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The state of automobile industry in Pakistan and the role of imported and used cars

  The automobile industry and the auto parts manufacturers in the country have been suffering greatly due to the inconsistency in import policies and the widespread import of used cars taking place in the country. Personal baggage schemes are being used by used car importers, which are meant only to help overseas Pakistanis to import their used cars into the country. A number of the cars being imported in this …

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Subdued performance of auto sector

  Pakistan Automotive Manufacturers’ Association (PAMA) has released its monthly sales data for the month of August registering growth of over 76%MoM, in indication of strong recovery from the adverse impact of advance tax. The prime gainer in the month was Corolla with sale of 3,515 units. Despite the strong recovery the numbers remained under pressure on a cumulative basis, posting a decline of 11.3%YoY in 2MFY15. While auto industry …

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Growth of Islamic Funds in Pakistan: issues & challenges

  Islamic funds have actually provided a window to a number of individuals, who were previously reluctant to invest because of their religious beliefs. The Islamic funds constitute 12 percent of the overall fund management in Pakistan. The country currently has the total assets worth Rs58 billion under management of Islamic mutual funds. Islamic funds industry is still at its initial stage. Presently, the country has all types of funds …

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Takaful is fast evolving into banking system

  The trait of insurance in the world over is to cover industrial, commercial and social activities and every individual and group of people as it is an agreement in return of payment for specified loss, death or injuries but since it is disputable either the existing form of insurance are risk free or the certain amount paid to the concerned companies making insurance policies are Islamic or un-Islamic way. …

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Insurance industry playing significant role in economic growth

  The insurance industry has been supporting economic growth by helping individuals and businesses to manage their risk in a more efficient manner. In order for sustainable economic growth to take place, an insurance industry is a must, which focuses on risk financing and management. However, in terms of growth, the insurance industry is not up to par with the economy since but officials in the industry are working on …

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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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Livestock & crop insurance — An effective tool to avert flood losses

  The flood and the deluge has caused heavy losses in the form of human life, crop, livestock, property and infrastructure, which are preliminary estimated at US$200 million, however, exact number of losses would be quantifiable when the process of restoration will start specially in Punjab. However, the flood ravages this year are much less compared to the flood devastations, which had cost over US$10.1 billion in 2010. It is …

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Role of regulatory authorities in consumer protection

  One of the conditions for initiating process of ‘Liberalization, Deregulation and Privatization’ in early nineties was creation Regulatory Authorities in the respective sectors. The objective behind initiating this process was to confine role of the government to be the facilitators and pull it out of managing business. Creation of regulatory authorities was also one of the requirements of the multilateral lenders for the protection of all the stakeholders, particularly. …

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How to protect consumers’ rights in Pakistan?

  Unfortunately, there is a widespread violation of consumer rights in Pakistan and the area of consumer protection has remained neglected in the country due to improper rules and law. It is pathetic that majority of consumers are unaware of their rights, hence they are vulnerable to exploitation by producers. A consumer has misleading information and because of the ignorance of his rights and non-availability of redress mechanism, he is …

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Agriculture, livestock contributing GDP growth

  In Pakistan, the key objective of agriculture sector is to ensure proper production and availability of food for the citizens and also offers livelihoods to people directly involved in the sector along with the value adding chain. The achievement of sustainable progress in agriculture sector (contributes over 22 percent to GDP) completes macroeconomic objectives by its forward and backward linkages with the other sectors. Pakistan agriculture and food security …

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