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Construction industry-mother of economic activity

  Construction industry is one of the largest sectors having a large number of sub-sectors which provide a massive support to the economic development of any country. A vibrant construction industry is bound to create millions of job opportunities in view of its alliance with a large number of sub sectors like cement, steel, woodworks, tiles, glass fixtures and a variety of other industries. In this backdrop an active construction …

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Banking sector review for year 2012

  The banking sector through CY12 to date has faced tough challenges with external factors including law and order situation, political uncertainty, strikes causing closure of bank branches in distressed areas to name a few. According to the Financial Stability review released by SBP for second half of 2011, 12 banks in Pakistan failed to meet the MCR of PKR 8 billion by December 31, 2011. The minimum capital adequacy …

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Stock market review for year 2012

  Pakistan’s stock markets, particularly KSE is known worldwide for providing the best returns among global stock exchanges. KSE index more recently was expected to show a decline and expected not to breach the hypothetical index value of 16,000. The stock market on the contrary is trading at 16,800 points. As on 30-Dec-11, KSE was trading at 11,347 points giving an annual return to date of 41 percent which is …

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Foreign investments in Pakistan – A perspective for 2012

  FDI requires an enabling environment to ensure flow of funds and capital in different investment ventures. Investments are required in Pakistan for infrastructural development and industrial growth which would create jobs and translate into a higher GDP through enhanced production. The per capita income of Pakistan is only USD 1,254 considered low. The key is to eliminate poverty and increase reserves. With respect to the economic situation of Pakistan, …

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Performance of corporate sector 2012

  Pakistan faces new challenges and opportunities every day. Reduced availability of financing for capital investment, unsafe working environment, law and order situation, continuous devaluation of rupee against other currencies, lack of gas and electricity and constant pressure for reviving the economy are just a few. Corporate sector vulnerabilities and poor governance in general are frequently being identified as important contributors to the Pakistan’s current financial crisis. Despite all this, …

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Gwadar port under Chinese

  Ports and shipping sector plays a vital role in the economic development of a country, as efficient ports and terminals lower the cost of imports, bring revenue through exports, increase our foreign exchange reserves and enhance tax collection. Recent trends in the shipping industry have shown that cargo ships are becoming larger. These vessels have enhanced capacity to transport cargo in bulk quantities which makes commodities cheaper for the …

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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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Growth challenges for branchless banking in Pakistan

  The banking industry in Pakistan faces tough competition unleashed in the global arena. Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) have transformed the global economy bringing about a revolutionary change in the financial sector. This revolution finds manifestations today in shape of innovative banking products and services such as Automated Teller Machines (ATMs), Internet banking, tele-banking and so on. Online banking has introduced non-traditional channels of delivering services in the banking …

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Performance of Pakistan stock market

  The calendar year 2014 (CY14) has proved to be another good year for Pakistan equities with benchmark KSE-100 Index gaining over 27.3%. It was also evident that during the period under review activity at the bourse lost pace slightly as daily average traded volumes declined by 6.4% to 208 million as compared to 222 million for CY13. Despite this bullish trend only 4 IPOs made their way to the …

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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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