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Political economy of the budget

  Unrealistic revenue targets weigh on trade and industry growth It rightly said that the budget is the most powerful fiscal instruments at the disposal of the government to implement political commitment and development agenda made public during electioneering campaigns; however the story takes a turn when a political party voted to power. Almost every democratically elected government made promises rather tall claims to take care of Public Sector Development …

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Why to sell family silver?

  Since beginning of privatization process, the successive governments have successfully sold out a large number of public sector entities and also divested government holdings but a question often arises, why the government is selling its stake in profit making entities and still holding loss making entities? There will always be buyers for good performing entities, which are also a major source of income for the government. Top of the …

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Privatization and its impact on investors

  In June of this year, the foreign direct investment fell drastically over the past 6 years with economists seeing a weak forecast for future investments in Pakistan due to the increased security issues the country is being facing. The investments coming into the country come in the form of Greenfield investment. According to economists, due to the recent security concerns, foreign investors feel hesitant to either freeze or continue …

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Open economic system is considered as the stimulus factor behind Chinese economic growth

  By 2030, China’s economy could be 30 percent larger than that of US. China’s share of global GDP on Purchasing-Power-Parity (PPP) basis rose from 3.7 percent in 1990 to 14.3 percent in 2011 and rose to 16.06 percent this year. During the past 30 years, China’s economy has changed from a centrally planned system that was largely closed to international trade to a more market-oriented that has a rapidly …

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Impact of rebalancing move of China on developing economies

  China has been experiencing fastest GDP growth rate (not less than 10 percent) for the last two decades, but global financial crisis emanating in 2007 has resulted in gradual reduction in growth rate, which in recent years has gone down by 2 to 3 percent causing adverse repercussions on its current account surplus also which in the past had hovered around 10 to 12 percent of GDP, but of …

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Reasons behind Pakistan’s lower GDP

  For the fiscal year 2014, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific have projected the country’s GDP to pick up to 4.1 percent. A report launched by UNESCAP stated that in the recent months, positive changes had been experienced in the economy of the country which included an improvement in the growth of large scale manufacturing industries; appreciation of the local currency; increase in …

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Pakistan enjoys unique position among South Asian countries

  The term South Asia commonly refers to seven countries namely: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. These countries are also part of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), a bloc established in 1985. Afghanistan has been included as 8th member of SAARC in 2006 and China, Iran and Myanmar are also seeking full member status of the bloc. According to various reports SAARC member countries …

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Brands had a great influence on the mind of people

  Today the people are becoming highly brand conscious and as per increase in social mobility the concept of buying branded products gaining its roots to every walks of living beings as these available trade names had a great influence on the mind of people despite inflation, high tariff of utilities and host of other reasons hinder these branded products to get due share in the market. Renowned brand labels …

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How to triumph over problem of poverty in Pakistan?

  Considering dollar 2 a day be the minimum daily wage, then a majority of the population of Pakistan is unfortunately living below the poverty line as these daily earning amount is not enough to meet the expenses of a family and not even fulfilling the need of a individual of this country. The poverty line is the distinction which separates those in the country who are poor from those …

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Economic progress of Pakistan since 1947

  Pakistan has witnessed progress since independence when it comes to development of infrastructure and industries. Pakistan is recognized as a major textile exporter. Being an agrarian economy, the country is self-sufficient when it comes to food requirement, which is a plus factor. Through progress is seen with setting up of industries, infrastructure, commercial and residential properties, corruption and mis-management has made the progress slow. Political unrest and blame game …

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