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Investors get selective as frontier debt rush slows
By Elaine Moore
7732_4_21_2014_1.gifMany of the world’s poorest countries have notched up a debut dollar bond issue in recent years, taking advantage of strong demand and low borrowing costs.

As the supply of exotic debt begins to dry up, investors are becoming more discriminating and demanding a higher reward for greater risk.

“Countries were tapping into very easy global credit conditions but things are a lot tougher now,” says Shilan Shah, economist at Capital Economics. ....

Taxing times
By Ihtasham ul Haque
7736_4_21_2014_1.gifThe PML-N government is struggling to meet one of the stringent conditions of the IMF‘s $6.6 billion bailout package: achieving the 5.8 percent fiscal deficit target during the current financial year by bridging the gap between income and expenditure.

For the Federal Bureau of Revenue (FBR) to collect the massive amount of Rs257 billion in the month of April looks very difficult. And yet, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has vowed to shift his office from the ministry of finance to the FBR if this doesn’t happen. ....

Exchange rate woes
By Haris Zamir
7737_4_21_2014_1.gifThe gain of the rupee has turned into a loss for the exporters as the sharp appreciation in the value of rupee gained almost 10 percent from its high of Rs108 against the greenback.

While it is difficult to ascertain the exact losses suffered by the exporters, a conservative estimate puts it in the range between $400 million and $600 million. Not only was the spike in rupee dangerous, but even the steep decline was quite denting. ....

Making technology count
By Tariq Ahmed Saeedi
7738_4_21_2014_1.gifBahawalpur, famous for its historical significance, is once again back in the limelight thanks to an enterprising government official, Imran Sikandar Baloch and an IT geek Asim Fayaz, for winning first prize at the Making All Voices Count Global Innovation Competition, a global initiative platform, held in Nairobi, Kenya last month.

Merging existing technologies, the two men came up with an idea that can catch a teacher on absenteeism, confirm if a vaccinator is doing his/her job and even if an agriculture extension programme is being implemented as designed in under-resourced, conflict areas. ....

A hazardous nexus
By G Farid Khan Marwat
Income disparity has been termed a major risk to human progress and development by the World Economic Forum’s report ‘Outlook on the Global Agenda 2014’. The report, published in November 2013 ranked widening economic inequality as the second greatest worldwide risk in the coming 12 to 18 months. The differences are fast accelerating in majority of the countries, where wealth is divided between two groups; almost half goes to the richest one percent, while the other half to the remaining 99 percent. Hence, extreme economic inequality is often mutually dependent on political capture. When left unchecked, undermining political institutions, governments frequently serve economic elites at the cost of the common man. ....

Women in the workforce
By Dr Amtul H Mumtaz
7740_4_21_2014_1.gifWe live in a societal setup that is highly stratified according to caste, class, and cultural and regional variations, all of which have implications on the opportunities provided to women. Thus researchers have suggested that policymakers should take into account women’s experiences of gender systems across the country. In Pakistan, human development indicators for women are weak and experts search for solutions both in terms of the religious-cultural framework and the lack of political will to modify systems. ....

South Asia rising
By Arif Zaman
7741_4_21_2014_1.gifAs two key Commonwealth economies – India and South Africa - go to the polls, the impact on regional economic growth will weigh increasingly on investors’ horizons even if it has not preoccupied the minds of pundits on the airwaves in South Asia or Southern Africa. ....

  Customer service  
Prioritise for productivity
By Sajjad Ashraf
In today’s workplace and in your engagements outside, you often hear, “sorry, I am busy.” Yes, many people put in long hours because they must be dedicated. But, how efficient are they?

The consequences of long hours at work are frustration, stress and a feeling of not having accomplished much. People under these conditions become de-motivated with their job and environment. ....

The consumer landscape
By Farooq Hassan
7743_4_21_2014_1.gifTitanic changes are taking place in the consumer landscape of Pakistan. Consumer tastes, attitudes and preferences are fast changing, driven by globalisation, rising incomes, technology and advertising. Corporations that fail to discern the changes will be left behind. In this fast changing environment it is necessary for corporations to keep an ear to the ground. The speed of change is exponential. Here are some of the broad trends:

Punjab homes 58 percent of the country’s population (116 million). Thanks to the efforts of the Sharif Brothers, Punjab has been growing at a faster rate than the rest of the country. Punjab has a per capita GDP of $3000 against $2100 for the rest of the country. ....

More Articles   
- Exchange rate woes

Customer service
- Prioritise for productivity

- Investors get selective as frontier debt rush slows
- GDP is flawed - just not in the way most people think
- ‘Too big to fail’ is too big to ignore
- Perils of the chief who stays too long at the top

- Taxing times

- Women in the workforce

- South Asia rising

- A hazardous nexus

- The consumer landscape

- Making technology count


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