Political will or bad policy and reform design?

Reform remains an elusive and little understood concept in Pakistan. The word is seldom used on TV. It is used even less in the...

Our manufacturing opportunity

For the last 5 months, I have undertaken the arduous task of renovating my home. Much to the discomfort of family members, I have...

The real accountability

Accountability is a damaged word in Pakistan. Recent rains in Karachi brought out various aspects of public service delivery in this large city and...

Recipe for sustained growth of jobs in Pakistan to meet youth bulge

They ask me to give ideas for increasing employment in Pakistan. The answer they are expecting is build more industry, more industrial parks, build...

How do consultants, donors and Pakistani ministries solve problems?

The flood of 2010 showed me (I was Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commision then) how dysfunctional policy was in Pakistan and yet how...

The meaning of culture

“I came to see during my time at IBM that culture is not just one aspect of the game, it is the game. In...

The opportunity of dead capital

Economics has become a science of the loudmouth with numbers. Economists come on TV to show off that they have numbers and predictions. They...

Why can’t we compete in global markets?

Why are Pakistani businesses unable to compete in the global markets? What is it that inhibits them from breaking through overseas? As our exports...

Is the modern professional too busy to exercise?

A friend of mine, who is several years younger, went for a regular medical check-up recently. He was told that he had...

Where are the opportunities for the poor?

Prime Minister Imran Khan has announced the Ehsas program for poverty alleviation — an admirable step. But more than government aid the...

“No, I don’t see myself in your seat in 5 years time”

Growing up in the 70s, whenever we were asked what we would like to do as an adult, the very obvious response would be...

The strange tale of a Sindhi folk song and CPEC

“Ho Jamalo, Wa Wah Jamalo” are words that have been ringing in my ears for over three decades.  But it was only last week...

Budget – Not all is doom and gloom

Prime Minister Imran Khan’s PTI led government has announced a tough budget to arrest the alarming build up in public debt over the last...

Disrupt or Be Disrupted

The human mind is trained to visualise linear developments and finds it difficult to estimate exponential possibilities which emanate from technology. Such disruptions are...

Islamabad blues: why capital calling is bad business

Has anyone ever taken the 7 am PIA flight from Karachi to Islamabad? If you have, you would see a line of businesspeople and...

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