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Enhancing GDP size

  Two of the common complaints are: 1) Pakistan’s GDP size is too small and 2) GDP growth also does not compare well keeping in view population growth rate. Over the years experts have been working on different options but little has been done to document the economy. According to some experts the size of documented economy is just one-fourth of the actual. On one hand this does not allow …

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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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Contribution of agriculture in GDP

  Agriculture is a predominant activity in most developing countries. As economic growth and development take place, importance of agriculture tends to decline according to the sources. The declining share of agriculture is, however, a slow phenomenon and is felt only over a relatively long time horizon. In Pakistan, the agriculture sector continues to be an essential component in the economy. It currently contributes 21 per cent to GDP. Agriculture …

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‘Shining New’ vs. ‘Out-Of-Date’

  Imported used cars – A cause of discomfort for local industry The people in the local auto industry are on cloud nine after hearing from the government that the age limit for imported used cars has been reduced from five to three years. It is refreshing to hear such good news amidst the never ending plethora of unpleasant tidings. The government has given a reason to car buyers to …

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Coal power generation in the world

  Coal is a valuable and plentiful natural global resource. Not only does coal provide electricity, it is also an essential fuel for steel and cement production, and other industrial activities. World coal consumption was about 7.25 billion tones in 2010 and is expected to increase 48 per cent to 9.05 billion tones by 2030. Total world coal production reached a record level of 7,678 million tones (mt) in 2011, …

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Oil lobby not allowing any other means of power generation

  Government not focused on exploiting potential of other indigenous resources like solar and coal Energy is considered as lifeline of a country’s socio-economic and human development but its scarcity results in grinding halt to almost every sector of life. Pakistan like other Asian countries is also faced with acute energy shortage, especially of electricity, the main source of energy. The electricity crisis did not emerge overnight because the issue …

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Burning midnight coal

  It is important for Pakistan to increase the generation capacity of the country; unfortunately relevant ministry couldn’t address the power crisis as quickly as was expected by the people. It’s simply because there has never been a long-term, realistic policy on power generation. Pakistan meets its power requirement from hydro, furnace oil fired steam, combined cycle gas plants and diesel oil fired electricity generating plants. Currently about 30 per …

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Mystery behind unexploited Thar coal

  It was in 1992 that the Geological Survey of Pakistan (GSP) discovered huge deposits of coal – the second largest in the world – in Tharparkar District, Sindh. Thar coal field is estimated to have reserves of 175 billion tons, 68 times higher than Pakistan’s total gas reserves. Thar coal has been declared lignite type, spreads nearly 10,600 square kilometers, with power generation potential of 100,000 MW consuming 536 …

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Alternate best vital energy source: coal

  It has been estimated that there are above 847 tonnes of proven coal reserves throughout the world. It is anticipated that at the present level of coal production the coal reserves are to last for a period of over 130 years. On the other hand the proven oil and gas reserves are to last around 42 and 60 years respectively at current production level. Coal reserves are available in …

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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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