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Concerted efforts needed to raise GDP in Pakistan

  Pakistan GDP growth rate rose to 3.7 percent in 2012 from the previous year. Throughout the history from 1952 to 2012, GDP growth rate averaged 5.0 Percent reaching an all time high of 10.2 Percent in June of 1954 and a record low of -1.8 percent in June of 1952. Pakistan has a developing semi-industrialized economy that depend mostly on manufacturing, agriculture and remittances. In spite of the fact …

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SAARC

  The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is an organization of South Asian nations, providing for the promotion of economic and social progress, cultural development within the South Asia region and also for friendship and cooperation with other developing countries. It is dedicated to economic, technological, social, and cultural development emphasizing collective self-reliance. SAARC was established on December 8, 1985 and its seven founding members are Sri Lanka, …

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India faces challenges to become a dominant country in global trade

  India is the tenth largest economy of the world with GDP growth of 5.3 percent. India has USD 295 billion in reserves on as December 2012. India’s literacy rate is 74 percent which has grown year on year. The country is a major player in the global market when it comes to Trade. The textile, automotive, banking and technology industry is considered the best in the world. Major multinationals, …

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Trade with India

  Pakistan and India offer natural markets for each other’s export products and both countries are pursuing policies of trade liberalization since early 1990s. In their mutual trade, they can enjoy the advantages of reduced transaction costs and quicker delivery due to geographical proximity, common language and a heritage of common physical infrastructures. During the first half of the current fiscal year, the two-way trade stood at USD 1.1 billion …

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The economic sweet and sour of the calendar year 2014

  Upgraded Asian Development Bank (ADB) growth outlook, a bubbling equity market, the sliding LSM growth, an improved foreign reserves position, the still reluctant FDI, and a persisting energy deficit is what the calendar year 2014 had in store for us. While FY14 GDP growth of 4.1% coupled with the expectation of a similar growth rate for FY15 is something to sing about, a deeper analysis may bring to surface …

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Performance of Pakistan in 2014

  When the PML-N came into power, the economy wasn’t in very good shape. In order to reduce the damage to the economy, the government derived a plan along with the support of the IMF and the main focus of the government was to bring about energy reforms, to improve the external balance and to stabilize public finance. The plan, if successful over the tenure of the government is likely …

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Mixed economic performance in 2014

  Overall fiscal year 2014 was a better year for the economy. As for the actual behavior of various macroeconomic indicators, real GDP during financial year 2014 grew by 4.1 percent compared to 3.7 percent in the previous year and the target of 4.4 percent is better close to meet. The fiscal deficit was indeed contained at 5.5 percent. Growth saw a modest revival, especially in manufacturing. Manpower, for instance, …

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Declining oil prices a positive impact on the world’s economy

  According to International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde the plunge in oil prices since June may hurt some crude exporters. But overall it is a good thing for the world economy. She said “there will be winners and losers, but on a net basis it’s good news for the global economy,” she said in Washington recently while commenting over the declining oil prices and of last Organization of …

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Alan Greenspan: The man responsible for the darkest span of global economy

  Born of the parents that soon divorced after his birth, the bespectacled master central banker Alan Greenspan carries the baggage of a chequered reputation in the backdrop of 2008 crisis. When talking about him, people take to the two sides of the argument — some calling him “an antiregulatory zealot”, some respecting him as the “growth-oriented president of the Fed.” But almost all of them put at least “some …

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Pak-China FTA: opportunities and pitfalls

  Creation of WTO and arriving at the agreement to give all countries equal opportunities ushered a new era in international trade. Simultaneously, different trade groups emerged to ensure collective wellbeing, NAFTA was the first to emerge, that was followed by European Union (EU) and the story continued. From Pakistan’s perspective it is member of ECO and SAARC but both these blocs have remained muted. RCD was broadened and given …

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