April 24, 2017

Getting Regional Trade Right in Central Asia

Containers at Karachi port. Sheryaar Jivani. (photo by Sheryaar Jivani, CC license)

One golden opportunity for ECO member countries to increase trade and investment is in the road and rail development projects under the China–Pakistan Economic Corridor. Read More »

Pakistan’s Cotton Production to Go Up

Pakistan's cotton production is likely to go up. (Photo by Asian Development Bank, CC license)

Despite long dry spell, Pakistan is headed to mix results of its agriculture production for 2017/18. Read More »

In China and Pakistan’s Coal Romance, Where’s Love for Climate?

Work in progress in Thar coal field to reach one of the world's largest coal deposits several meters under sand and mud in Pakistan's souther Sindh province. (Photo via Thar Coal Energy Board)

Instead of seeking foreign investment to fulfill its energy needs with fossil fuels, Pakistan can ride the renewables wave, developing its workforce and technical and institutional capacity to harness solar energy. Read More »

Afghanistan-Pakistan Treaty on the Kabul River Basin?

The Kabul river flowing past Jalalabad. (image by Peretz Partensky, via thethirdpole.net)

Both Pakistan and Afghanistan would benefit from a treaty to manage the Kabul river basin, but deep mistrust, scaremongering, and a lack of preparation is damaging the chances. Read More »

Pakistan’s Coal Energy: At What Cost?

Kot Addu power plant in Muzaffargarh, Punjab, Pakistan.

The thoughtless rush for coal-fired energy by a politically motivated Pakistani ruling elite is both alarming and questionable. Read More »

How to Get Ready for the Economic Recession Coming in 2017

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The current US economic expansion is nearly the third-longest since the 1850s, making a recession likely in 2017. It's time to get ready. Read More »

How Will Pakistan Fare in 2017?

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Poverty in Pakistan is, in fact, rising, despite all claims by the government and multilateral institutes about economic progress and growth. Read More »

What Will Brexit Mean for Africa?

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Britain's decision to leave the EU will fundamentally affect Africa's relationship with UK in a way that will be damaging to all. Read More »

Asian-led Financial Bodies Needn’t Compete with Current Players

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As the world globalizes further, other developing regions are likely to establish their own regional institutions to provide global public goods. An important lesson for these countries from Asia’s experience is that such institutions should find ways of cooperating with global institutions instead of trying to upstage and replace them. Read More »

3 Years of Painful Cuts Sets Markets Up for Oil Supply Crunch

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Oil prices are entering a “sweet spot” — a range between $50 and $60 per barrel that could finally be good for the global economy – low enough to provide consumers with a bit of a stimulus, but high enough to keep the industry and capital spending afloat. Read More »