Dr Kamal Monnoo

  • TThere is big debate going on these days on how the Pak Rupee is overvalued and why it should be devalued to help exports and to discourage imports; especially of luxury goods. Pakistan’s trade deficit has never been larger, posting a growth of nearly 138%, period on period (first fiscal ...

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  • TWhen you can’t understand why people behave in a particular manner, the most natural thing to do is to convince yourself that people do not know what they are doing. At the same time, democracy in Pakistan is becoming increasingly dysfunctional by each passing day. Plato’s great worry ...

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  • TReforms seems to be the buzz word these days in talking about addressing long standing challenges to the Pakistani economy, but what exactly does this mean? It is all very well to be talking in generic terms about the urgent need for third generation reforms in Pakistan, but such statements only ...

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  • TA lot is being said and written these days about Pakistan’s national debt and how it has reached a level where it may no longer be sustainable. Meaning in the coming months we either face a default or a re-entry into yet another IMF (International Monetary Fund) program, which by all accounts ...

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  • TOne is hearing a lot of noise these days from some anchors, experts and economists on a situation of crisis in the economy and how an economic emergency should quickly be declared in the country with perhaps the establishment stepping in (overtly or covertly) to take the economic matters into its ...

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  • TThe China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a key component in China’s ambitious 65-nation “One Belt-One Road” (OBOR) economic integration and development initiative, has long been the target of criticism. The concerns of skeptics are wide ranging, from security to political to ...

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  • TPakistan’s trade deficit has never been larger. Posting a growth of nearly 138%, period on period, this gap is now looking un-sustainable, especially in wake of country’s dwindling exports. The main component of our exports, Textiles, has been declining at a double-digit rate for most ...

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  • TPakistani businesses are doing a terrible job at making their workers more productive. Productivity growth has been the weakest it has been since the early 1980s – only about 0.8 percent a year over the last decade, compared with 2.3 percent on average from 1947 to 2007. This perhaps is also ...

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  • TPresident Trump’s spat against Pakistan when announcing his new Afghan policy last week was un-called for, rather disappointing and downright insulting - naturally Pakistanis are hurt. Ever since, anti-American sentiment here has risen; in reply the opposition leader, Imran Khan, has spoken ...

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