“Lahore L’hore ay” – but is Lahori culture good for business?

 Having spent my childhood in Lahore but worked most of my life at corporations based in Karachi, a return to the city...

Why tax-to-GDP is a farce

Pakistan’s economy has been in a chokehold for the past two years. The problem is that there are too many elephants in...

Letting go

Everyone wants to be an entrepreneur. But it takes knowing your limitations and a big heart to make small, family business into large international companies. 

On KLF manels, and why financial inclusion for women matters

Think of this as the Profit female reporters’ manifesto on calling out corporate fluff.

Change the sheriff, do not increase our taxes

About 60 million uneducated children will enter our labour force over the next decade. All of us should focus our attention to...

The State Bank’s silent payments revolution

How the SBP's latest circular could have far-reaching consequences for the state of digital Pakistan

The problem of revenue is bad tax policy, not cheating

Revenue generation is important but not top priority as in last 3 decades. Much effort and money has been spent in collecting...

The mechanics of privatisation

We hear the same things over and over again. You can open the headlines from half a century ago and they will...

To privatise or not to privatise?

On a recent trip to London, I could not help but follow the media coverage of the upcoming general election in the...

How valuable is your bureaucracy?

For decades now the issue monetization of perks has been on the table. No action has been taken because the powerful secretaries...

Why Jeffrey Sachs is wrong about Reko Diq

It started with the usual leftie / “anti-imperialism is the ultimate moral good” crowd. An article written by American economist Jeffrey Sachs...

The trader’s dilemma

The trading community and the government came to some semblance of an agreement on tax issues recently, after months of simmering tensions...

Automotive industry feels the pinch

Pakistan’s auto industry is the quintessential oligopoly, with only three major players assembling a handful of automobiles: Honda, Indus Motors (Toyota) and...

Reform! What, why and for who?

Pakistan was made with a commitment to democracy and development but soon after the founding generation succumbed to greed and politically expediency...

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...