Pakistan. …

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First LNG vessel calls on Engro terminal at Port Qasim

  The first shipment carried by a floating Storage and Re-gasification Unit (FSRU), leased to convert liquid natural gas into natural gas arrived at Engro’s LNG Terminal at Port Qasim last week end. According to government energy plan, this import liquid natural gas will be used for power generation to cut the costly fuel oil used by over 60 percent of thermal power generating units. The induction of LNG into …

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New national aviation policy to encourage public-private partnership, opens up growth

  The introduction of the new national aviation policy is timely considering the fact that Pakistan has a negative growth of its aviation industry. In contrast to other countries in the region, aviation sector’s contribution in Pakistan was below 0.01 percent. Countries like India, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand aviation sector’s contribution ranged between 1.5 percent and 9.0 percent. Only 8 percent of the 180 million Pakistani populations have using air …

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First floating storage and re-gasification unit arrives at Port Qasim

  LNG — A new addition to Pakistan’s energy basket The energy regime to witness a new era of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) providing the much sought after relief from the mounting pressure of rising demand for natural gas in Pakistan with the arrival of the floating storage and re-gasification vessels arrives at Port Qasim on March 10, 2015. The private sector has played a significant role in materializing this …

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Growing Chinese stakes in Gwadar

  Becoming an operator of Gwadar Port, China is consistently increasing its stakes in Gwadar, a strategically located port city in southern Balochistan. The port has been built with Chinese assistance of more than $220 million and over $66 million has been contributed by the Pakistan authority. The port has full potential to become one of the most user, and trade-friendly ports of the world with its 4.7-kilometres long and …

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Not easy to stay in airline business

  It’s getting tougher to stay in one of the most competitive businesses — air passengers trafficking. It’s a combination of high management skills, acquisition and maintenance of state-of-the-art fleet, expert financial management, and above all, a delicate marketing approach aimed at passenger comfort. A recent AFP Tokyo news article appearing in Gulf Times reports ANA’s joining others in a bid to rescue bankrupt Skymark. The news article opens with …

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Transport and logistics vital for growth of Pakistan trade

  Interview with Sayyid Mansoob Hasan, An analyst PAGE: Tell me something about yourself, please: Sayyid Mansoob Hasan: I have over 23 years of experience. I have worked with non-banking financial industry at senior positions like CFO, HIA and Director. Since 1995, I am engaged in Public Practice as a Cost & Management Accountant and Management Consultant. My firm MANSOOB & CO. is providing solutions to business problems of the …

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The significance of Pak-China cooperation in infrastructure development

  The importance of Pak-China cooperation in infrastructure development can be best understood if one goes through the Indian opposition of Chinese support for Gwadar port. Although, India itself is helping Iran in construction of Chabahar port, located at a distance of around 70 kilometers from Gwadar. It seems that India is fully aware of the fact that Pakistan offers the shortest and cost effective route to Central Asia via …

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Logistics and infrastructure capacity – the backbone of economic development

  An efficient and cost-effective logistics and infrastructure system not only generates economies of scale, but also creates a favorable global image of an economy. And a favorable image means more global linkages, more international business and more foreign direct investment. On domestic side too, sound logistics and infrastructure mean enhanced mobility of goods and services, which is so important for the marketing system to operate efficiently. Logistics and infrastructure …

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