Nasir Jamal

Wasting potential

Pakistan’s new 161 HDI ranking reflects its silent, deep human capital crises, due to historic disregard of human development investments. Updated 08 Apr, 2024 10:41am
CORPORATE WINDOW: The potential of Chinese EVs

CORPORATE WINDOW: The potential of Chinese EVs

"Chinese companies are looking to set up factories in other countries to tap the US and European markets, which makes Pakistan in the region for investments". Updated 25 Mar, 2024 10:24am
Stalled energy solution

Stalled energy solution

Plans to establish coal to gas and liquid conversion plants for energy and urea production are on hold despite private sector interest due to federal inertia. Published 18 Mar, 2024 08:56am
Minority shareholder oppression

Minority shareholder oppression

Small shareholders in family-owned private companies struggle with board representation, voting rights, and decision-making involvement, states a recent SECP report Published 04 Mar, 2024 09:29am
Gwadar Power Plant at an impasse

Gwadar Power Plant at an impasse

There are speculations that the project will be shelved since it has not achieved financial close as yet. Published 26 Feb, 2024 08:43am
Echoes of the 2008 financial crisis

Echoes of the 2008 financial crisis

Economies like Pakistan could be indirectly impacted by US property woes if the contagion spreads like the one about 16 years ago. Published 19 Feb, 2024 07:56am

Political instability to haunt reforms

With the nation confronted with unprecedented macroeconomic challenges, political tensions and divisions, the analysts say the stakes for the new government would be high. Updated 12 Feb, 2024 11:15am
The fickle south rears its head

The fickle south rears its head

The region appe­ars ready to do what it has done every election cycle: move in the direction the political wind is blowing. Updated 07 Feb, 2024 12:30pm
Heavy on rhetoric, light on concrete plans

Heavy on rhetoric, light on concrete plans

There seems to be little understanding of the grave economic challenges the country faces and the tough decisions need to lead the country for the next five years. Updated 05 Feb, 2024 11:35am

The next step for fintechs

Open banking enables the sharing of data between different financial service providers with the account holder’s consent. Published 29 Jan, 2024 08:24am
To the victor go the rolling stones

To the victor go the rolling stones

From the party-hopping Alam ‘Lota’ in the 1930s to the 150-something lawmakers who shuttled between Nawaz and Wattoo’s factions of the Muslim League in the early 90s, ‘migratory birds’ are part and parcel of the region's politics. Updated 30 Jan, 2024 05:43pm
Localising cellphone production

Localising cellphone production

The number of domestic players has reduced to 30 from the initial 46 companies because of the pandemic and import restrictions. Published 22 Jan, 2024 07:55am
LIVING ON THE POLITICAL EDGE

LIVING ON THE POLITICAL EDGE

Historically, most ‘fringe’ parties have developed from a one-point agenda and have only played the role of ‘spoilers’ in elections. Updated 21 Jan, 2024 09:34am
Hoarding dollars — the missing $1bn

Hoarding dollars — the missing $1bn

Timely realisation of the export proceeds of willful defaulters cannot be ensured without strict enforcement of AML/CFT regime. Published 15 Jan, 2024 07:55am