BR Research - Miscellaneous

Foreign grants: taken for granted?

Foreign grants: taken for granted?

The term “development partners” has been in vogue for quite some time in the donor circles of Islamabad. It’s a euphemism for more than a...

Stewardship through refuge-in-a-bag

Stewardship through refuge-in-a-bag

Central to the criticism of genetically modified crops is the fear that weeds and pests may develop resistance against biotechnology over time, resulting in potential...

All roads lead to tariffs, none to growth

All roads lead to tariffs, none to growth

No dull day in international politics where U.S. President Donald Trump is involved. The President lives in a steady state of denial, pigeonholed into the...

Peaking food inflation

Peaking food inflation

The headline inflation stood at 12.7 percent in Nov-19, in line with the expectations. On monthly basis, the toll is up by 1.34 percent. The...

Bt. Cotton: global experience

Bt. Cotton: global experience

The standard complain of Pakistan's textile industry is that cotton production is witnessing a freefall, led by a secular decline in acreage over the past...

The clock is ticking for FBR

The clock is ticking for FBR

What should have been announced through a formal detailed data release by the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) came in fact to be known through...

Macro obsessions

Macro obsessions

Despite the increasingly powerful reign of chicken in Pakistan, the country is unable to competitively export chicken to the region or anywhere else. Rafiq Rangoonwala,...

Rise of multilateral financing

Rise of multilateral financing

Amid improving macroeconomic stability and fiscal prudence, another green shoot is the healthy inflows from official, multilateral sources. The IMF’s EFF agreement expects Pakistan to...

How not to write FBR’s revenue yearbook?

How not to write FBR’s revenue yearbook?

The FBR released its FY19 revenue yearbook a few days ago. As is the case each year, the revenue yearbook is a motely mix of...

Need for higher development spending

Need for higher development spending

With the fiscal and current account deficits under control, probably earlier than some observers had thought, there is a case for increasing the development spending...

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