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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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...