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Dr Khaqan Hassan Najeeb
Dr Khaqan Hassan Najeeb

  • June 06, 2024

    Looking for a reformist budget

    Budget 2025 cannot be a run-of-the-mill document for so many reasons

  • May 26, 2024

    Unshackling Pakistan’s economy

    A man reads newspaper while selling betel leaves, known as pan, cigarettes and candies from a shop in Karachi, Pakistan, December 30, 2021. —...

  • May 12, 2024

    Wheat woes: plenty to precarious

    A harvester gathers wheat from a field near the Krasne village in Ukraine's Chernihiv area. — AFP/FileJubilations about the country achieving a...

  • May 06, 2024

    Budget 2025: beyond accounting

    The government can directly influence economic activity through current and capital expenditure

  • March 13, 2024

    Analysis: Is Pakistan ready for the IMF?

    Many in Pakistan informally refer to Pakistan’s soiree with the IMF as an IMF programme

  • January 14, 2024

    Embracing a new dawn

    After inflicting intolerable pain on citizenry, governments abandon symptomatic treatment halfway into life of a programme as conditions get tougher...

  • November 04, 2023

    Within an electoral cycle

    Representational image. — APP/FileDear friends, in the year 2029, as we reflect on the past five years, it is highly satisfying to note how much...

  • August 14, 2023

    Our story is ours to write

    Pakistan is not a finished product, by any stretch of imagination. We Pakistanis must make hard and fundamental decisions about who we are and what...

  • August 06, 2023

    Back from the brink

    The Stand-by Arrangement with the International Monetary Fund has pulled the country back from the brink of default. The SBA gives Pakistan some...

  • July 23, 2023

    How to review a central bank

    The Australian government initiated an independent Review of the Reserve Bank of Australia , on July 20, 2022. The Review panel handed its report to...

  • June 07, 2023

    News Analysis: What should Budget 2023-24 be?

    Representational image. — CanvaThe budget we present to the people of Pakistan June 9 must be an honest conversation. It must convey that our...

  • May 21, 2023

    Budget FY24: a wakeup call

    The economic challenges Pakistan faces are both acute and deep as we prepare the budget for fiscal year 24. The economy faces stagflation with...

  • April 02, 2023

    A chronic state of policy errors

    Pakistanis are living in an era of shocking price hikes, staggering inequality, volatile markets and oligarchic politics. The country faces...

  • January 29, 2023

    Austerity: truly misunderstood

    Certain policy areas are less well understood. Austerity is one of them. Austerity comes from the Latin word ‘austerus’, meaning harshness....

  • December 25, 2022

    This is a ticking clock

    The need for being absolutely accurate in our strategy for solving the immediate economic fragility has never been greater. Pakistan is teetering on...

  • December 11, 2022

    Staying alive

    It is hard to envisage a worthwhile developmental effort without a country developing its own strategies, executing them, taking wrong turns and...

  • October 09, 2022

    The liquidity crunch

    The last few months have seen a disorderly movement in key markets. High fluctuations of the rupee against all major currencies, abnormal increase...

  • September 11, 2022

    Beyond the charter of economy

    The Charter of Economy is perceived as a minimum agenda to be agreed to by political parties, despite different ideologies. The thought process is...

  • August 14, 2022

    Lifting the economy’s speed limits

    ­Independence Day should be a day of reflection — a conscious endeavour helping us unpack the past and spawn new ideas for the future. For...

  • June 19, 2022

    Corrective Budget 2023

    The Setting: The idea of writing this piece is to debate the possibilities of strengthening Pakistan’s budgeting process. This debate helps us...

  • May 31, 2022

    Clear and present threat

    It is time for a brisk, upright and orthodox approach to some of Pakistan’s immediate but huge challenges. Low reserves of the State Bank of...

  • May 17, 2022

    Turbulent times

    Pakistan has been in a number of balance of payments crises since its independence. However, the current balance of payments challenge is different...

  • May 03, 2022

    Economic politicking

    Overcoming the current external solvency challenge is reminiscent of how things were in 2018 in Pakistan. The need to tap friendly countries to...

  • April 19, 2022

    Taking on the economy

    Government is a very demanding business, much more difficult than commentators and critics recognize. It’s a multifaceted process that requires...

  • April 04, 2022

    The economy challenge

    The writer is former adviser,Ministry of Finance.We live in uncertain times. The last two years have been tumultuous for citizens globally. A...

  • March 22, 2022

    Taking the technology route

    In several billion years of human history, the last few centuries have been dramatic in terms of technological development. The divide between...

  • March 08, 2022

    Managing Pakistan’s inflation

    Globally, the spectre of inflation is back after a relatively benign period. The debate on how best to manage inflationary pressures remains...

  • February 22, 2022

    Mind matters

    Each one of us is born with certain endowments which form our life’s ‘portfolio of assets’. Like a smart financial manager who works to...

  • February 08, 2022

    Tough decisions

    Governments all over the world routinely make the following announcements to prepare citizens for difficult days: “We are taking tough decisions;...

  • January 24, 2022

    Pakistan’s tryst with the IMF

    Second chances are rare. Pakistan has had innumerable chances of participating in loan programmes supported by the International Monetary Fund . But...

  • January 11, 2022

    Making it in 2022

    Evidence shows that New Year’s resolutions generally don’t produce the intended results for a majority of people. Studies show that most people...

  • December 28, 2021

    SMEs: an unloved story

    The contention is that Pakistan has 5.2 million small and medium enterprises . A statistic based not on any recent census, but an extrapolation...

  • December 14, 2021

    Restoring sense

    It is fashionable to blame a toxic ‘system’ for most of Pakistan’s ills, including our failings of economy, governance, law and justice as...

  • November 30, 2021

    Intangibles

    The uniqueness and intensity of emotions that grandparents display universally towards grandchildren defy any expression in words. And those of us...

  • November 16, 2021

    The strategy

    It is true that fire-fighting the urgent instead of overcoming the fundamental issues gnawing at the economy takes centre stage in the economic...

  • November 02, 2021

    Economic outlook

    We were beginning to enjoy a welcome party-like atmosphere, created by slight economic recovery and promising improvement in some high-frequency...

  • October 19, 2021

    Emerging picture

    The recovery from the economic shock of Covid-19 appears to be faster and stronger than what most had expected some eighteen months ago. The pace of...

  • October 05, 2021

    Hikmat

    The difference between artificial intelligence and human intelligence lies in the diversity of information and data that the two can absorb to make...

  • September 21, 2021

    Self-awareness

    We are a universe within a universe, a microcosm in the deep recesses of a macrocosm, and an eternal soul in a body of mortal flesh; there is much...

  • September 07, 2021

    Advice

    When asked who a true Muslim is, Prophet Muhammad replied, “One who avoids harming other Muslims with his tongue and hand ”. To understand...

  • August 24, 2021

    Construct of life

    Life is an odd mix of tranquillity and turbulence; harmony and discord; smooth flow and friction; and triumphs and failures. Even more so in the...

  • August 10, 2021

    Togetherness

    As Pakistanis, our fates are bound together. Those of us who aspire to drive public policy have a shared responsibility to carry everyone...

  • July 27, 2021

    Global reform

    Reform is a never-ending task. There is no starting point, and no finish line. It is just a continuous process of being better.After years of...

  • July 13, 2021

    Help the entrepreneur

    Pakistan’s asset – its youth bulge – can translate into economic gains through development of skills and an environment consistent with the...

  • June 29, 2021

    Domestic revenues

    Domestic Resource Mobilisation is the cornerstone of taming debt growth, providing governments with adequate funds for development and delivering...

  • June 13, 2021

    Balancing the budget

    The pickup in the Pakistan economy is largely a result of fiscal incentives at the back of high deficits, debt deferral of approximately $3.6...

  • June 01, 2021

    Budget: a futuristic story

    Pakistan’s Budget 2022 has to be a convincing story for the nation that beyond the clouds the sun is shining. It has to be a story that unveils,...

  • May 23, 2021

    Spendathon Budget 2022

    Budgets are a mix of politics and economics. Though the blend is largely determined by where a government is in the election cycle, a nice balance...

  • May 18, 2021

    Rewiring Budget 2022

    Budgets intuitively have to be about ideas. Ideas shaping expectations of economic agents and giving them real hope about a better future. Ideas...

  • May 04, 2021

    Preparing for growth

    To create more jobs and tax rupees, Pakistan needs a new approach for reindustrialization. Whereas the bulk of the debate focuses on large-scale...