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Microfinance: A game changer

  Microfinance in Pakistan has had a significant shift from the days when microfinance was being discussed as the next big innovation to address the poverty issues in Pakistan to being discussed in terms of the next big investment opportunity. The perception of microfinance in Pakistan has undergone a fundamental change in more than a decade of its evolution. The microfinance sector in Pakistan has developed a successful and sustainable …

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Chinese investment in Pakistan: a win-win situation both for China and Pakistan

  The massive Chinese investment to the tune of $42 billion is the first instance when a single country like China has practically shown its commitment to Pakistan economy, however, it would equally benefit to China on the back of strategic location of Pakistan in generation like Gwadar Port in particular, which will provide a short cut to transitional goods to and from China as no other country could offer …

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Fascinating foreign investment opportunities in Balochistan

  Presenting a greater investment opportunity to the foreign investors due to its gifted and natural wherewithal, the province Balochistan, is having all the potential sectors to open the road of economic prosperity for Pakistan. One of the ardent areas for investment in the province is Gwadar Port city which include fish processing, crabs processing, cold storage, ice factories, sea-water reverse osmosis desalination plants, shrimp farming, boat building and naval …

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Making banks “financial super markets’

  After the un-ceremonial demise of DFIs and Investment banks, commercial banks have been undertaking many activities, which are not part of their prime mandate. They also undertake medium and long term financing that is not the role of commercial banks. However, to make it look more prudent some of the commercial banks have established fully-owned subsidiaries to undertake ‘other business’ that include insurance, asset management, leasing and Modarabas. This …

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Need for an enabling regulations for modarabas

  There is a growing consensus among the investors that Modaraba sector is ‘over regulated’. This has not only impeded its growth but also deprived the investors from earning Riba-free return on their investment. On top of that the recent financial scam in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK), where some ruthless people ripped off investors and the act was termed as ‘Modaraba Scam’ by those who cheated people in the name of …

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Balochistan’s development potential, investment opportunities

  The underdeveloped province, Balochistan, has tremendous prospective for the growth of the economy as it’s economy is largely based on natural resources like production of Sui gas (a biggest gas field in Pakistan), coal and other marketable minerals, while fisheries, mining, manufacturing industries, trade through public and private organizations are the other possessions of this province making it rich in offering investment and can become a healthy marketplace provided …

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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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Investment opportunities, challenges and threats

  Size of Pakistan’s GDP and its growth rate is dismal when compared with the potential. While it is true that smaller size of GDP is due to lack of documentation, the most disappointing fact is that the successive elected governments have opted for policies that could help them in attain ‘political mileage’ rather than introducing policies that could ensure sustained development. These governments have been following policies dictated by …

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Ample prospect for investment in banking sector

  80 percent population in Pakistan is unbanked, says Nadeem Husain, CEO of Tameer Microfinance Bank Although the banking sector in Pakistan has grown on appreciably sound footings on the back of the best regulatory guidelines by the State Bank of Pakistan, however, there still are tremendous opportunities for growth especially in rustic life of the country. It is said that 80 percent population is still un-banked in Pakistan which …

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Is there any incentive for investment?

  Even a cursory look at the budget proposals suggest that the entire focus of the government is on revenue mobilization rather than enhancing size of GDP and accelerating growth rate. Though, the incumbent government aims to achieve a double digit growth the necessary impetus are missing, the most obvious being the proposed allocation for the public sector development program (PSDP). Historically, the successive governments in Pakistan have been making …

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