Ahsan Munir

  • Pakistan’s industrial policy has been mostly in disarray over the last seven decades. The initial industrial policy in the 1960s and 70s focused on large scale manufacturing (LSM), and resultantly government-sponsored investment facilitated, among others, the establishment of heavy steel ...

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  • Research in any developed economy is directed towards generating useful knowledge which is exploited for economic gains, which then fuels further research. In these knowledge-based economies, academia, Research Institutes (RIs) develop expertise in their fields of interest and this expertise is ...

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  • Industrialisation is the key to the development of any economy and while small and medium enterprises play an important role in providing jobs, technological intensive heavy industries, such as shipping, auto manufacturing, electronics, aviation, are essential for the industrial and economic ...

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  • If someone said, ‘It is the economy’, then definitely, railway is one of the factors underpinning the robust economy of a country. Railway is the most efficient, the quickest and cheapest method of transporting people and goods in the world. All the industrialised nations have well ...

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  • In developed countries, there are institutions, not personalities, with the mandate to guide the nation in crises: a layout map for actions to be taken, timeline of these actions and metrics for the success or otherwise of these actions. The job of the existing political leadership is to debate and ...

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  • Recently, the cement sector has been in the news for its robust expansion – new plants are being setup and existing plants are increasing their capacity. The Pakistani cement sector has grown exponentially – having doubled its annual production capacity after every decade or even ...

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  • Pakistan has a burgeoning young population but, unfortunately, a weak industrial base which cannot absorb this young workforce entering the job market. Government of Pakistan (GOP) has set up various technical training institutes under Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA) - ...

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  • In its half yearly report submitted to Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX), Pakistan Suzuki Motor Company (PSMC) informed that its sales recorded a decline of eleven percent in January-June 2019 to the corresponding period of last year. Rest of auto assemblers such as HONDA, TOYOTA have reported similar ...

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  • CPEC has been termed as ‘Game Changer’ by incumbent and previous governments. It has been claimed that numerous special economic zones (SEZs) proposed along the CPEC route will have a positive effect on the economy of the country. A vital role of SEZs (read export-oriented zones, where ...

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  • Pakistan is a populous country –with a youth bulge, is in need of jobs. At present, our economy needs stimulus: some big economic projects which could provide jobs to the youth, consume local industries capacities and help improve local industries’ quality, productivity, and ...

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  • In wake of recent political and diplomatic developments at international level, it has been realised that we need to put our house in order to stand up to international pressure and arm-twisting, and tell the World that ours is the state most affected by ‘Global War on Terrorism’. Well, ...

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  • It is the irony of our nation that it has been and is being ruled and governed by people who claim to be ‘Mr/ Ms know it all’. All political parties, generally, appoint ministers, advisors, consultants and institutional heads who have not even a faintest idea of their portfolios and the ...

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  • As a nation we are fixated on issues, which then govern our daily lives such as corruption, power shortages, fuel shortages and water shortages. We fail to see the bigger picture which is, among others, responsible for our current predicament i.e. breakdown and weakening of all national ...

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  • Nowadays, every other person who is in power is championing the cause of democracy demanding that it should be saved at all cost. However, the question is what sort of political system are these persons championing? Mature western democratic political systems exhibit certain underlying ...

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  • Generally, there are two types of natural energy resources: renewable and non-renewable. When it comes to the exploitation of resources, we are a nation of contradictions: we have the habit of being profligate on non-renewable resources such as water, natural gas and oil but we are very ...

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  • My parents are from the Potohar region and have spent a better part of their life in and around Rawalpindi. They reminisce about how green the region of their childhood was; both Potohar and Rawalpindi. Now, fast forward to my generation. I still remember the vast open spaces of Pindi Cantonment ...

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  • As spring sets in, horticulture societies in various cities arrange flower shows to attract people. Devoid of general greenery in the overpopulated and crowded mohallahs, families throng to these flower shows to enjoy the atmosphere. Because of the special interest the Punjab Chief Minister takes ...

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